Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a package of bills to protect abortion rights.
Gov. Hochul said the bills are designed to address specific issues raised by the recent leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson, according to a news release. which could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed abortion rights at the federal level.
Bills aim to ensure reproductive rights are protected in NYS
Governor Hochul signed the bills at the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union, while flanked by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, key partners in the state legislature, as well as abortion and reproductive healthcare providers and advocates.
The six-bill package includes:
- S.9039A/A.10094A Establishes a Cause of Action for Unlawful Interference with Protected Rights
- S.9077A/A.10372A Relates to Legal Protection for Abortion Service Providers
- S.9079B/A.9687B Prohibits Misconduct Charges Against Healthcare Practitioners for Providing Reproductive Health Services to Patients Who Reside in States Where Such Services Are Legal
- S.9080B/A.9718B Prohibits Medical Malpractice Insurance Companies from Taking Adverse Action Against a Reproductive Healthcare Provider Who Provides Legal Care
- S.9384A/A.9818A Includes Abortion Providers and Patients in the Address Confidentiality Program
- S.470/A.5499 Authorizes a Study to Examine Unmet Health and Resource Needs and Impact of Limited Service Pregnancy Centers
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Watch Gov. Hochul’s announcement below
“Reproductive rights are human rights, and today we are signing landmark legislation to further protect them and all who wish to access them in New York State. The women of New York will never be subjected to government-mandated pregnancies. Not here. Not now. Not ever,” Governor Hochul said. “Today, we are taking action to protect our service providers from the retaliatory actions of anti-abortion states and ensure that New York will always be a safe harbor for those seeking reproductive healthcare. New York has always been a beacon for those yearning to be free. And I want the world to hear — loud and clear — that will not change.”