Hochul Calls On Federal Gov. To Pass Women’s Health Protection Act

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ALBANY – Following the leaked draft of the upcoming Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, Governor Hochul is calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and federal support to help accommodate abortion patients from out of state.

New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, during an address last week said that access to this form of healthcare is a basic human right, and that the Supreme Court is reversing fifty years of progress in women’s equality.  

“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. And as a woman, this is personal, this is something that we have fought against for my entire life,” says Hochul.

Hochul furthered that she presided over the Senate when they passed the Reproductive Health Act, and that her state budget included a law that requires that health plans cover abortion services. 

“My promise is that here in the state of New York we will not stand idly by. Anyone who needs care, we welcome you with open arms. Remember that we legalized abortion here in the state of New York three years before Roe v. Wade. We were there for women in need at the time, and we’ll be there for them now,” assures Hochul.

The Governor calls on Congress members to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to, amongst other tasks, codify Roe v. Wade into law, repeal the Hyde Amendment, and provide federal support to safe harbor states.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the state expects at least an 11 to 13 percent increase in out-of-state patients traveling to New York for abortion care. Federal funding would go towards boosting the provider networks to accommodate these new patients. 


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