Elation for some, heartbreak for others as US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade
The United States Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority.
Some pro-life advocates spoke to News 12 and were elated that Roe v. Wade was overturned.
"Life is life and there is a child in there," says Cara Smyth, of Fort Solonga. "I know, I had an abortion at 18 and it really affected me. My mind, my emotion, everything."
She has worked for years to try and deter others from having an abortion and to choose life.
"It will hurt you more than you ever know, you are taking the life of your own child and that is very hard to live with," Smyth says.
However, others News 12 spoke with were devastated and were in tears about the decision.
Joy Calloway, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, was extremely disappointed with the Court's decision and says abortion rights for women across the nation should be available to everyone.
"Abortion care is health care, and you still have a right to a safe, legal abortion here in New York," Calloway says.
Republican State Sen. Phil Boyle proposed legislation that would ban the use of taxpayer money to fund people from other states coming to New York for an abortion.
New York had abortion rights before 1973 when the Roe v. Wade decision came down.