New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin slammed Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul for her abortion extremism Tuesday after she failed to name any abortion limit that she supports.
Zeldin, a Republican congressman, said his opponent did not answer the question on purpose, because her radical position is out of touch with most voters, The Daily Wire reports. He and Hochul faced off in a debate Tuesday as polls show the race narrowing.
When a moderator asked Hochul if she supports “any restrictions around abortions,” the Democrat governor failed to mention any, according to the report.
“What we have in New York state is simply a codification of Roe v. Wade, so what has been out there since before the Supreme Court undid 50 years of progress for women,” Hochul said. “… My granddaughter does not have the same right that I had to make a determination in concert with myself, or my doctor if it’s after the sixth month [of pregnancy]. So, we have the same restrictions, and anyone who says otherwise is just incorrect.”
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However, Roe allowed states to legalize abortions without limits up to birth, and New York has very few restrictions on abortion.
Responding to the governor’s answer, Zeldin pointed out that Hochul ignored the question.
“You asked a specific question, whether or not my opponent supports any restriction on abortion,” Zeldin said. “Of course, she doesn’t answer it — that’s not a coincidence and she didn’t forget.”
Although Hochul identifies as Catholic, she has a radical pro-abortion record. A former congresswoman, she had a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record from NARAL Pro-Choice America.
She also supported a radical pro-abortion state law that caused national outrage when it passed in 2019. The law expanded late-term abortions in New York and repealed a state law that provided justice for unborn babies killed in crimes against their mothers.
Then, this year, her administration created a new $15 million abortion fund to “expand access to medical and/or procedural abortion services,” according to the New York State Department of Health. According to the grant application, the more unborn babies that an abortion facility aborts, the more money it can receive – up to $250,000 tax dollars.
Hochul initially was presumed to win the race in November, but a New York Times headline Tuesday described the race as “too close for Democrats’ comfort” as polls show Zeldin gaining ground.
“In the blue state of New York, the race for governor is competitive. Democrats have cruised to victory in gubernatorial races since 2006, but Governor Hochul’s narrow edge puts Republican Lee Zeldin well within striking distance of her,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow said.
New York is one of the most pro-abortion states in America. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 105,380 abortions in 2017. It has the second-highest number of abortion facilities of any state in the country at 89, a recent ANSIRH study found.