After Gov. Kathy Hochul took office as Governor of New York on August 24, 2021, Albany Update described her as a politician who “lacks strong core principles and is willing to ‘evolve’ on issues to facilitate her own advancement.”
When it comes to abortion, however, Gov. Hochul has been consistent. Sadly, she has been consistently wrong. Worse yet, since the pro-life Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect, Gov. Hochul has emerged as a strident, impassioned pro-abortion voice who wants to make New York’s abortion policies even more extreme and outrageous than they already are.
On September 9, 2021, Gov. Hochul appeared at a rally in Brooklyn to protest the Texas Heartbeat Law. The rally was also attended by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President and 2021 mayoral candidate Eric Adams, and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. The Governor lashed out at the Texas law, asserting that she would help “‘lead the nation’” in fighting against it. Gov. Hochul added that years ago, she had “‘no idea that all these years later we’d be fighting the same fight that grandma and my mom fought,’” or that her daughter’s rights would be “‘threatened by crazy people in places like Texas.’” Becoming even more inflamed, the Governor added:
“‘We have to stand together and let people know that there is a reason why we feel we should be the sanctuary for people across this nation whose rights are attacked, whether it’s Texas or anywhere else because in 1886 they erected a beautiful woman in our harbor with her hand held high with [a] torch in it, a beacon of hope for people who are oppressed. We have oppression going on in our own country when people are trying to tell women what to do with their own bodies. It stops here in New York. Let’s take this battle all across the nation… Keep your d**n hands off our bodies. Keep your d**n hands off our bodies…’”
New Yorkers are used to hearing offensive and objectionable rhetoric from governors concerning abortion. Back in 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his State of the State address to call for the passage of abortion expansion legislation, bellowing, “Because it’s her body, it’s her choice!” The following year, Gov. Cuomo made headlines for declaring that so-called “extreme” conservatives had “no place in the State of New York.” Gov. Hochul’s remarks on September 9 are just more of the same.