A bill proposed by a Hudson Valley state lawmaker would offer increased protections for women’s healthcare providers. Westchester State Senator Shelley Mayer’s bill is part of a larger effort to maintain New York as a safe haven for pregnant women and their right to choose. The Guttmacher Institute says medication abortions made up more than half of the nation’s procedures in 2020. Mayer says since the pills for those abortions can be prescribed through telehealth, she wants to protect New York-based doctors from other states’ laws banning abortion, but she’s already hearing concerns about whether the protections outlined in her bill are sufficient…
Other concerns include legal challenges heading to the U-S Supreme Court
that could result in restrictive federal legislation. The Senate has approved
the bill, which is now being considered by the Assembly.