Deborah Glick’s long fight for abortion rights


It didn’t take long for people to start reaching out to Manhattan Assemblymember Deborah Glick after Politico leaked the news that the Supreme Court had the votes to overturn abortion rights. Folks were quick to remind Glick of the leadership role she played in the successful — albeit exhausting — campaign to codify Roe v. Wade in New York State.

“Colleagues said, ‘Boy were you right. I’m glad you saw this coming,’” Glick said during an interview with Gay City News.

Glick, who became the first out member of the State Legislature in 1990, spent years working to codify Roe v. Wade in New York. Lawmakers sealed the deal on that front three years ago when they passed the Reproductive Health Act after recapturing control of the State Senate. Along the way, people would ask Glick why it was necessary to codify the law — and now the answer to that question seems obvious.