Republican Mike Lawler, who is running for the newly created 17th congressional district against DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney and leftist Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, is furious that Rockland County Democrats are targeting his wife as part of the ongoing abortion debate have taken.
“I had a quarter-end fundraiser at Rockland Country Club yesterday and the Rockland Country Democrats organized a protest outside of my fundraiser and brought up my wife’s name in the debate — which is really gross and disgusting and has no place in politics,” he said Lawler. 35, The Post said on Friday.
Photos show members of the Rockland Democrats turning up to protest the new GOP congressman-turned-congressman’s stance on abortion – with a man carrying a sign on his back that read: ‘Doina’s life? ”
Lawler told the Post he believes Democrats have criticized his wife, Doina Lawler, for being lucky enough to have the choice to give birth to their baby girl, Julianna, two months ago.
“Their whole argument is that people will die if they don’t have a choice, and my wife had a choice to have a baby,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of his wife, Lawler added that Doina “really regrets that the people who claim to be the most tolerant are once again dragging the family into a political campaign and that she is being attacked for having a baby. “
On Thursday night, the Rockland Dems’ Twitter account posted a photo of people cheering the protest, including the same man wearing the “Doina’s Life?” Sign. The unidentified person, who wore an ill-fitting blue jumpsuit, a tiny visor and sunglasses, was pictured with a sign on the front that read, “Mother’s life?”
Rockland County Democratic Committee Chairman John Gromada fired back at Lawler in an email to The Post, calling the GOPer a “radical anti-election Republican.”
“If Lawler had his way, he would join the efforts of House Republicans to ban abortion statewide and strip women of their reproductive rights here in New York and across the country,” Gromada wrote. “It is sad that he is trying to play the victim here when the real victims will be the millions of women who will suffer the consequences of Lawler’s policies.”
According to a copy of the email invitation obtained by The Post, Gromada organized the protest. He did not identify the man with the sign Lawler’s wife said when asked.
“Most New Yorkers believe in a reasonable time for an abortion,” Lawler said. “Personally, I’m pro-life. But I think most New Yorkers would agree that there is a reasonable amount of time when someone has the opportunity to have an abortion. I think most people fall into that first trimester.”
He also called on his opponents Maloney and Biaggi to condemn the demonstration.
“Can you imagine the outrage if this were a Democrat’s spouse, and [an] Immigrants no less?” simmered Lawler, whose wife is Moldovan and obtained US citizenship in December 2020.
New York codified abortion rights under the Reproductive Health Act in 2019, allowing on-demand surgery before a fetus is viable or in cases where the health of the mother is at stake.
The Democratic state’s legislature is also poised to pass a “Equality Amendment” to the state constitution ahead of the July 4 holiday, further protecting reproductive rights. The proposal could go to voters for final approval as early as next year.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/01/ny-house-contender-mike-lawler-rips-vile-pro-abortion-protest-targeting-his-wife/ NY House contender Mike Lawler tears up a ‘vile’ pro-abortion protest against his wife