Gov. Hochul, Gov. Healey issue statements on abortion medicine ban
Friday evening U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, ordered a hold on federal approval of abortion medication mifepristone in a decision that overruled decades of scientific approval.
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Governor Kathy Hochul released a statement Friday night, saying she is horrified by the ruling.
This unprecedented ruling not only overrides the FDA’s evidence-based scientific approval process, it also alarmingly opens a new door to politicizing medicine. The ruling is further evidence that extremists will not just stop at stripping away the right to an abortion. Instead, they are actively working, against the will of a vast majority of Americans, to entirely dismantle reproductive health care nationwide.
Hochul reassured New Yorkers abortion care is still available in New York – and will remain so.
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Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey is also pledging immediate action to protect access to medication abortion in her state.
In a statement, Healey says, “medication abortion is safe, effective and legal. Mifepristone has been used safely for more than 20 years and is the gold standard. This is yet another attempt by extremists to ban abortion nationwide. But we are prepared to take immediate action to protect access to this important medication.”
Healey plans to hold a press conference Monday morning to outline her administration’s plans going forward.