NEW YORK (PIX 11) — Leaders in New York and New Jersey reassured residents on Tuesday that abortions will remain legal following the release of a Supreme Court draft opinion that could strike down Roe v. Wade.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams made their positions clear on the issue on social media.
“New York City knows a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions are hers and hers alone… We’re ready to fight like hell,” Adams said in a tweet.
“Abortion will always be safe and accessible in New York,” Hochul tweeted.
On Monday evening, Politico published a draft of the ruling poised to overturn the landmark 1973 decision that federally protects the right to abortion access. The 67-page document was described as an initial draft majority opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito, a conservative. The draft may have changed since February when it was written. Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday confirmed the draft’s authenticity and promised an investigation into the source of the leak.
If overturned, it would be up to state representatives to decide whether they allow or ban abortion. In New York, the right will remain protected. The 2019 Reproductive Healthcare Act preserves abortions and decriminalizes the procedure for patients and the doctors who perform them.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy assured residents they also will still have access to abortions. He codified the right to abortion in New Jersey’s state law in January.
“Truly a dark day in America,” Murphy said in a tweet.
At a press conference held on Tuesday morning, Murphy reiterated that New Jersey’s law will hold up against a federal overturn of Roe v. Wade.
“If the court indeed does take this awful step, this decision will have no impact on New Jersey state law or the full right to reproductive freedom,” he said.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the potential ruling could threaten civil rights issues. She said the opinion shows that the Supreme Court is “coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage [and] civil rights.”
The court opinion is just a draft and the final decision could come in July.