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Lee Zeldin Tries to Cover Up His Anti-Choice Extremism

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After suggesting he would appoint an anti-abortion health commissioner if elected governor, Lee Zeldin is trying to hide his out-of-touch agenda on reproductive rights.

When speaking at a virtual town hall hosted by an anti-abortion group, Zeldin said, “It would be a great benefit for the state of New York to have a health commissioner who respects life as opposed to what we’re used to.”

However, after widespread scrutiny and political backlash, Zeldin quickly tried to walk back his comments, but his unequivocally anti-choice record speaks for itself — no matter how much he tries to hide from New Yorkers on where he stands:

  • In 2020, Zeldin joined House Republicans calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and joined an amicus brief demanding the court overturn Roe.
  • In 2015, Zeldin co-sponsored and voted for an abortion ban that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later.

“Zeldin wants to hide his anti-choice extremism from New Yorkers, but his record speaks for itself,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “We take Zeldin at his word that he would be an anti-choice governor who would happily appoint an anti-abortion health commissioner. That’s a risk to reproductive rights New Yorkers just can’t take.”