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New York Attorney General Letitia James gave a fiery speech at a rally in New York on Tuesday afternoon and revealed she had an abortion nearly two decades ago.
Pregnant as a newly elected member of the New York City Council, “I marched proudly through Planned Parenthood. And I don’t apologize to anyone,” the Democrat told a crowd of protesters filling a plaza in Lower Manhattan .
James has called her a “woman of faith”, who goes to church.
“But my God teaches me all about love and acceptance. And my God teaches me about privacy. And my God says you have to make the best decision for your body and your life,” James said. . “So I’m not apologizing to anyone.”
James, 63, won a race for city council in 2003 to start her political career, then served as the city’s elected ombudsman, called public defender, and then attorney general since 2018. Last year, she briefly took part in the 2022 race for governor before dropping out; she is now seeking re-election in November.
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James has proposed a fund in New York to help provide abortions to women who can’t access procedures in their own state, and she has filed or joined other attorneys general in filing briefs from friends of the court pleading against certain abortion restrictions in other states.
“We will not back down,” she told protesters on Tuesday. “No Supreme Court justice can tell me or you how to use your body.”
The draft ruling, which was leaked Monday night, would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide.
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While the draft isn’t final and Roe remains the law of the land, the news has sent the country into a frenzy about what it could mean for the future of abortion rights.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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