Glen Cove, New York – As we near the 49th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling, Assemblymember Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) is reasserting his ardent support for a woman’s right to choose. Roe v. Wade was a landmark legal decision issued on January 22, 1973, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute banning abortion, effectively legalizing the procedure across the United States. Since the ruling, many states have imposed restrictions on abortion rights – including most recently Texas and Mississippi.
Lavine is a founding member of the New York State Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus which recently filed an amicus brief advocating for abortion rights in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The filing of the brief followed the U.S. Supreme Court decision to review Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. The Mississippi case, which the Court is reviewing, is the first direct challenge to Roe v. Wade since Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation and is likely to determine the future of reproductive freedom in the United States.
“I am extremely concerned that in the Mississippi case, the conservative leaning Court may very well overrule nearly 50 years of precedent that has protected abortion rights. We must continue to fight to ensure that every woman who needs access to an abortion can get the care she needs,” Lavine said.