The RHA does three things. Each is important to ensuring access to critical care
Abortion is health care, not a crime.
Right now abortion is a class D felony in New York State and carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison.
The RHA takes abortion out of the penal code, and places it in the Public Health Law where it belongs.
This means doctors and patients can pursue abortion care without worrying about criminal sanctions.
The RHA would decriminalize abortions later in pregnancy in cases where the pregnancy threatens the health of the patient or where the pregnancy is not viable.
This would finally bring New York state law in line with Roe v. Wade after 45 years of being blatantly unconstitutional.
Patients would no longer have to travel out of state to get care or be forced to carry unsafe pregnancies.
The current law only allows doctors to perform abortions, even when that means administering a pill early in pregnancy.
The RHA would allow Advanced Practice Clinicians (APC's) like Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants to provide abortion care within their licensed scope of practice.
In underserved areas of the state with limited access to doctors, these medical professionals fill a critical coverage gap.