Those who want to make abortion illegal have spread lies and misinformation about recent abortion protections passed in New York and similar proposed legislation in Virginia.
In the face of these falsehoods, it’s important to think about the real life people who are impacted by barriers to abortion care, and how improving our laws around abortion access can help people. Take Erika Christensen and her family. Their experience is an example of the harsh reality women faced in New York if they had health complications or inviable pregnancies. They were often forced to risk their health and well-being by travelling out of state to receive critical abortion care.
New York’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) is a great example of legislation designed to ensure women have the health care they need and doctors can meet the needs of their patients without political interference. The RHA accomplished three main things:
- New York State now treats abortion as health care, not a criminal act. Before the RHA, New York regulated abortion as an exception to the homicide law, and was one of only seven states that criminalized self-managed abortion. No other medical procedure is regulated as a crime, and abortion should be no different.
- The RHA ensures that qualified health care providers can provide safe abortion care without fear of punishment.
- Providers can now provide abortion throughout a pregnancy if a woman’s health or life is in danger, or if a fetus is not viable.
If serious medical complications arise at any point in pregnancy, doctors should have access to the full range of medical treatment options, based on what’s best for a woman’s specific medical circumstance, and without medically unnecessary requirements or political interference.
See the facts about what the RHA actually does, and get all your questions answered.
Learn more about the history of New York’s abortion law and the RHA.
For more information:
- Hear directly from the women and families who have experienced later abortion care.
- Read more about Erika Christensen’s experience of traveling across the country for the abortion care she needed.
- Get the facts from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology about how abortion care later in pregnancy is important to women’s health.
Join us in the fight to protect abortion access and stand strong for reproductive freedom, making sure everyone has the ability to control their own bodies, decisions, and life paths.