Molinaro moderates on abortion
Nov 01, 2018 12:11 am
Chris Bragg reports in Capitol Confidential that Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro the Times Union editorial board Oct. 31 that he would support legislation that would codify abortion rights in New York. He was not fully supportive, but he did break from the Conservative Party on the issue. “I understand the need, should the Supreme Court suggest that [abortion is] not a constitutional right – and it is,” Molinaro said. “Should the Supreme Court suggest it’s not a constitutional right, the state would need to act, to at least codify, so that it’s not treated as a criminal or penal violation.” Republicans have held up the Reproductive Health Act in the state Senate, and the Conservative Party has more extreme views on the issue. Molinaro, currently Dutchess County Executive, is on both the Republican and Conservative lines on the Nov. 6 ballot. Molinaro said he has differences with the Reproductive Health Act. “I recognize the need to ensure that it’s not enforced through penal or criminal law, but there is not general consensus on late-term abortion, and only poor people end up getting and accessing abortions without physicians,” Molinaro said. “And so I would say segmented, [it’s] possible, and address late-term, non-physician assisted abortions separate and apart, if the Legislature’s willing to do that. But I will say, again, only poor people end up getting abortions without doctors. That, to me, is discriminatory.” Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.