ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) — After the leak of the draft opinion indicating the U.S. Supreme Court will overthrow Roe v. Wade, rallies have taken place across the country, including in the city of Albany. The rally in West Capitol Park was organized by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.
Supporters of Roe v. Wade showed up to protest the possibility of nullifying it. Some of the leaders present including Gov. Kathy Hochul and newly appointed Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado.
The 1973 case legalized abortion nationwide. The court is expected to rule on the case before the deadline expires in late June or early July. In effect, the draft opinion states that there is no constitutional right to abortion services. It would allow individual states to more strictly regulate or ban the procedure altogether.
New York state codified the abortion law in 2019, meaning it would pass the Supreme Court’s decision if Roe v. Wade were overturned.
In New York, it is legal to have an abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. After that, an abortion can take place if a person’s health is in danger or if the fetus will not survive.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.