June 15, 2022

NY Gov. Signs Six Pro-Abortion Bills

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed six pro-life bills on June 13 that protect abortionists and punish pro-life advocates.

"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," Gov. Hochul said in a press release. "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."

The bills that Gov. Hochul signed into law are as follows:

S. 9039A creates a right to sue any person who attempts to stop or interfere with an abortion. According to Hochul's press release, "This will allow individuals to bring a claim against someone who has sued them or brought charges against them for facilitating, aiding, or obtaining reproductive health or endocrine care services in accordance with New York State Law."

S. 9077A prohibits New York law enforcement from cooperating with pro-life states during investigations of abortions that are considered legal in New York. Additionally, the law protects abortionists from being extradited to other states for abortion-related crimes.

S. 9079B prohibits "professional misconduct charges" against abortionists who commit or recommend abortions for women who reside in states where abortion is illegal.

S. 9080B prohibits medical malpractice insurance companies from “taking any adverse action” against an abortionist who commits an abortion for a woman from out of state.

S. 9384A allows abortionists to participate in New York's "address confidentiality program," for safety reasons.

S. 470 creates a task force to examine "the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant people in New York." This task force will also study pro-life pregnancy centers; opening the door to future government action that would punish them for providing "limited services."

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