ALBANY, N.Y. (WWTI) — New York State leaders are reacting following a leaked Supreme Court draft poised to overturn abortion rights listed in Roe V. Wade. This includes New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who issued a statement Monday night.
In her statement, Gov. Hochul said she was “horrified” by the draft, saying if made, an overturn to abortion rights would be a “backward” step, while also referring to her newly born granddaughter. Gov. Hochul’s full statement can be read below.
“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.”Gov. Kathy Hochul, May 2, 2022