New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed another radical pro-abortion bill into law Tuesday, this time to force public colleges to provide dangerous abortion pills to students on campus.
Hochul and other New York Democrats have been working aggressively to expand abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, while doing very little to support and encourage pregnant mothers and their unborn babies. New York has one of the highest abortion rates in the country and the second highest number of abortion facilities, a recent ANSIRH study found.
Now, the 64 State University of New York (SUNY) and 25 City University of New York (CUNY) campuses will become abortion centers, too, according to The Tablet.
State Assembly Bill 1395C, which Hochul signed surrounded by abortion activists, requires public university campuses to provide abortion drugs to students. The schools must employ or contract with individuals authorized to prescribe abortion drugs on campus or provide abortion referrals to students off campus.
California also forces its public colleges to provide abortion pills on campus.
“The culture of death is alive and thriving in New York State,” Priests for Life national director Frank Pavone responded Tuesday. “… shouldn’t a governor work to protect her citizens rather than signing laws to ensure more of them die?”
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Hochul claimed to be doing so when she signed the pro-abortion bill, according to The Legislative Gazette.
“I say leave our kids alone,” she said, referring to college students, not their unborn babies. “They’re under enough stress. They don’t need to have a government that spends its waking days trying to take away their rights and make them feel inferior.”
But that is exactly what Hochul is doing – dedicating massive amounts of her time and state taxpayers’ money to destroying unborn “kids.” Abortions kill unborn babies, depriving them of their right to life. The new abortion expansion law puts young mothers’ lives at risk, too.
Pavone criticized the governor for refusing to consider the devastating effects, asking: “Will she be there when these students are bleeding in their bathrooms, hunched over in pain, or dying? Will she be there to pick up the hands, arms, legs and heads of the babies that come out of them? She should be. Maybe then she’ll wake up.”
Dennis Poust, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, raised similar concerns, calling the new law “ghoulish” and “terribly misguided.”
“It’s tragic that young women away from home for the first time and facing a crisis pregnancy will be simply handed abortion pills to take care of the ‘problem,’ rather than be given the multi-layered supports they need,” Poust said in a statement. “New York has many problems that need tackling; access to abortion is not one of them.”
However, the abortion-on-campus law had strong support from state Democrat and university leaders. Both SUNY Chancellor John B. King Jr. and CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodriguez issued statements praising Hochul for expanding abortions to their schools, The Tablet reports.
When students have access to abortion, it “will enable them to prioritize their education and make choices that are consistent with their life goals,” Rodriguez said.
Live Action News reports the pro-abortion group Advocates for Youth also was major supporter of the legislation.
The law is scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1, but some schools already have announced plans to provide abortion drugs to students voluntarily, including New York University and Barnard College in Manhattan, The College Fix reports.
Meanwhile, Students for Life has been working to educate students about the dangers of abortion drugs as well as the free pregnancy and parenting support available through pregnancy resource centers and other pro-life charities.
The abortion pill mifepristone works by blocking the hormone progesterone and basically starving the unborn baby to death. Typically, abortionists also prescribe a second drug, misoprostol, to induce labor and expel the baby’s body.
The FDA has linked mifepristone to 28 women’s deaths between 2000 and 2018. At least two more women have died since then, although the number likely is much higher. Under President Barack Obama, the FDA stopped requiring that non-fatal complications from mifepristone be reported.
Right now, federal courts are considering a lawsuit from medical doctors that challenges the FDA approval of mifepristone as an elective abortion drug. They accuse the agency of ignoring evidence of safety problems and failing to properly study the risks.
Studies indicate the risks are more common than what abortion activists claim. A study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found that the rate of abortion-related emergency room visits by women taking the abortion drug increased more than 500 percent between 2002 and 2015.
Often, women suffer emotional and psychological trauma, too. Recently, OB-GYNs have reported hearing from many distraught women who realized too late after taking the abortion pills that their aborted baby was not just a “clump of cells.”
Many also have expressed concerns about a rise in forced and coerced abortions due to the increasingly wide-spread availability of abortion pills.