Protecting abortion rights: Hochul and James look to solidify access to medication on public college campuses, double down against pill ban


New York state continues its protection of reproductive rights and access to medication abortion in recent moves made by Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James.  

Hochul signed two pieces of legislation on Tuesday, May 2, that would expand access to reproductive health care across the state by making birth control available over-the-counter at local pharmacies. The new law also ensured that every student enrolled in a City University of New York or State University of New York college has on-campus access to medication abortion. 

“As anti-choice extremists and judges continue to roll back abortion rights across the country, we are fighting back here in New York,” Hochul said in a statement. “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.”