You are reading

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.

guttmacher.org

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.”

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

Creep sought for performing ‘lewd act’ in front on M train rider in Ridgewood last month: NYPD

Police from the 104th Precinct and Transit District 33 are looking for a suspect in a public lewdness investigation for an incident on an M train at the Seneca Avenue station last month.

A 31-year-old woman was on board a Queens-bound M train on Sunday, Jan. 22, at around 9:20 p.m., when she was approached by the unknown man who proceeded to perform a lewd act in front of her, according to an NYPD spokesman, who could not provide any details about what the lewd act was.

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

Raga sworn in as first-ever Filipino American elected to the state Legislature

More than 300 community members attended the historic inauguration of Assemblyman Steven Raga as the first Filipino American elected to office in New York state.

Many who attended the swearing-in event at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park wore traditional and cultural attire to the event at the building that once housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations from 1946 to 1950 until its current home in Manhattan became available for the world body.

Ridgewood’s 104th Precinct working to ward off illegal motorbikes, abandoned vehicles and more 311 complaints

Illegal parking, blocked driveways and abandoned vehicles are some of the more common issues at almost every community-driven meeting. The Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale communities know all too well that these issues constantly plague their quality of life. 

The 104th Precinct recently shared several posts on Twitter involving the confiscation of illegal motorbikes and the towing of multiple abandoned vehicles. The efforts to thwart these recurring quality-of-life issues increased over the last two months, at the same time Deputy Inspector Kevin Coleman, the commanding officer of the 104, took over.

Ridgewood Garden Associates lawsuit claims city DOT failed to negotiate on locations of new Citi Bike stations

Ridgewood Garden Associates Inc., a residential co-op based in Maspeth, is filing a lawsuit against the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) and Lyft for their alleged lack of negotiation on alternative locations for the installation of Citi Bike stations near their property.

According to Ridgewood Garden Associates Inc.’s president of the board of directors, George Mandato, the organization sent a letter to Councilman Robert Holden in December 2022 requesting a discussion about alternative locations and dates for the DOT’s installation of the bike stations. However, they were unable to get the chance to do so.