New York Attorney General Letitia James has revealed that she chose an abortion in the early days of her political career.
James, a Democrat, joined thousands of protesters on Tuesday who gathered in New York City’s Foley Square to protest leaked Supreme Court draft majority opinion Samuel Alito in support of the overthrow. Roe to Wade, which was published by Politics on Monday night and later verified as authentic by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Addressing the crowd, James said the news of the vote to reverse the historic decision was a “call to action” for abortion rights supporters. She stressed that the country “couldn’t go back to the days when we used wire hangers” before recalling her own experience of choosing to have an abortion.
“I want you all to know: As a former councilor many moons ago, I came to this issue in a very personal way,” James told the crowd. “I was in this place. I had just been elected and I was faced with a decision: whether or not to have an abortion.”
“And I chose to have an abortion,” she continued. “I proudly walked into Planned Parenthood. And I don’t apologize to anyone, to anyone… It’s our right under the law.”
James added that it was “important to remember” that women make up the majority of the American population and that “most people believe in the right to choose,” while calling on Congress to pass a national law on the to pass abortion rights and called on voters to vote for candidates in favor of abortion rights.
The attorney general further told the crowd that New York would “establish a fund for individuals who want to come to New York for a trial.” On the same day, two Democratic state legislators proposed legislation that would create a similar “Fund for Reproductive Freedom and Equality.”
New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul also suggested that her state would be a safe haven for those seeking abortion care should the Supreme Court fall. Roe to Wade.
“Let me be clear: we don’t play defensively, we play offensively,” Hochul said during a press conference. “So my message to women across this country is that New York, the state of New York, will always be there for anyone who needs reproductive health care, including an abortion.”
James was first elected to the New York City Council in 2003 and served from 2004 to 2013. She was elected attorney general in 2018, a role that has recently kept her in the national spotlight, in part because of a high-profile investigation into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump.
news week reached out to James’ office for comment.