Officials Respond to SCOTUS Roe v. Wade Leak

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Monday, a Supreme Court leak said the nation’s highest court ruled to overturn it Roe v. Wade, which protects a woman’s right to choose. Several lawmakers from across New York have responded to the unofficial ruling.

“I’m tired of being sick and tired. I’m tired of it,” Governor Kathy Hochul said at a rally on Tuesday.

Many leaders are speaking out about the leaked opinion, including Governor Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James. They attended pro-choice rallies in Albany and New York City, respectively. Both lawmakers say they believe the right to choose is something they must protect.

“My message to those who will deny this fundamental and basic right: you don’t want to mess with us. You don’t want to mess with New York State. And I assure you, this is a battle you will not win,” Governor Hochul said.

AG James said this is a historic fight and it will take the entire state to win it.

“We are on the front lines of one of the greatest battles we have ever had,” added Attorney General James. “And my question to you is, ‘Are you with me?'”

In New York State, the Reproductive Health Act of 2019 determines the Roe v. Wade ruling in New York State law meaning abortion will be legal in the state regardless of the Supreme Court’s final opinion.

Others say that if the opinion in the leak holds, they support the Court’s opinion and want states to legislate for themselves.

“The decision they’re headed for is the right one, which is: This is a decision that elected officials shouldn’t make in court,” former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker told News 4 during a speech at the Canisius. college. “This is going to be a real debate, state by state, area by area.”

If the opinion in the leak holds up, the Supreme Court ruling would not make abortion illegal nationwide, but leave it to the states to decide. More than 20 states are positioned to ban abortion if: Roe v. Wade is tipped over.

Pro-life activists are also weighing in, and they say it’s a step in the right direction.

“If that final decision does indeed fall, Roe v. Wade, we as pro-life feminists, are grateful. We see it as a step toward rehumanizing humanity,” said Michele Sterlace, executive director of Feminists Choose Life of New York.

Other lawmakers have made statements to News 4, including Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. Chris Jacobs and Rep. Tom Reed.

The Supreme Court is about to decimate women’s rights across our country. A statement to take down completely Roe v. Wadewhich has been in existence for more than 50 years is a gross setback from a grueling struggle for progress and provides a forewarning that equal rights in America are universally endangered.”

Rep. Brian Higgins (D)

This SCOTUS leak represents an unprecedented violation of Supreme Court tradition and procedure. Whoever committed this leak has endangered the life of every Justice and must be held fully accountable.

That said, if this statement turned out to be true, it would be a major victory in the fight to protect the fragile unborn life in our nation. We must protect the right to life.”

Representative Chris Jacobs (R)

This is an unprecedented and disturbing leak that aims to intimidate the Supreme Court. We respect the process and await the official decision of the court.”

Rep. Tom Reed (R)

Tara Lynch is a Born of Buffalo, who joined the News 4 team as a reporter in 2022. She previously worked at WETM in Elmira, NY, a sister station to News 4. You can follow Tara on Facebook and Twitter and find more of her work here.

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