Assemblywoman Hunter Statement on the Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

“In 1973, Roe v. Wade affirmed that a woman has a constitutional right to autonomy over her own body. A woman’s reproductive health decisions should be between her and her doctor. For this reason, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade poses the most significant restriction of rights in the past 50 years and will have devasting consequences on all women. Despite nearly 7 in 10 Americans supporting women’s constitutional right to an abortion, a majority of Supreme Court justices have decided to overturn the precedent set by the court and defy the will of the American people. 

“Roe v. Wade & Planned Parenthood v. Casey have been upheld and regarded as established law for decades. In the words of the first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, “An entire generation has come of age free to assume Roe’s concept of liberty in defining the capacity of women to act in society, and to make reproductive decisions is law.”

“Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett knowingly lied to the American People when they said Roe v. Wade is settled law and the law of the land during their confirmation hearings. Their false assurances of upholding Roe have jeopardized public confidence in the land's highest court. We must not be mistaken; this abomination of a decision is just the beginning. Marriage Equality and access to birth control are in serious jeopardy and could be overturned next.

“In the most recent legislative session, my colleagues and I passed legislation to further protect the rights of patients and empower reproductive healthcare providers in anticipation of this decision. This legislation will not only protect New Yorker's right to an abortion but also shield patients and providers from out-of-state legal actions, making New York a national abortion safe haven.

"As your Assemblywoman, I will fight tooth and nail to ensure Roe v. Wade remains codified in New York State Law and that abortion will always be safe and accessible in New York.