Gov. Kathy Hochul was in New York City to help break ground on a new Stonewall Inn Visitor’s Center.
“This was supposed to be a day of celebration, a celebration of a groundbreaking of a historic place, here at Stonewall for the rights of the LGBTQ movement for the nation began,” Hochul said. “Instead, it is a dark day for women across this nation who have long fought for the right to have control over their own bodies. A fight that my grandmother’s generation had to fight, my mother’s generation, my generation, my daughter’s generation and apparently now my brand-new granddaughter’s generation.
“This is repulsive at every level. To think that the Supreme Court says there’s absolutely no constitutional right to an abortion, something that we’ve had in our state since 1970, in our nation since 1973, Roe v. Wade. So this is turning back the tides of time and progress.
“It is frustrating, but this is New York. We’re going to stand up. We’re going to fight back, just as we did when the news of this case leaked months ago, that this could actually happen in our nation.
“We now require insurance companies to cover abortion services. I added $35 million to our state budget to make sure that we have the resources necessary to expand services. Because New York, with the Statue of Liberty standing in our harbor, will always be a safe harbor – a place for women in search of freedom – freedom to control their own body – will be able to come to our state, the state of New York.
“And also, this Supreme Court, one day ago tells states, state leaders like myself, that I don’t have complete control to determine who should be able to carry a gun in a place like this. But that same Supreme Court has no problem stripping away a woman’s right to control her body and allowing states to regulate her decisions. Meaning, as a result, in states that don’t allow abortions any longer, and that’s what the supreme court gave them license to do, you’ll end up with government-mandated pregnancies. How do you reconcile that with taking away the ability that they just did with the gun case yesterday for states to protect our citizens.
“Elections have consequences. There’s three Supreme Court justices who are there as a result of an election back in 2016. Let that be a message to voters everywhere. This is what happens when extremism takes over not just our country – it has infiltrated the Supreme Court of the United States of America. We lose our ability to protect our citizens from gun violence, and as women, we lose the right to make a decision – a very personal decision, about our own bodies.”
Hochul touted her “preemptive measures” ahead of the decision.
“In the last two weeks, I signed a sweeping package of bills, not just the money we allocated, but also said we’re going to protect and give immunity to abortion providers here in the state of New York, because they are at risk of lawsuits in other states where they give a personal right of individual to sue a personal right of action. So we took those steps. And we’re going to continue to find other ways that can protect the rights of women are sacred in New York, the rights of women will never be jeopardized under my watch in this state, you can count on that. But our sisters across this nation who’ve been stripped of a right and we know that they’ll be finding refuge, a safe harbor here in our state, and our providers are ready, will take care of it. But indeed, this is a day that will go down in history, the day when women are no longer allowed the responsibility to make a decision regarding their own reproductive freedom. This, my friends is a very, very dark day. Thanks, everyone.