(June 24, 2022 at 10:20am)

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. stated the following in response to today’s shameful and deadly Supreme Court ruling to callously overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, officially eliminating the Constitutional right to abortion services federally guaranteed to Americans since 1973.

“From African Americans in Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson to Asian Americans in Korematsu v. United States, the Supreme Court has a disgusting history of declaring that entire demographics do not have the right to determine their own destinies. Today, the Court has written another dystopian chapter in our nation’s history by ripping away the fundamental right to body autonomy for all Americans with the ability to become pregnant — an evil and hateful decision that will forever be viewed through the prisms of shame and scorn,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “The United States is a darker and more dangerous nation this morning, as millions of people across this country — especially LGBTQIA+ Americans, people of color and lower-income individuals — will be forced to either risk their lives to seek unsafe abortions or carry an unwanted or unviable pregnancy to term. Decades of progress and countless lives will be lost because of this decision, while the futures of millions more will be forever altered, but Queens will not let such a racist and sexist step backward in our fight for justice deter us.

“Here in New York, abortion remains legal, and we must leave no stone unturned to not just expand access to abortion services for New Yorkers, but to better support our abortion care providers and make our state a true sanctuary for those from outside our borders seeking a procedure. As we’ve seen today on the federal level and in Republican-led states over the last few years, however, the consequences of electing leaders openly hostile to abortion rights are absolutely devastating,” Borough President RICHARDS added. “We must elect unapologetic proponents of abortion care to represent us on all levels of government, and we must demand with a deafening roar that the protections provided through Roe v. Wade for 49 years be immediately codified into federal law, no matter what. Under no circumstance will Queens and the hundreds of millions of Americans who believe in body autonomy stay silent — it’s time to organize and mobilize like never before.”

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