Westchester County Passes Law Making Abortion Safe for Women, Without Protesters

NEW YORK — The Empire State is bracing for an influx of women seeking abortions.

As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, Westchester County lawmakers say they want to make sure women have safe access, safe from protesters.

The Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act passed the County Board of Legislators 15-2 Monday night.

“Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, a person, woman or staff member has the right to walk freely to and from a healthcare facility,” said Democratic lawmaker Jewel Williams Johnson.

“Eleven years ago this law wasn’t passed for a reason, and it’s still wrong today, not for medical reasons, but to nullify someone’s freedom of speech,” he said. said Republican lawmaker James Nolan.

Sponsors say it goes with state law and that it is illegal to prevent or physically intimidate someone from seeking medical services and that protests must be held 25 feet from any establishment. health care for women.

“It will not prevent protesters from demonstrating in these places. That is not the intent of the law. Rather, it would only prevent people seeking to engage in these activities from harming, harassing or obstructing access,” said Democratic lawmaker Colin Smith.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said there are other ways our region can prepare for a possible influx of patients.

“They’ve prepared for how to build the infrastructure, so we’re here for the women who come to town to seek services,” Adams said.

On Friday, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court left it to the states to decide whether or not to allow abortion.

More than a dozen implemented so-called “trigger laws” to restrict or ban abortions once Roe v. Wade was canceled. Much of Monday’s court activity focused on the latter.

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Mississippi, the state at the heart of the case that led to the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down Roe, certified its trigger law on Monday, banning nearly all 10-day abortions.

But judges in Louisiana and Utah temporarily blocked abortion bans on Monday.

More than a handful of states, including New York, are investigating acts of vandalism. It was mostly graffiti with the same alleged threat: “If abortion isn’t safe… neither are you.”

At a Catholic church on the Upper West Side, this was spray-painted on a door and quickly cleaned up.

The demand for over-the-counter emergency contraceptive pills has also increased. This has forced retailers like Walmart and CVS to limit their purchases.

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