New York Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul signed a number of bills into law on Wednesday that would protect abortion rights in the state, as the Supreme Court ruling that could overturn Roe V Wade looms.
Hochul, who was not elected by the people but rather took over for failing alleged sleaze bag Andrew Cuomo, told New Yorkers that “the sky is on the verge of falling, literally.”
“That’s why we’re here today,” Hochul said. “This is the United States of America, where freedom and liberty are supposed to mean something It’s the rock upon which we are founded … except in the eyes of some neanderthals who say women are not entitled to those rights.”
“Abortion rights mean little without abortion access.”
“The women of New York will never be subjugated to government-mandated pregnancies because that’s what will ensue if Roe v Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court,” Hochul continued.
The six bills being signed by Hochul are a part of a larger effort to turn New York into a “sanctuary state” for abortion services.
As the Post reports: One of the new laws will bar law enforcement in New York from cooperating with out-of-state probes into lawful abortions in New York state while another restricts medical malpractice insurance companies from targeting providers based on complaints in other states.
Other new laws on the books will prohibit professional misconduct charges against health care providers while establishing a right to sue people who might inhibit access to such services.
A fifth law makes it easier for abortion providers to obscure their addresses similar to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
The state Department of Health will study pregnancy centers backed by anti-abortion forces under the final bill signed by Hochul Monday.
Albany Democrats passed the bills in the final weeks of the 2022 legislative session after a draft SCOTUS decision was leaked weeks ago that showed the court was ready to strike down Roe v Wade.