A Democratic candidate for Congress in the 22nd District says women and their advocates will have to fight for reproductive freedom at both the state and federal levels.
Vanessa Fajans-Turner was my guest Tuesday morning on Inside the FLX. The interview came a day after Politico obtained a leaked Supreme Court draft decision that indicated Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision upholding the legality of abortion, will be overturned by the current court. Fajans-Turner says there’s work to be done and no time to wait.
Fajans-Turner says she fears America could end up “a fragmented country where some people have better rights than others.” She says “abortion is health care and we need to stand up for the public health of our nation, the family health of our nation and women’s reproductive health.”
On other issues
“Within the next decade, carbon fuels will push the planet towards irreversible climate change. The burning of carbon also poisons our lungs and destroys our air, soil, and water. Authoritarian carbon rich countries also use carbon energy reserves to threaten our allies. New technologies can eliminate dependence on every form of fossil fuel. Sun, wind, and water can power heating and cooling pumps, cars, trucks, trains and ships.”
Fajans-Turner says America should invest in renewable energy and put pressure on the financial institutions she says support the fossil fuel industry.
“Our region stands apart from others because of its abundant water resources, fertile farmland, and agricultural expertise. Central New York and the Finger Lakes are regions that feed New York and the nation. Our farms, dairies and wineries employ thousands of New Yorkers and are an essential pillar of our regional economy. Agritourism is also an essential driver of our local economy and hospitality industries.”
The redrawn 22nd Congressional District
Asked about the uncertainty brought about the by the court decision invalidating New York’s electoral maps, Fajan-Turner said “politics is about responding to whatever keeps you on your toes.”
We hope to have conversations with the other candidates in the race in the weeks to come. Watch our full Inside the FLX conversation below.