Michele Sterlace-Accorsi, a spokeswoman for Feminists Choose Life of New York, said her group was stepping up its efforts to enforce bills in the state that would require abortion providers to provide patients with additional information about their pregnancies or alternatives to terminating them. similar to what other states have enacted.
In Michigan, for example, doctors must ask pregnant women if they have been forced to have an abortion, and in Ohio doctors must share a fetal development guide with their patients at least 24 hours before an abortion.
Such bills will most likely be supported by some New York politicians. “A medical environment that informs patients about all the options they have is very important to me,” said councilor Marianne Buttenschon, a Democrat who represents the Utica area. “At a time when someone is making a very difficult decision and is something they will think about as time goes on in life, it’s important to make sure that all the information is provided.”
While most lawmakers in New York support access to legal abortions, some of them, including Democrats, voted against the Reproductive Health Act of 2019, which expanded abortion rights in the state. Several New York City Council members, including at least one Democrat, have donated to a crisis pregnancy center in Queens.
“People don’t really think there’s a need here to promote or end stigma,” said Ms. Estrada, the reproductive rights activist, referring to pockets of city, like the Bronx, where there is some cultural and religious embarrassment around abortion . “But that’s not true, especially now that we’re seeing so many crisis maternity centers grow†
Many crisis pregnancy centers are located next to abortion clinics because women are more likely to mistake one for the other, Ms Estrada said.