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Gov. Hochul: NY will continue to protect reproductive freedom

June 13, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — “NEW YORK WILL CONTINUE TO STAND TALL as a safe harbor for reproductive freedom,” declared the state’s first woman governor, Kathy Hochul, in a statement she released Thursday morning, June 13, regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold access to the abortion medicine mifepristone. “Women across America are breathing a sigh of relief today as the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a callous attempt to ban medication abortion — a case that should have never reached our nation’s highest court in the first place,” she wrote. “Abortion pills will remain available and accessible, and New York physicians who prescribe this critical medication across state lines will continue to be protected by our Shield Law.” Governor Hochul also warned, “But make no mistake: this fight is not over. From the halls of Congress to State Legislatures across America, anti-abortion politicians are continuing their efforts to strip away reproductive rights and restrict access to basic health care. That’s why New York will continue to stand tall as a safe harbor for reproductive freedom, defending abortion rights and protecting women’s health.”

Last year, on June 23, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the state legislature’s shield law protecting doctors in New York who prescribe abortion pills to patients in states where the procedure is outlawed. The law prohibits New York officials from cooperating with certain legal actions initiated in states where abortion is banned.

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