These efforts build on Governor Hochul’s actions to protect abortion access in New York State. In addition to the Abortion Provider Support Fund, the Governor has also made $10 million available for reproductive healthcare centers to access security grants through the Division of Criminal Justice Services to help ensure the safety of the providers performing this vital care.
Last month, Governor Hochul signed a comprehensive, six-bill package passed by the legislature to further preserve, protect, and strengthen abortion rights for patients and providers in New York. The legislation takes specific actions to address a variety of legal concerns, including the establishment of a cause of action for unlawful interference with protected rights and the inclusion of abortion providers and patients in the Address Confidentiality Program. The new bills also prohibit misconduct charges against healthcare practitioners for providing reproductive services to patients who reside in states where such services are illegal and disallow medical malpractice insurance companies from taking adverse action against an abortion provider who provides legal care.
Additionally, immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade Governor Hochul launched a robust, multi-platform, paid public education campaign to ensure awareness that abortion remains safe, legal, and accessible, always. The statewide campaign includes multi-platform advertising efforts and a new website, providing a single destination for information about abortion rights, providers, supports, and payment options in New York.
Earlier this month, the first step to enshrine abortion rights into the New York State Constitution was passed.