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Bill that would allow NY doctors to prescribe abortion medication to out-of-state patients heads to Hochul’s desk

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A bill permitting New York medical providers to prescribe abortion medication to out-of-state patients via telemedicine, now awaiting Governor Kathy Hochul’s signature, has sparked debates over its constitutionality.

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Democrats in the state Assembly argue that the legislation would shield New York abortion providers from litigation if they provide abortion care or medication to individuals residing in states where such services are restricted or prohibited.

During a floor debate, some Republicans expressed concerns over how the state could protect medical providers from litigation when they provide services in states where these are considered illegal.

However, legal experts cast doubt on the bill’s constitutionality. Despite these potential legal battles, advocates laud the legislation, viewing it as a critical step in protecting access to abortion care for women in abortion-restrictive states.