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Hochul signs abortion law expecting constitutionality to be questioned

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In response to legal restrictions on abortion in other U.S. states, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law on Friday shielding New York abortion providers who utilize telehealth services to prescribe abortion medication to out-of-state patients.


The governor clarified that New York would offer no assistance to states seeking to prosecute these providers. “Today, we made a strong statement we said that doctors who choose to help these women in other states can prescribe and send them abortion medication pills,” Hochul said, adding that she is prepared to defend the law against expected constitutional challenges.

This measure follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, with lawmakers and medical experts working since last March to fortify New York’s stand on abortion rights.