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Women pols voice opposition to Jung’s views on abortion

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Friday was Women’s Equality Day and elected officials and advocacy groups took advantage of the occasion by holding a news conference on Geraldine Ferarro Way in Forest Hills to denounce S.J. Jung for his stance on abortion. State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing), Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and Government Affairs Manager for Campaign for Pro-Choice New York Emily Kadar all shared their views on the Democratic candidate for state senate.

At a Tuesday night debate at the Queens Library in Flushing, Jung and current state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), who are facing off against each other in the primary, were given the opportunity to ask each other one question. Stavisky framed her question around the fact she is the first woman to be elected to state senate from Queens County. She asked Jung’s stance on abortion.

“This is such an important issue, allow me to be clear: I would not support abortion unless it threatens the health of a pregnant woman. That’s the only exception that I can think of. This is a very serious issue. You know, we pretend to know everything, but I completely disagree. Life is still a mystery,” Jung responded. “So I will not support a woman’s choice.”

Jung clarified his point of view by saying he would passionately advocate for other women’s rights, such as equal pay.

“I’ll passionately advocate for women’s rights, for example I’ll be a strong advocate for equal pay for equal work,” Jung said, adding that his opinion on abortion is based on personal beliefs rathern than politics.

The main issues in Queens, according to Jung, are quality of life and corruption in Albany.

The speakers at the Forest Hills conference shared emotional thoughts about the realities of a world where women are forced to take a risky course of action in the face of unexpected pregnancy due to rape situations.

Koslowitz used vivid imagery to explain the experiences of women prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Roe vs. Wade.

“S.J. Jung is out of touch,” Koslowitz said. “I go back a long time to the days when if a woman wanted an abortion, you couldn’t get it. And if she needed it, she had to go to a sleazy place and have an abortion with a hanger. Maybe he doesn’t know about this, and he’s out of touch.”

Many of the speakers felt it was especially unfitting for Jung to succeed Stavisky with such views toward abortion because of the incumbent’s status as the first female from Queens elected to state Senate.

Additional remarks were issued by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York State Women’s Equality Party and the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Updated 5:18 pm, August 26, 2016
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Lou from Bayside says:
Militant lesbians and one who dated and had children with scum curtis sliwa . Koowitz you old bag , youre out of touch . Abortion equals murder
Aug. 26, 2016, 7:01 pm
eeyoure from Youresville says:
In Youresville , we banned apostrophes like we banned aboretion .
Aug. 26, 2016, 7:40 pm
Adam Mann from Queens says:
It's interesting to know that those fugly women themselves had a chance to be born. I wouldn't go near one of those cretins with someone else's private parts. That fact aside, can well imagine the heaps of abuse they inflict upon their own kids, likely screeching at them "I wish you weren't born!". Disgusting slobs.
Aug. 27, 2016, 3:56 am
anon18 from queens says:
It is to typical of a male not supporting abortion since not only does he not have to deal with the pregnancy and birth but it is his ego that is at stake. Lou obviously has women and mother issues. It makes me wonder if the case was being that your "old bag" mother had a choice she would have had an abortion after realizing what a ranting negative scumbag she produced.
Aug. 27, 2016, 2:34 pm
Martin from Hollis says:
A lot of people aren't historians. In the past, long before the modern era - women committed infanticide at very high rates - in very religious countries. Also, when abortion is illegal - women who want one will do anything they can to obtain one. Are we saying that dead women from botched illegal abortions and dead infants are better than LEGAL, SAFE ABORTIONS?

Also, this Jung is an anti-gay gasbag.

Enough is enough.
Aug. 30, 2016, 8:11 pm
Larry from Rego Park says:
WOW so much anger, ranting and bashing over whether a woman has the right to choose for herself. It is the LAW! The supreme court voted and made it the LAW! It is Roe VS Wade for all of you ignorant, uneducated, angry, probably white Trump supporters that don't understand. If you don't like it then you can move to Texas and support your buddy Ted Cruz!
FYI When Hillary wins in November the democrats will elect a new supreme court justice that will support Roe V Wade
Sept. 8, 2016, 9:41 am

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