Assemblywoman Judy Griffin’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. — Assemblywoman Judy Griffin (D-Rockville Centre, 21st District) said the following in response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health:

“This is a dark day for freedom, privacy, and equality. 1 in 4 women will have an abortion in their lifetime; an intensely private decision made for their health, safety, and well-being. Generations of American women fought for the right to have control of their own bodies to be nationwide law - and we will continue that fight.

New York's current legislative majorities will never allow a woman’s fundamental right to choose and control her reproductive decisions to be taken away in the Empire State. I am very proud to have co-sponsored New York State’s Reproductive Health Act and every single one of the landmark reproductive health bills signed into law by our first female Governor this past month. I wish that these laws were not necessary, but New York State is ready to stand up for women’s freedom and dignity.

When I first ran for office in 2018, I listened to the majority of women in the 21st Assembly District in southwest Nassau County: they wanted to protect their right to choose and have access to contraception, and demand that still today. We passed the Reproductive Health Act back in 2019 – in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court might one day vote to take that choice away. That sad day is here, but our residents and women nationwide should know that in New York State we have protected the right to choose by codifying the principles of Roe v. Wade into our laws here so that the right to choose is safe within our borders.

We in the State Legislature’s pro-choice majorities will continue to work with the Governor and Attorney General to do all we can here in New York State, but there is no question that Washington must act to protect a woman’s right to choose and the reproductive privacy of all American women.

I have and will always respect the sincere beliefs of those who view abortion, contraception, and reproductive health differently than myself and the clear majority of New Yorkers and Americans but let me be crystal clear: I will stay true to my promise to my constituents and continue to vigorously fight to protect the equal rights of my daughters, my granddaughter, and all the women of New York State.

This is not the end. This is the beginning of a new fight for freedom and justice for all.”