ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have begun debating a package of legislation that would expand legal protections for people seeking and providing abortions in the state. Voting started Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul has called for New York to increase legal protections for abortion services in case the U.S. Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade’s nationwide right to abortion this summer. One bill would protect abortion providers from arrest, extradition and legal proceedings in other states by forbidding New York state and local courts and law enforcement agencies from cooperating in most scenarios.
Photo:FILE – Protesters rally in Cadman Plaza during an abortion rights demonstration, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York lawmakers begin voting on legal protections for abortions for people seeking and providing abortions in the state under a package of legislation lawmakers began debating Tuesday, May 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon, File)