TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden has issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to upend half a century of legal precedent on abortion rights and strip fundamental health decisions away from women is shameful, deeply disturbing and a massive step backward for our country. It eliminates the right of women to make the most intensely personal decisions about their lives, their health, and their families. This decision and its underlying reasoning sets a dark precedent for the future of a number of recognized individual rights potentially impacting all Americans.
“While New York has robust protections for reproductive health, I cannot help but think of the millions of women across our country who today have less control over their bodies based exclusively on where they live. Individual civil rights should never be dependent on one’s state of residence.
“However, we cannot lose faith in our democracy and the promise of a nation that protects all people equally. I stand in support of a woman’s right to choose and those who continue the fight for a permanent federal protection for abortion access.”
John Salka, Communications Director
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131
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