New York Gov. Kathy Hochul marked Good Friday after making a social media post on Thursday in which she both invited people to come get abortions in the Empire State and slammed GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for signing pro-life legislation.
DeSantis signed legislation on Thursday that will protect the lives of unborn children by prohibiting the performance of most abortions if the gestational age of a baby is greater than 15 weeks. The measure, which is slated to take effect on July 1, allows exceptions to preserve the life of the mother and avoid significant risk of serious injury — there is also an exception if the unborn child has not yet reached viability and is determined to have a "fatal fetal abnormality."
"Smiling from ear to ear as he rips away the reproductive rights of Floridians. It's cruel and despicable. To anyone seeking abortion care, know that you are welcome in New York," Hochul, a Democrat, tweeted on Thursday.
Then the next day, Hochul posted a message to mark Good Friday: "Today I join Christians throughout New York and around the world in observing #GoodFriday. Let us be reminded that even in challenging times, hope and light always lie ahead."
Hochul "was born and raised in a blue-collar Irish Catholic family in Buffalo," according to the biography on her website.
The politician, who previously served as the state's lieutenant governor, became governor last year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned. She became the state's first female governor, and is currently seeking election to a full term in office during New York's 2022 gubernatorial contest — she is slated to compete in the Democratic primary.
"In New York, we will never let Republicans turn back the clock on reproductive rights," Hochul tweeted in February.
Last year Hochul indicated that those who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 are failing to listen to God.
"All of you — yes, I know you're vaccinated, you're the smart ones — but you know there's people out there who aren't listening to God ... You know who they are," she said during remarks at the Christian Cultural Center. "Jesus taught us to love one another," she said, indicating that people should "show that love" by urging others to get vaccinated.