Nearly a half century ago, women with unwanted pregnancies would cross state lines seeking abortions that were legal in New York but banned in many other states across the country. Now new restrictions on abortion access are forcing women in several states to take similar measures and travel far from home to end pregnancies, health-care providers and supporters said. “We’ve had patients from Texas, from Georgia. We’ve had a patient from Alabama,” said Merle Hoffman, who runs Choices Women’s Medical Center, which provides abortions, in New York City.
When some members of the New York City Council heard about all the abortion restrictions being passed by other states, they wanted to do something. One Councilmember, Carlina Rivera, told the NY Times that many in NY felt “helpless.”
hoices Founder/President Merle Hoffman joined over 100 women leaders in writing and circulating a powerful letter to NY Governor Cuomo urging him to stop supporting a bill legalizing commercial surrogacy.
Choices Women’s Medical Center participated in a TelAbortion study organized by Gynuity Health Project. Esther Prigue, LCSW, and Administrator and Head of Counseling at Choices was part of the Project Team. Contraception Magazine will feature results of the study in their upcoming issue.