Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated on Sunday that after the Supreme Court repealed Roe v. Wade, the Empire State will likely be a “safe harbor” for those seeking an abortion, noting that there will likely be a referendum on former President Donald Trump’s selections in November.
Kathy Hochul said she had already set aside $35 million for abortion clinics to boost their services in preparation for a surge in people traveling to New York for abortions in an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Present.”
The governor added that in New York, where late-term abortions are already permitted, rules preventing clinicians from being held liable when clients travel from other states for abortion have already been signed. She added that these regulations forbid anyone from being extradited from New York to face an abortion-related trial elsewhere.
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Kathy Hochul conjectured that the Supreme Court’s decision may signal more federal government overreach in relation to other reproductive issues, such as contraception, even while it says the Constitution does not safeguard a woman’s right to an abortion and sends that matter back to the state legislatures.
Kathy Hochul also said that abortion would be a significant issue in the November election and blamed Trump for having three Supreme Court nominations approved during his four years in office. They were Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch.
The governor added that when the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that New York State’s limits on concealed carry permits were unconstitutional, she called a special session of the state legislature.
She and other Democrats, like New York City Mayor Eric Adams, condemned the decision, saying it would lead to even more gun violence in the state combating crime despite having some of the strongest gun laws in the country.