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AG Letitia James vows New York will remain ‘safe haven’ for abortion as she slams ‘vicious decision’ to overturn Roe v Wade

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New York Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar

New York Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar

US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe was “egregiously wrong” and “must be overruled”. Photo: AP

US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe was “egregiously wrong” and “must be overruled”. Photo: AP

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New York Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar

New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, has vowed the state will “always be a safe haven” for women seeking abortions as she slammed the “vicious decision” to overturn Roe v Wade.

The state’s top lawyer issued a statement yesterday just minutes after the conservative-majority US Supreme Court handed down its ruling on abortion access and effectively backpedalled on the reproductive rights of the American people by half a ­century.

Ms James called the ruling “one of the darkest moments in the history of this nation” and pledged to work “tirelessly” to protect access to abortion care in the state.

“The Supreme Court’s vicious decision to overturn Roe v Wade is one of the darkest moments in the history of this nation,” she tweeted.

“Make no mistake: While other states strip away the fundamental right to choose, New York will always be a safe haven for anyone seeking an abortion.

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“I will work tirelessly to ensure our most vulnerable and people from hostile states have access to this lifesaving care. Everyone in this nation deserves the right to make their own decisions about their bodies.”

Yesterday morning the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade ruling, ending the right to abortion access for millions of women across America.

In the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation, the justices ruled 6-3 to strike down the constitutional right to an abortion and send the powers back to individual states.

In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe – as well as the 1992 ruling on Planned Parenthood v Casey that further cemented abortion as a constitutional right – was “egregiously wrong” and “must be overruled”.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” he wrote.

“Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.

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“And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

In their dissent, liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan blasted the decision.

“With sorrow – for this court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection – we dissent,” they wrote.


The final ruling comes over a month after a draft majority opinion was leaked, revealing the court’s intentions to overturn abortion rights.

Following the leak, several Democrat-led states including New York strengthened abortion protections.

Abortion was already protected in New York under laws passed in 2019.

The state passed comprehensive abortion protections and removed abortion from the state’s criminal code, with the right to an abortion protected up until 24 weeks of pregnancy.

After 24 weeks, abortion care is allowed only to protect the life or health of the patient or if the foetus is no longer viable.


Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation on June 13 shielding both abortion patients coming from other states – as well as clinicians who provide abortion services for them – from facing out-of-state legal action. (© Independent News Service)

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