This past Tuesday night, Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) found herself in the crosshairs of Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) throughout the New York gubernatorial debate when the incumbent outright refused to highlight even a single restriction about abortion that she stands in support of, and seemed to stand promoting abortion past a woman’s sixth month of pregnancy.
“Are there any restrictions around abortions you would approve of?” questioned one debate moderator of the Democrat directly.
“What we have in New York state is simply a codification of Roe v. Wade, so what has been out there since … before the Supreme Court undid 50 years of progress for women,” Hochul answered. “… My granddaughter does not have the same right that I had to make a determination — in concert with myself, or my doctor if it’s after the sixth month [of pregnancy]. So, we have the same restrictions.”
“You asked a specific question, whether or not my opponent supports any restriction on abortion,” stated Zeldin, motioning toward one of the moderators. “Of course, she doesn’t answer it — that’s not a coincidence and she didn’t forget.”
For the state of New York, abortion is legal in various cases all the way up until the moment of birth. The recent overturning of Roe v. Wade found that there is no constitutional right to abortion, which effectively kicks back the issue to the states. As highlighted by Zeldin, abortion was not pushed back in the heavily deep-blue state because of the decision.
Gov. Kathy Hochul was asked which restrictions, if any, she supports on abortion.
Here's what she had to say: pic.twitter.com/53mwOIwx06
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Near the start of the debate, Zeldin went off on Hochul concerning the issue of crim, which has managed to get much worse throughout the state and most specifically in New York City proper.
“Kathy Hochul believes that the only crimes being committed are crimes with guns; you have people who are afraid to be pushed in front of oncoming subway cars, they’re being stabbed, beaten to death on the street with hammers,” stated Zeldin, calling out Hochul for putting heavy emphasis on additional laws trying to crack down on the citizens guns rights, despite the fact that the state already sports heavy restrictions.
“Talk to the Asian American community and how it’s impacted them with the loss of lives, Jewish people targeted with raw, violent anti-Semitism on our streets — it just happened yet again,” expressed the Republican. “We need to be talking about all of these other crimes, but instead, Kathy Hochul is busy patting herself on the back, job well done. No, actually.”
“Right now, there should be a special session” to “overhaul cashless bail and these other pro-criminal laws with zero tolerance,” Zeldin went on.