Rep. Morelle hosts town hall on abortion decision at MCC

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Congressman Joe Morelle hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday night to discuss women’s health and the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Speakers at the event included women’s health experts from the National Organization of Women (NOW), Willow Domestic Violence Center, and Planned Parenthood.

On Friday, the Supreme Court’s majority decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, the constitutional protection for abortion that had been in place for nearly 50 years. With the decision, states are allowed to create laws to make abortion illegal.

Morelle says he wanted to give people the space to talk about their opinion and to be able to ask questions about what this means for the country.

"I want to get as much information as I can and find out what I can do…I would like to see Roe codified in Congress so in all the states a woman has access to safe, affordable healthcare," said Leslie McFarlane, who attended the town hall meeting.

Abortion is still legal in New York State.