New York governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill that will require the state’s two public university systems—the State University of New York and the City University of New York—to help students access medication abortions, either directly through campus health centers or through streamlined referrals.
The governor also signed a second bill that allows pharmacies to sell birth control over the counter.
“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 Tuesday. “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.”
According to The New York Daily News, student activists have been pushing for the medication abortion bill for years. The legislation, scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1, aims to break down barriers to abortion access for students, as well as to ease the burden on the state’s other abortion clinics, which have seen more demand since Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Similar laws have been passed in California and Massachusetts.