skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Young people in Georgia on the brink of reshaping political landscape; Garland faces down GOP attacks over Hunter Biden inquiry; rural Iowa declared 'ambulance desert.'

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

McConnell warns government shutdowns are "a loser for Republicans," Schumer takes action to sidestep Sen. Tuberville's opposition to military appointments, and advocates call on Connecticut governor to upgrade election infrastructure.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

Legislation Would Protect NY Abortion Providers

play audio
Play

Monday, February 20, 2023   

Proposed legislation in Albany would mean increased protections for women's healthcare providers.

Brought forward by state Sen. Shelley Meyer - D-New Rochelle - the bill is part of a larger effort to make New York a safe haven for a pregnant person's right to choose.

Medication abortions made up more than half of all abortions in the U.S. in 2020, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Meyer said since the pills can be prescribed through telehealth, she said she wants to protect New York-based doctors from other states' laws banning abortion.

But she said she's already hearing concerns about whether the protections outlined in her bill are sufficient.

"It gave a false sense of security to providers, that there couldn't be criminal consequences for them," said Meyer. "That extradition could occur, or some other consequences, if they engaged in acts that were deemed criminal by another state."

Other concerns include legal challenges heading to the U.S. Supreme Court that could result in restrictive federal legislation.

But Meyer said she's ready to meet whatever challenges are in the bill's path.

The Senate has approved the bill, '1066-A,' and it is now being considered by the Assembly.

Along with Meyer's bill, other legislation has also been introduced to ensure abortion protections.

One is the New York State Equal Rights Amendment, which New Yorkers will be able to vote on in 2024.

While Meyer said she is focused on her own bill, she said she hopes voters understand the importance of this type of legislation to people's lives and families.

"Politically, we have to make sure that women and men understand the stakes of having states outlaw abortion," said Meyer. "I mean, it's not someone's fault that they live in a state where the state legislature and the governor want to make this unlawful. But it has incredible consequences of forced pregnancy, and I am very worried about that."

In 2022, Massachusetts passed a similar law, which Meyer said was the baseline in developing her Senate bill.




get more stories like this via email
more stories
Among 12- to 17-year-olds nationwide, 2.08 million or 8.33% report using drugs in the last month. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

In the wake of the devastating overdose epidemic in North Carolina, the state's Department of Health and Human Services is stepping up to aid …


Social Issues

play sound

In cities across the globe, including the Michigan city of Midland, various organizations are commemorating International Day of Peace today…

Environment

play sound

In rural Alabama, where hurricanes and tornadoes are a constant threat, communities often struggle with damage and limited resources for extended …


Universities across the country are facing declining enrollment and increasing financial challenges. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A group of West Virginia Democratic delegates is calling for a special session to address West Virginia University's budget shortfall. Del. Evan …

Social Issues

play sound

While many Wyomingites of Hispanic descent came from Mexico, there is a lesser-known population from the old Spanish settlements of northern New …

Health and Wellness

play sound

The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in Mississippi. About one in seven Mississippians lives with diabetes. Jernard A. Wells, cookbook …

Social Issues

play sound

This week, feminism passes a milestone of sorts as the iconic publication, Ms. Magazine, looks back on its first fifty years. A new book has just …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021