Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) recognized the forty-sixth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. In its 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court recognized that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, including the decision to have an abortion.
“On this day, the Supreme Court held that a woman’s choice to govern her reproductive health, as a fundamental right, belongs to her. Affirming that women have this right to privacy and autonomy marked a giant step forward in the values we hold dear and at the core of our nation,”said Rep. Adriano Espaillat.
“As we recognize Roe v. Wade and the progress our nation has made. We cannot remain idle in the face of policies that threaten to undermine a woman’s right to make decisions based on her health without interference.
“When women have the right to choose in matters concerning their health and bodies, we become a safer and more democratic society. On this anniversary, we recommit our work to champion and defend women’s rights by eliminating the barriers that they continue to face while living in the United States of America.”
Rep. Adriano Espaillat Statement on Passage of the New York State Dream Act
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on passage of the José Peralta New York State DREAM Act:
“Congratulations to the New York State Legislature for passing the DREAM Act,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat. “With passage of the DREAM Act, New York is sending a strong message to the Trump administration that we welcome immigrants and America is a nation of immigrants. Passage of the DREAM Act will allow young immigrants across the state, many of whom are nurses, doctors, teacher, and members of our Armed Forces opportunities and a shot at the American Dream.
“The DREAM Act in the New York State Legislature was named to honor the memory of my dear friend, Senator José Peralta, and in recognition of his steadfast leadership and unyielding desire to see the DREAM Act passed and signed into law.
“I congratulate New York and know that Lady Liberty still stands in the harbor with her torch lighting the bay for everyone across the world, because we are a nation of immigrants.”