know about Abortion becomes the focus of the race for the 25th Congressional District
One of the most important issues for voters heading to the polls this November will be women’s reproductive rights, following the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe vs. Wade.
That issue heated up Friday in the race for the 25th Congressional District.
“Together we have the power to stand up to abortion bans and claim our rights. Please join us in supporting Congressman Morelle in New York’s 25th district,” said Michelle Casey, chair of the Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts board during a press conference with Rep. Joseph Morelle.
Casey says Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts is supporting Morelle to help prevent a potential national abortion ban.
“We need national protections,” Morelle said. “We need to pass the Women’s Reproductive Health Act through Congress, get the president to sign it, help enshrine and codify the provisions of those principles that are embodied in Roe vs. Wade.”
While women’s reproductive health is protected in New York state, Morelle says a federal ban could change that.
“But what I repeatedly remind people is that you can have all the protections in New York State that the state legislature, the governor can propose, but a national abortion ban, which has been contemplated by extremists and Congress . , it would remove all those protections,” he said. “So federal law trumps, under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, it will make it a violation in every state, according to the written bills. But a ban is a ban. And so the protections in New York would no longer apply. That is why this is so important, that is why these federal elections are so important. And why is this issue on the ballot in November.”
“Joe Morelle really wants people to believe that one day there will be a national abortion ban. I’m here to tell people I’m not in favor of a national abortion ban,” said Morelle’s challenger, former Rochester City Police Chief La’Ron Singletary.
She held her own press conference, stating, “I understand that there may be a time in a woman’s life when she has to make a difficult decision. Morelle could never have imagined the situations I encountered on the streets of Rochester during my 20-year career as a law enforcement officer.”
Singletary says she is against abortion except in circumstances of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
“I don’t think there could be a greater contrast in our positions on this issue,” Singletary said. “I have been pro-choice and I have voted pro-choice in the state legislature and now in Congress. I will continue to be a strong advocate. It is not.”
Abortion and race were discussed at both press conferences.
“These restrictions disproportionately harm Black, Latinx, Indigenous people and people of color because of this country’s legacy of racism and discrimination,” Casey said.
“For me, it’s about giving women, especially black women, the help and resources to make a decision they want to make, not a decision they’re forced to make,” Singletary said. “Joe Morelle likes to talk about mixed results. Well, part of that conversation should involve abortion. According to Vital Statistics from the New York State Department of Health, in Monroe County, for every 100 black babies born, 59 are aborted. Of every 100 white babies born, 14 are aborted. The liberal policies supported by Joe Morelle have failed our community, especially the Black community.”
Despite that, the pro-abortion community is with the incumbent.
“We must ensure that Congressman Morelle and champions like him fight to protect our rights in November,” Casey said. “Our very lives are at stake.”