Gov. Hochul 'horrified' by draft on Supreme Court potentially overturning Roe vs. Wade
A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday.
A decision to overrule Roe v. Wade could lead to abortion bans in about half the states in the country. It will also have a huge impact on this year's elections as people place their vote for a new governor in New York.
According to Politico, the draft started circulating in February and was written by Justice Samuel Alito. According to that draft, the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade's holding of a federal constitutional right to abortion. Some Republican lawmakers welcome the shocking new find while Democrats are urging senators to rule and pass legislation to protect abortion rights.
Gov. Kathy Hochul said in part that she is "horrified" by the draft and that, "for the sake of women across the country, this should not be the Supreme Court's final opinion when it comes to abortion rights."
Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand also weighed in saying the draft can, "Destroy the fundamental human and reproductive rights of millions of women, willfully disregarding public opinion and court precedent."
At this hour, it is not clear if this draft opinion represents the court's final say in the Roe vs Wade case. The Supreme Court has not commented on the report yet.