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Abortion rights rallies held in Albany, Kingston, Newburgh after Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade leaks

May 04, 2022 1:59 pm

There were several abortion-rights rallies in the Hudson Valley May 3, and hundreds around the country, hours after a leaked text showed the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized the medical operation nationally. The Albany rally was held at West Capitol Park and organized by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, WTEN reported. There were also rallies in Kingston, in Ulster County, and in Newburgh and Washingtonville in Orange County. Gov. Kathy Hochul attended the Albany rally. New York currently allows abortion, but the decision means more women from other states may travel here for the procedure. At the event May 3, Hochul told women from out of the state to, "Come to New York." Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood CEO Chelly Hegan said she did not think that many women will be able be to afford a flight, hotel, and time off from work to come to New York. "We know that here in New York access will be safe and secure, that we are not anticipating any losses of abortion access in New York State. We know that here in the Capital Region, our health centers in the Capital Region , our health centers in Albany, Troy, and Hudson will remain open and will continue to provide abortion to anyone who needs it. But we don’t know how some folks will be able to access care at all,” said Hegan.