(Video: Associated Press)
New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed her personal story to a reported group of thousands protesting the impending SCOTUS decision on Roe v. Wade, that she argued was supported by what “my god teaches me.”
The demonstration in downtown Manhattan’s Foley Square was in response to Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked majority draft opinion on the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that would, if formally submitted, overturn the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade. When James, 63, stood before the crowd that was chanting slogans and waving signs that read “Abort the patriarchy” and “‘God Squad’ Bigots Go To Hell,” she said there’s something “I want all of you to know.”
“As a former City Council member, many moons ago,” she began harkening back to sometime around 2003 when she first took office, “I came to this issue in a very personal way. I was in this place. I was just elected, and I was faced with a decision: Whether to have an abortion or not.”
“And I chose to have an abortion. I walked proudly into Planned Parenthood. And I make no apologies to anyone, to no one,” James declared before the gathering to which, the New York Post reported, comedian Amy Schumer and members of the group Abortion Access Front had also given speeches on Tuesday.
That story was preceded by her fervent exclamation, “We will not go backwards. We will not go back into those days when we used wire hangers. Not now. Not ever. The right to control our bodies is a fundamental right enshrined in the 14th Amendment. And if they go after this right, who’s next?”
James defended her position with protestations of her deeply held religious beliefs.
“And I’ll have you also know that I am a woman of faith. I go to church. But my god teaches me all about love and acceptance. And my god teaches me about privacy. And my god says that you’ve gotta make the best decision for your body and your life. It’s our right under the law,” she claimed.
The AG, who had briefly entertained a run against incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) following the resignation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo after targeting former President Donald Trump with investigations, ignored the fact that overturning Roe v. Wade did not prohibit her state from allowing abortions and carried on in a rant against Alito and his fellow Justices.
“I will not allow Justice Alito or any other judge on the Supreme Court to dictate to me, or to you, how to use your body,” she railed. “I will not allow Justice Alito to dictate to me, my future, my destiny. It is not in the hands of the United States Supreme Court. It’s in our hands.”
With that, James presented, “New York will establish a fund for a procedure that will pay…for individuals that want to come to New York for a procedure. And we will cover other expenses for getting here as well. Because New York will always provide access in the state of New York to anyone. A place where people are free. “
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