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AG James reveals she had an abortion two decades ago

New York Attorney General Leticia James, wearing a green and blue dress, points into the air, in front of a group of people, on the steps of a gray monument.
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New York Attorney General Leticia James speaks at a pro-reproductive rights rally in New York City May 3, 2022.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has long been outspoken about defending abortion rights. She's now publicly disclosed that she had an abortion herself almost two decades ago.

The Democrat told an abortion rights rally Tuesday that she chose to do so when she was a newly elected New York City Council member.

"I was faced with a decision, whether to have an abortion or not. And I chose to have an abortion. I walked proudly into Planned Parenthood and I made no apologies to anyone. To no one. To no one," she said.

James said she made the best decision for her body and her life, and New Yorkers "will not go backwards" to the days of using "wire hangers, not now, not ever."

The 63-year-old James won a City Council race in 2003 to begin her political career. As attorney general since 2018, she's proposed a state fund to help out-of-state women who can't access abortions to get the procedures in New York.

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