Local Lawmakers and Advocates Weigh In On Overturning Roe

The much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision Friday overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe vs. Wade decision upholding a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion hit many regional lawmakers and advocates for women’s rights here with a thud.

OLA of Eastern Long Island weighed in Friday afternoon condemning the decision.

“This ruling will disproportionately affect low-income women and families of color, including Latina and immigrant women across the country, who historically have less access to reproductive health services, including safe, effective, preventive methods of birth control,” said the Latino advocacy organization in a statement. “OLA believes that this decision endangers the lives of women and erodes women’s constitutional right to privacy, a fundamental component of the Roe v Wade decision.” 

“Today’s ruling overturning Roe and Casey delivers a gut punch to tens of millions of Americans,” tweeted Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the East End’s First Congressional District in an Aug. 23 primary. “I commit to stand with all women against this travesty. And let’s not lose sight of what Justice Thomas’ opinion makes clear. They’re coming after many more fundamental human rights next. A free nation is measured by the rights enjoyed by its citizens; totalitarian nations are measured by the rights ripped away. Today’s ruling by five members of this Supreme Court is wrong, cruel and profoundly changes America for the worse. This is not a more perfect union.”

Current East End Congressman Lee Zeldin, an outspoken conservative who is running for the Republican nomination for governor of New York next Tuesday, crowed about the decision.

“Today is a victory for life, for family, for the constitution, and for federalism,” he said in a statement. “When my daughters, Mikayla and Arianna, were born 14.5 weeks early, I had the opportunity to witness life in the second trimester and it was absolutely beautiful. In a state that has legalized late term partial birth abortion and non-doctors performing abortion, in a state that refuses to advance informed consent and parental consent, and where not enough is being done to promote adoption and support mothers, today is yet another reminder that New York clearly needs to do a much better job to promote, respect and defend life.”

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, also the father of two daughters, begged to differ.

“The decision announced today by the Supreme Court effectively strips away a fundamental right for millions of women across the country, to control their own bodies and make their own healthcare decisions without undue interference from the government,” he said. “Overturning Roe v. Wade not only sets our country back 50 years but also puts the health and safety of countless woman at risk. As the father of two daughters, I am grateful that here in New York, I know that we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that women’s rights are protected always.”

Michelle Bond, a businesswoman who runs a cryptocurrency trade organization, Association for Digital Asset Markets, just threw her hat in the ring for the Republican nomination in the First Congressional District last week — Nick LaLota is believed to be the frontrunner in that Aug. 23 contest.

“Justice Alito is right that ‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.’ It removed the question of abortion from the democratic process, instead forcing on the country one of the most liberal abortion regimes in the world,” said Ms. Bond. “Democrats in Washington now want to pass radical legislation to make abortion legal up until the moment of birth. I will fight that with all that I have and be a pro-life voice for Suffolk County.”

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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