New York Governor Hochul signs bills to protect abortion rights

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday signed a new law expanding legal protections for people seeking and providing abortions in New York.

The bill came in response to an early U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could potentially overturn the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a ceremony to sign a legislative package to protect abortion rights in New York City, Monday, June 13, 2022.
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a ceremony to sign a legislative package to protect abortion rights in New York City, Monday, June 13, 2022.
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A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on the ruling sparked nationwide protests and prompted Congress to tighten security for Supreme Court justices.

“My friends, the sky is literally about to fall in the next week or two and that is why we are here today,” Governor Hochul said ahead of the decision. “The right to control our bodies is supposed to be settled now, or so we thought.”

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A new New York law protects abortion providers from arrest, extradition and prosecution in other states by barring New York State and local courts and law enforcement from cooperate in most scenarios.

Under another new law, New York will protect people’s right to seek abortion care in the state.

Individuals could sue for unlawful interference with their right to reproductive health care when other individuals or entities bring civil or criminal lawsuits against them for seeking, obtaining, or providing abortions.

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Laws protecting abortion providers and care take effect immediately.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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