ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) — New York State announced on Tuesday that they will stockpile the abortion medication Misoprostol. It’s part of the state’s ongoing efforts to protect access to abortion.
“Anti-choice extremists have shown that they are not stopping at overturning Roe, and they are working to entirely dismantle our country’s reproductive health care system, including medication abortion and contraception,” Governor Hochul said. “New York will always be a safe harbor for abortion care, and I am taking action to protect abortion access in our State and continue to lead the nation in defending the right to reproductive autonomy.”
The state says they will stockpile 150 thousand doses of the medication, which amounts to a five year supply.
Hochul said she is currently working with the state legislature to require private insurers to cover misoprostol when it’s prescribed off label for abortion.
Hochul has also proposed several actions to protect access to abortion care and support abortion providers as part of her proposed 2024 Executive Budget, including:
- Increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates
- Providing $25 million in support to providers
- Allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control
- Implementing data privacy protections, and
- Expanding abortion access on SUNY and CUNY campuses