NY Attorney General shares own abortion story with ‘no apologies to anyone’

New York Attorney General Letitia James has publicly revealed that she had an abortion shortly after being elected to public office nearly two decades ago, telling abortion rights activists on Tuesday at New York that she apologized “to no one”.

James, 63, had just won a seat on the New York City Council – the start of a pioneering public career for women and black people – when she addressed the issue of abortion “in a very personal way “, she said.

“I was in that place,” she emotionally told activists who rallied in response to a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting the court could strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade making abortion a constitutional right.

“I had just been elected and I was faced with the decision to have an abortion or not. And I chose to abort. I proudly walked into Planned Parenthood,” she continued amid cheers and applause. “And I make no apologies to anyone. To no one.

James was elected to city council in 2003 and served for nearly a decade. She was elected New York City’s Public Advocate in 2013, becoming the first black woman to hold citywide office. In 2018, when she was elected New York’s Attorney General, she became the first black person and the first woman to hold the position. Among his most high-profile cases is an ongoing civil investigation into the business practices of former President Donald Trump.

“We are not going back,” James told thousands of protesters gathered on Tuesday, vowing to fight any reversal of women’s rights.

The Supreme Court’s leaked opinion on abortion is not final and is subject to change before the court officially issues its decision in the next two months.




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