Access to safe, legal abortion in America took a devastating blow last night with POLITICO reporting on a leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion that would strike down Roe v. Wade and open the door for 26 states to immediately move to ban the right to abortion. New York Republicans are complicit in this all-out assault on women’s freedoms.
New Yorkers need to know the Republican congressional candidates’ dangerous record on women’s reproductive freedom and health care:
NY-11: Career Politician Nicole Malliotakis has consistently voted against protecting abortion rights. In Congress, Malliotakis voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act, to protect abortion and reproductive health care, and even went out of her way to call the bill “barbaric.” In the New York State Assembly, Malliotakis repeatedly voted against New York State’s Reproductive Health Act, which codified Roe v. Wade into New York State law. As the threat to abortion and reproductive rights became more apparent, Malliotakis wrote an op-ed that claimed Roe v. Wade was not at risk, and accused Democrats of using the issue as a “political bogeyman.”
NY-19: Marc Molinaro opposed New York’s Reproductive Health Act, which codified Roe v. Wade into New York State law. Molinaro opposed allowing Medicaid funds to be used for abortions, transfered funds from his state campaign account to an anti-choice organization that operated Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and claimed that “only poor people” got abortions without doctors.
Make no mistake – access to abortion is on the line this November and hinges on control of Congress. Just hours before the draft Supreme Court opinion was leaked, the Washington Post reported that congressional Republicans are working on a “push for a strict nationwide ban on the procedure if Republicans retake power in Washington.”
DCCC spokesperson Abel Iraola:
“The stakes in this election could not be higher: electing New York Republicans will put House Republicans one step closer to achieving their decades-long dream of ripping away women’s freedom to make their own decisions about their bodies.”