Governor Kathy Hochul signed a robust legislative package to protect abortion rights Monday ahead of an impending Supreme Court decision that could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade.
Hundreds of onlookers watched as Hochul signed six landmark abortion rights legislative bills in the Great Hall at Cooper Union, located at 7 East 7th St. — a notable site that has a rich history for hosting women’s rights activists, such as suffragettes Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Candy Stanton, and activist Gloria Steinem.
“Today, I’ll be signing six bills that are landmark protections for abortion providers and their patients. And we will say once again, look to New York, for a nation leading response to this crisis,” Hochul said, “as the first female governor of New York, I take this personally. And that’s a fight I’m willing to take on not just on behalf of the women of New York, but for women all across this nation. I refuse to go backwards.”