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Hochul 'horrified' by Supreme Court draft opinion, vows NY will uphold abortion rights

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul reacted to a report in Politicothat said U.S. Supreme Court has voted to overturn the landmark abortion rights decision Roe v Wade, saying New York will help women from states where the procedure is outlawed.

Hochul said she is “horrified” by the leaked draft opinion, and said “for the sake of women across the country, this should not be the Supreme Court's final opinion when it comes to abortion rights.”

Hochul, who became a grandmother over the weekend, said she refuses to let her new granddaughter “have to fight for …rights that should be guaranteed.”

In 2019, New York codified into state law the rights granted in Roe v. Wade, so abortion rights in the state would be unaffected by the draft opinion, were it to be issued as a final decision.

Hochul said women from other states that have so called "trigger laws," which would outlaw abortion if the court over turns Roe, will be welcomed “with open arms” in New York, where they can receive access to care.

She said that “New York will always be a place where abortion rights are protected and where abortion is safe and accessible.”

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first woman to hold that post, said in a statement that she is “extremely troubled” by the preliminary opinion.

Stewart-Cousins said New York will remain a “destination state for any and all seeking abortion care.”

She urged Congress to act quickly to codify the rights in Roe into federal law.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.