New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed six pro-abortion bills into law Monday, including measures to protect abortionists, investigate pro-life pregnancy centers and allow people to sue individuals who “interfere” with their so-called right to abortion.
Newsmax reports Hochul, a pro-abortion Democrat, said the bills are their response to the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade this summer.
“My friends, the sky is literally on the verge of falling in the next week or two and that’s why we are here today,” Hochul said when she signed the bills. “The right to control our own bodies is supposed to be settled by now, or so we thought.”
In May, Politico reported about a leaked draft ruling showing the Supreme Court overturning Roe and allowing states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Estimates vary, but experts predict 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 that she will fight to keep abortions legal in New York even if Roe is overturned.
“This is my message to those who are trying to take away the fundamental right to an abortion: Not here. Not now. Not ever,” she said.
Several of the bills that she signed would protect New York abortionists. One prohibits state authorities from cooperating with other states’ investigations of abortionists or extraditing abortionists to other states where abortions are limited or banned, Axios reports.
Others target pro-life advocates who help 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 a person who takes action to stop someone from accessing health care that is protected under state law, such as abortion.
S. 470 establishes a task force to examine “the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant women in New York,” as well as the impact of crisis pregnancy centers, which are organizations that look like abortion clinics and aim to persuade pregnant people from having the procedure.
Kristen Curran, the government relations director 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 more support than ever, we are disappointed to see New York continue to focus on promoting abortion,” Curran said in response to the legislation. “This package of bills seeks to encourage abortion tourism, rather than helping women and children who may be in need.”
She told “pro-choice” lawmakers to stop presenting abortion as women’s best option and stop persecuting pro-life pregnancy centers that exist simply to help women and babies in need.
“This abortion-or-nothing narrative only demeans women,” Curran said.
Axios summarized the additional bills that Hochul signed:
S. 9077A protects abortion providers in New York from being extradited to other states that ban the procedure. It also bars state law enforcement from cooperating with out-of-state probes investigating abortions considered legal in New York.
S. 9079B prohibits “professional misconduct charges” against New York providers who perform an abortion on a patient that comes from a state where the procedure is banned.
S. 9080B bars medical malpractice insurance companies from “taking any adverse action” against an abortion provider who performed the procedure on an out-of-state patient.
S. 9384A includes abortion providers in New York’s “address confidentiality program,” allowing for them to obscure their addresses for safety reasons.
New York laws allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth and keep abortions legal even if Roe is overturned. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 105,380 abortions in 2017 in the state.
Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.