Monday, June 13, 2022

NY Gov. Signs Package To Protect Abortion Rights

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), signed a slate of Bills on Monday, that aim to Protect Out-of-State Patients and Abortion Providers from Legal Action in other States. The Democratic-sponsored Bills are designed to make the State a haven for Abortion Seekers and Providers.

Hochul said the Laws would Protect against what she described as the "persistent assault on women's rights and a women's right to determine and make her own decisions about her own body."

The Bills:

- Would bar New York from Assisting in "out-of-state legal cases" involving Abortion, with some Exceptions.

- The Governor Won't Recognize an Extradition Demand from another State for a Person charged with providing an Abortion, unless that State's Governor alleges that the Accused was in that State at the time of the Alleged Offense.

- Blocks New York Courts from honoring Subpoenas in Civil Cases from Out-of-State Courts, if the Case involves Abortion Services Legal in New York.

- Would Block Professional Misconduct Charges against Health Care Practitioners for providing Abortion Services to Patients from States where it is Restricted.

- Amends the State's Civil Rights Act and establishes a Cause-of-action for "unlawful interference with protected rights."

- Prevents Medical Malpractice Insurers from Adversely acting against Abortion Providers.

- Setting-Up a Task Force to Study the impact of Limited-Service Pregnancy Centers.

- Allows Abortion Providers, their immediate Family Members, Employees, Volunteers and Abortion Patients to Shield their Addresses. The State's Confidentiality Address program, which had mainly applied to Sexual Assault or Domestic Abuse survivors, provides Participants with a substitute Address.

The Democratic Majority in the Senate said the Legislative Package "ensures that New York State will remain a safe haven for any person seeking abortion healthcare."

The Signing of the Bills follows the Leak of a Supreme Court Draft Opinion last month that would Strike down Roe v. Wade, the Landmark Decision that established a Constitutional Right to Abortion before Fetal Viability. After the Leak, Hochul said she was "absolutely horrified by what the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States of America plans to do to women's rights in this country."

New York in 2019 passed a Law that would Protect Abortion Access if Roe is Overturned. The Law, known as the Reproductive Health Act, Removed Abortion from the State's Criminal Code and Expanded the type of Health Care Professionals who could Perform Abortions in the State.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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