Roe V. Wade ruling reignites debate among pro-lifers, abortion advocates in Rockland
The Supreme Court's landmark decision Friday to overturn Roe V. Wade has reignited the debate between those from both sides of the matter.
Tracy DeRosa, with Rockland Right to Life, is pleased with the historic 6-3 ruling.
"We feel elated, it gives us hope," says DeRosa.
DeRosa says it's been a long fight over the nearly five decades through marches and court battles.
"We've gotten tired. But we still have a commitment to life, and life begins at conception through natural death," says DeRosa.
Those on the other side of the issue say the ruling is devastating and taking a step backward.
"I'm extremely shaken up. I'm like shaking right now," says Barbara Cardarelli, of Clarkstown. "I'm beyond upset about this."
The 1973 decision was the law of the land all of Cardarelli's life, and she says she's now afraid.
"Planned Parenthood is in order to have safe sex to get the help they need, to get the help women need," says Cardarelli. "This is not just about abortion."
DeRosa points out that the ruling doesn't outlaw abortions. Some states, like New York, allow abortions. However, Cardarelli and others like Marji Lifton, of Nanuet, feel the ruling may put women's lives at risk.
Gov. Kathy Hochul has set aside $35 million in funding for reproductive health clinics in anticipation of a surge of out-of-state patients.