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Queens Officials React to Roe v Wade Draft Ruling, Say Decision Would Deny Women of Fundamental Rights

My body my choice sign at a Stop Abortion Bans Rally (Photo: Lorie Shaull/wiki)

May 3, 2022 By Christian Murray

Elected officials in Queens have been quick to criticize a draft ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that would strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

The ruling would essentially put the issue of abortion rights in the hands of state legislatures as opposed to courts. While abortion rights are protected in New York by state law—and the ruling would have little local effect—Queens leaders viewed the draft decision as a step backward for the nation, noting that in many states women would be denied access.

“The heartless cruelty of this draft ruling is equal parts vicious, hateful, sexist, racist and anti-American,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards in a statement. “After years of Republican-led efforts to callously limit abortion services in direct violation of Roe v. Wade in states like Texas and Mississippi, tens of millions of people who seek the simple, yet fundamental human right to body autonomy will soon see their own reproductive systems under government control,”

The news website POLITICO broke the story of the draft ruling Monday, noting that it had been leaked to the outlet.

The overturning of Roe is expected to lead to stricter limits in 26 states, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion-rights advocacy research group. The restrictions would primarily be in the South and Midwest. However, in left-leaning states, such as New York and California, it would have little impact for its residents.

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The draft ruling repudiates the court’s 1973 decision, which granted federal constitutional protections of abortion rights. Instead, the ruling makes it clear that abortion rights should be determined by the elected leaders of each respective state.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the initial draft majority opinion, reported POLITICO. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

But many elected leaders who represent Queens view the ruling as a slippery slope for the nation and made clear that abortion rights need to be protected.

“As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion – they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights,” tweeted Congressmember Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

She called on Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe. She also retweeted a statement from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders who also called for the passage of new law.

“Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW. And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there are not, we must end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.”

Several Queens legislators made clear that abortion rights need to be protected, including Council Member Julie Won who recently gave birth.

“After having a baby, I am more pro-choice. Not bc I don’t love my baby/love being a mom, but bc what women go through to give birth, vaginal or c-section, is so traumatic & invasive, women should be able to choose to go through it,” Won tweeted.

Meanwhile, Council Member Skekar Krishnan tweeted that the decision would be devastating if the draft opinion becomes final.

“An unprecedented leak, a catastrophic decision—we need immediate action to protect reproductive rights and repudiate this. The stakes couldn’t be higher.”

Meanwhile, Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas said that the ruling would lead to the death of many women.

“The expected overruling of Roe v. Wade will lead to the death of people and women who give birth across this nation. We have to fight this. Congress MUST pass legislation that codifies #RoeVWade!”

State Sen. Jessica Ramos said that New York State lawmakers were concerned that the Supreme Court would one day strike down Roe v. Wade and made steps to protect New Yorkers.

“As a freshman legislator, I signed onto the Reproductive Health Act as soon as I could,” she tweeted. “We codified Roe in NYS to defend against this exact scenario, but we know attacks on Roe are just the beginning. LGBTQ & interracial marriage are also put in jeopardy by this leaked draft.”

Meanwhile, Councilmember Tiffany Cabán is urging residents to get out and protest. She tweeted: “Join us in the Streets.”

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Smh

Forced? Abortion is not a form of contraception. Abortions should be allowed in women who were raped or if it means saving a mothers life if the fetus threatens her health.

But stop with the disinformation. The orange states that you speak about, let’s break it down. Guess what part of the population teenage pregnancies are most frequent in? And guess where most of these kids live in? I’ll give you a hint. It’s the same cities where there is high crime, high poverty, and low performing schools.

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Gullible Republicans believe in myths fairytales and conspiracy theories

Smh- Either you’re wrong and just don’t care, yet again or you’re just posting more propaganda. These are the 10 states with the highest teen birth rates in 2020. USNews.com All very rural states.
Arkansas (30 per 100k)
Mississippi (29.1 per 100k)
Louisiana (27.8 per 100k)
Oklahoma (27.4 per 100k)
Alabama (25.6 per 100k)
West Virginia (25.2 per 100k)
Kentucky (24.9 per 100k)
New Mexico (24.4 per 100k)
Texas (24 per 100k)
Tennessee (23.7 per 100k)

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Fay

This will have a huge impact on midterm elections. Democrats wil stay in power.

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Parents need to stop wanting to be

Grandparents by the age of 30!!! There’s your problem right there!!!!

Stop making the country pay for your (on purpose) mistakes!!!!!

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Stop the censorship

I’m not quiet
I’m pro life
Editors is Sunnyside post censor pro lifers

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The government should be allowed to tell women which surgeries to have

Critic Al why are you pro-abortion?

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Kenny

As usual, the far left politicians make the liberals look worse. They should at least recognize the fact that we are talking about babies. Their tweets and statements come off as tone deaf and heartless, which makes it easy for the republicans to label them as baby killers.

Civil war is on the horizon because of extremists on both sides.

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MBMC

I can’t even take my party seriously when now it’s my body my choice but for vaccines it’s a completely different story. Banana republic.

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This really is Trump lovers' most nuanced understanding

Yeah, the “no government mandates” crowd seems to REALLY want the government to mandate motherhood, weird huh? It’s almost like context matters…

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not exactly

not allowing the murder of unborn children is not “mandating motherhood”…you can put your child up for adoption or drop it off no questions asked at a firehouse, police station, etc.

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This is what Republicans actually believe

So if you’re raped and get pregnant, you should be forced by the government to carry the pregnancy to full term then “drop it off no questions asked” at a firehouse?! That should be great for society!

“unborn children?” So if Roe is overturned women can go back and claim the fetus as a dependent on their taxes for the 9 months they were pregnant right? No different than a child after all?

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Hank

Jessica González-Rojas’ quote might be true, but I think more babies die in abortion than women do giving birth or attempting their own abortions.

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Forced motherhood for all!

The government decides what a woman does. With teenage pregnancy so high in orange stages, the timing of this makes you wonder.

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