New York Department of Health to harass pregnancy help centers even as they come under attack from pro-abortion extremists

By Dave Andrusko 

On June 13, pro-abortion New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package of bills intended to increase the number of abortions performed, protect abortionists from legal action, and harass pregnancy health centers. 

“At a time when women and children need more support than ever, we are disappointed to see New York continue to focus on promoting abortion,” said Kristen Curran, director of government relations for the New York Catholic Conference. “This package of bills seeks to encourage abortion tourism, rather than helping women and children who may be in need. As a state that claims to value autonomy and choice, New York should stop presenting abortion as the best and only option for struggling women, and harassing any pro-life pregnancy center that may help women keep their babies. This abortion-or-nothing narrative only demeans women.”

On Monday Nick Reisman’s account shows that the Hochul administration is wasting no time.

Under the headline “Anti-abortion pregnancy centers face scrutiny in New York,” Reisman writes “New York health officials will be reviewing the services provided by facilities in New York that offer pregnancy-related care, but stop short of providing access to abortions or contraceptives.”

Imagine that. A pregnancy help center doesn’t offer abortions!

“The law was approved as these facilities have also come under alleged attack,” Reisman writes. “In Western New York, a fire broke out at CompassCare in Erie County, which officials say was an arson.” 

But all the more reason for state scrutiny, says state Sen. Brad Hoylman, Senate sponsor of the bill.

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 Curran called the attacks at these facilities disturbing. 

“I hesitate to tie this legislation directly to these attacks,” she said. “There’s a lot of violence, unfortunately, which we’re praying for an end to. But certainly there is this air of negativity and with the attacks it’s only bringing them more attention and scrutiny.” Pro-lifers believe the state should have promoted options beyond abortion. 

Curran is worried the effort to study these facilities will make it more difficult 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. “We believe that they provide those options and support across the board.”

And after lawmakers approved legislation meant to strengthen legal protections for abortion service providers and women, opponents of abortion believe the state should have promoted options beyond terminating a pregnancy. 

And after lawmakers approved legislation meant to strengthen legal protections for abortion service providers and women, opponents of abortion believe the state should have promoted options beyond terminating a pregnancy.