NYS to look at abortion pregnancy centers
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics New York health officials will review the services provided by facilities statewide that offer pregnancy-related care, but do not provide access to abortions or contraceptives. The effort is part of a package of laws approved this month by Gov. Kathy Hochul and comes as the centers have been the subject of suspected attacks, including one facility in Erie County. "We need to be able to identify where these gaps and other gaps in health care and pregnancy supported needs are," said state Sen. Brad Hoylman, the Senate sponsor of the measure. Under the law, the Department of Health will review the facilities, which often provide services like ultrasounds. "In many parts of New York, there are far too few options for people who are pregnant and the need for low-cost pregnancy care and contraceptive resources," Hoylman said. The law was approved as these facilities have come under alleged attack. In Western New York, a fire broke out at CompassCare in Erie County, which officials say was an arson. Hoylman called the incident an example of why the state should have a better understanding of these facilities. "Any violence directed at these clinics is completely unacceptable, that's why I think it's more important than ever that New York state step into this void," he said. The New York Catholic Conference's Kristen Curran is worried the effort to study these facilities will make it harder for them to provide services to women in need. "We just fear that it's really designed to be onerous and force these centers to turn over all kinds of paperwork and really make them struggle more than they already do," Curran said. Read more at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.