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Hochul says New York will stockpile mifepristone

Apr 12, 2023 1:03 pm

Rachel Silberstein reports for the Times Union that Gov. Kathy Hochul said April 11 that New York will stockpile 150,000 doses of mifepristone, a drug used in medication abortions. Last week a judge in Texas invalidated federal approval of the abortion pill that has been widely prescribed in the U.S. for more than 20 years. Hochul said in a statement, "Anti-choice extremists have shown that they are not stopping at overturning Roe, and they are working to entirely dismantle our country's reproductive health care system, including medication abortion and contraception.... New York will always be a safe harbor for abortion care, and I am taking action to protect abortion access in our State and continue to lead the nation in defending the right to reproductive autonomy." On April 10 the U.S. Justice Department moved to appeal the ruling made by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, an appointee of former President Donald Trump. New York Attorney General Letitia James, leading a multistate coalition of attorneys general, filed an amicus brief on April 10 arguing the Texas decision could curtail abortion access for millions of Americans. Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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