Leading by Example: New York Governor Signs Legal Protections for Abortion Providers and Patients

After a leaked draft showed the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law that protects abortion patients and healthcare professionals.

The measures in the legislation, which take effect immediately, will provide protection against legal retaliation from other states that restrict the process.

With the Supreme Court’s final decision on an abortion ban expected shortly, New York law allows providers and patients to file lawsuits against anyone who tries to file a lawsuit against them.

This is against new anti-abortion laws in some conservative states that allow private citizens to sue anyone who aids or encourages an abortion.

Prohibiting law enforcement from cooperating with state anti-abortion investigations into New York City abortions, the new legislation does not allow state courts to cooperate in civil or criminal lawsuits stemming from abortions that take place legally At New York,

After signing the legislation, Hochul told a press conference, “This legislation is just one more way to say that New York is leading and will always stand against attacks on our bodily autonomy.”

“I refuse to back down. Make no mistake, this is not just an attack on reproductive health and freedom. This is an attack on the very values ​​that make New York City what it is. And that’s why, with the stroke of a pen, I’ll say, ‘Not here, not in New York, never.'”

New York, which is one of several liberal states set to become a more frequent destination for out-of-state abortion patients, has long been an abortion access haven.

(With agency contributions)

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