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Hochul Signs Bills to Expand Access to Reproductive Health Care


Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation on Tuesday to expand access to reproductive health care across the state. As outlined in the 2023 State of the State, the Governor signed legislation to expand access to hormonal contraception by making it available over the counter, particularly assisting marginalized populations who may not have a primary care provider but do have access to a local pharmacy.

“As anti-choice extremists and judges continue to roll back abortion rights across the country, we are fighting back here in New York,” Governor Hochul said. “I am proud to sign these landmark pieces of legislation that protect and expand access to abortion and reproductive health care. Under my watch, I will continue to ensure that New York remains a safe harbor for those in need of care.”

The Governor also signed legislation to ensure that every student enrolled in a SUNY or CUNY college has access to medication abortion on campus. This legislation would ensure that public university students have meaningful access to medication abortion prescription drugs in the places where they live, work, and spend their free time. The state believes removing abortion access barriers on campuses may reduce the load on external clinics throughout New York.

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. said, “At a time when reproductive rights are under attack across our country, SUNY is proud to stand with Governor Hochul on behalf of our students’ well-being. Our students’ health and wellness is paramount, and Governor Hochul’s approach will build on our commitment to expand reproductive health access and ensure students are aware of available resources for their care.”

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