Statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on Leaked Supreme Court Opinion on Roe V. Wade

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Kathleen Courtney Hochul is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 57th governor of New York since August 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Hochul is the first female governor of New York.

May 2, 2022 — “I am horrified by the apparent draft Supreme Court opinion leaked this evening that would overturn the right to abortion guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. For the sake of women across the country, this should not be the Supreme Court’s final opinion when it comes to abortion rights.

“We have been fighting this battle for too long. I refuse to go backwards. I refuse to let my new granddaughter have to fight for the rights generations have fought for and won, rights that she should be guaranteed.

“For anyone who needs access to care, our state will welcome you with open arms. New York will always be a place where abortion rights are protected and where abortion is safe and accessible. Just as the Statue of Liberty lifts her lamp tall in our harbor, New York will never stop fighting for what’s right — unafraid and undeterred.”

TribuneStatement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on Leaked Supreme Court Opinion on Roe V. Wade

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  1. At the conclusion of the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City many thousands in attendance realized they had nominated the wrong candidate for President. However, they got it right by putting a Pro-Life position in their by-laws. Fast forward to the Gipper’s triumphant victories in ’80 and ’84. (President Reagan a true defender of the Right to Life and Traditional Values. Like President Donald Trump a future successor to the highest office.)

  2. Governor Hochul will do whatever it takes to win a full-term as Governor of New York. The abortion issue won’t be the deciding factor in that race. It’s violent crime and the bail reform laws in Albany. Fortunately, this contest will be in play for the Republican’s candidate. ( A long hot summer of crime is on the horizon.) If Cuomo runs as an independent she’s finished.

  3. Governor Hochul like everyone has the right to their opinion on abortion and the 1973 Roe V Wade opinion. In reality most Americans are strongly against Partial Birth Abortion. Governor Hugh Carey when in office was an abortion rights politcian. Years later before his passing he proclaimed he was wrong and became Pro-life this father of many. I’m sure this was a burden he carried with him till his last breath On this earth. (In the end you’re conscience will always get you.)

    1. 60% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in most cases according to Pew Research polling.

      80% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in some shape or form according to the latest Gallup polling.

      You are part of a fringe minority whose views are at odds with the majority of American society and your imposition of those views is anachronistic to the idea of separation of church and state upon which this nation was founded. Even in Republican states that are passing anti-abortion laws that make absolutely no exception (even in cases of rape or incest), there isn’t a State where over 30% of the population supports a total ban on abortion.

      Conservatives like yourselves have made abortion appear to be equally divisive as part of a concerted effort to stymie any progress on this issue-and to make any outcome however regressive it may be, appear to be as if it were part of some deliberative process. Instead it’s knee-jerk reactionist malarkey for a sanctimonious group that seeks to exert control over those who don’t choose to live their lives as defined by their arbitrary edicts. Just three years ago, when New York State Legislature codified Roe v. Wade into law, Republican leaders insulted Democrats who sought to put this safeguard in place as being hysterical or frenetic. Now, we are in the endgame, and Republicans are finally going to deliver the final victory that their craven base has wanted for so long, yet they can’t celebrate because they know that a majority of the public doesn’t share their view.

      P.S., in Alito’s draft opinion, he makes it clear that he doesn’t support Roe or Casey because abortion isn’t perceivably a long-standing right as it was only ruled on in 1972 and that it is relatively recent in the span of America’s 246 year history. Should we abolish Brown v. Board of Ed and allow states to racially segregate schools because it was only ruled on 68 years ago and racial segregation was the norm in many states up to that point? Or interracial marriages which were only legalized nationwide 56 years ago, and were prohibited in many states up to that point? Or same-sex marriages which were only legalized 7 years ago, and illegal in many states up to that point? To agree with this ruling striking down precedent on this reasoning is to open the flood gates to allow states to challenge these landmark cases of American jurisprudence, as all of them bestowed rights to Americans when most legal structures and American institutions didn’t acknowledge them as legitimate. So tell us, do you support states banning any of the aforementioned rights which were granted through reasoning that the current Conservative court finds to be flawed? These things cannot be mutually exclusive-as stated in the court’s draft. I eagerly await your response.

      1. the 1973 decision was even critiqued by RBG who said the decision was problematic-its near consensus among legal scholars, even those who believe abortion should be legal , that Roe was a shoddy decision , not grounded in the Constitution. The Constitution does not protect abortion as a fundamental right. Roe relied on the “right of privacy” emanating from a “penumbra ‘ cast by by actually enumerated rights. It was clearly motivated reasoning. It is quite concerning that abortion advocates are relying on threats to protect Roe including threats of violence and declaring the SCOTUS illegitimate. When you have neither the facts nor the Constitution on your side, you threaten judges-wonder if that nit wit Biden will declare these abortion advocates “domestic terrorists” and a threat to our democracy.

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