New York’s government leader Kathy Hochul signed six pro-abortion laws on Monday, including measures to protect abortionists, investigate pro-life maternity centers, and allow people to sue those who “interfere” with their so-called abortion rights.
Newsmax reports that Hochul, a pro-abortion Democrat, said the bills are their answer to the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade this summer.
“My friends, the sky is about to fall in the next two weeks, and that is why we are here today,” Hochul said as she signed the bills. “The right to dispose of our bodies should now be settled, or so we thought.”
In May, Politico reported on a leaked draft ruling that the Supreme Court overturned Roe and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Estimates vary, but experts predict that as many as 26 states will protect unborn babies by banning abortions if Roe goes.
A ruling on the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, is expected sometime this summer, likely later this month.
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Hochul said Monday she will fight to keep abortion legal in New York even if Roe is destroyed.
“This is my message to those trying to take away the fundamental right to abortion: not here. Not now. Never,” she said.
Some of the bills she signed would protect New York’s abortionists. One prohibits state authorities from cooperating in other states’ investigations of abortions or extraditing abortions to other states where abortion is restricted or prohibited, Axios reports.
Others focus on pro-life advocates helping pregnant and parenting mothers in need. According to the report:
S. 9039A (the “Freedom from Interference with Reproductive Health Advocacy and Travel Exercise” Act) makes it a right to sue any person who takes action to prevent someone from accessing health care protected by state law, such as abortion.
S. 470 establishes a task force to examine “the unmet health and resource needs faced by pregnant women in New York City,” as well as the impact of crisis maternity centers, which are organizations that look like abortion clinics and try pregnant people from them to convince to The procedure.
Kristen Curran, director of government relations at the New York Catholic Conference, said New York women and children need real help, not abortions.
“At a time when women and children need support more than ever, we are disappointed to see New York’s continued focus on promoting abortion,” Curran said in response to the legislation. “This bill is designed to encourage abortion tourism rather than help women and children who may be in need.”
She told lawmakers to stop presenting abortion as the best option for women and prosecuting pro-life maternity centers that exist only to help women and babies in need.
“This abortion or nothing story just humiliates women,” Curran said.
Axios summarized the additional bills that Hochul signed:
S. 9077A protects abortion providers in New York from extradition to other states that prohibit the procedure. It also prohibits state law enforcement from collaborating with out-of-state probes investigating abortions deemed legal in New York.
S. 9079B prohibits “professional misconduct charges” against New York healthcare providers who perform an abortion on a patient from a state where the procedure is not permitted.
S. 9080B prohibits medical malpractice insurance companies from “taking adverse action” against an abortion provider who performed the procedure on a patient out of state.
S. 9384A includes abortion providers in New York’s “address confidentiality program,” which allows them to hide their addresses for security reasons.
New York’s laws allow unborn babies to be aborted right up to birth for almost any reason and keep abortions legal even if Roe is destroyed. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 105,380 abortions in the state in 2017.
Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.