Far-left New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to "sue" if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion across America 45 years ago.
The outspoken Democrat on Wednesday called on the Republican-controlled New York state Senate to pass legislation mirroring abortion rights outlined in Roe v. Wade, the Washington Examiner said.
"For years what the Republicans in the Senate have said is, 'Well, we don't need a New York law because we have Roe v. Wade, and nobody's crazy enough to roll back Roe v. Wade,'" Cuomo told the Poughkeepsie, New York, crowd. "Yeah, except the man they nominated for president of the United States who wound up winning the election.
'I will sue'
Cuomo then pledged legal action if the U.S. Supreme Court rolls back the 1973 ruling.
"We now need to codify Roe v. Wade, which will actually increase the protections in New York. God forbid they do what they intend to do, which is overturn Roe v. Wade," he continued. "I want to get it done before the Supreme Court does that, because I don't want any gap in a woman's right to protection, and we have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts. And I want the New York state law in place."
After Cuomo uttered the word "sue," the crowd broke out in cheers and applause. Here's the clip:
The Examiner said Cuomo's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment regarding how or who the governor would sue.
Cuomo signed an executive order Monday to safeguard abortions and contraceptive coverage in New York state, the paper said — the same day President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Kavanaugh 'cannot be allowed to join the Supreme Court'
Pro-abortion circles were up in arms ever since Kennedy announced his retirement, fearing anyone Trump nominated to replace Kennedy — a frequent swing-vote justice — would tip the balance on the Supreme Court toward a conservative advantage and eventually lead to a rollback of Roe v. Wade.
As for Cuomo's opinion on whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed? It's not at all vague.
"Brett Kavanaugh is an extreme conservative who would overturn Roe v. Wade the first chance he got," Cuomo tweeted on Tuesday. "He cannot be allowed to join the Supreme Court."
Brett Kavanaugh is an extreme conservative who would overturn Roe v. Wade the first chance he got. He cannot be all… https://t.co/XZXU2zBT7q— Andrew Cuomo (@Andrew Cuomo)1531246352.0