Epstein Introduces Abortion Pill Bill

Given the national attention paid to the horrifying and dangerous Abortion Expansion (Reproductive Health) Act that became law in New York this year, one might think that New York legislators would want to steer clear of abortion-related controversies in 2020. Apparently, one legislator has other ideas.

On November 25, 2019, Asm. Harvey Epstein (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill that would require all 64 colleges and universities within the State University of New York (SUNY) system to make abortion pills available to their students.

The proposed legislation, Bill A.8743-Epstein, would also establish a “public colleges student health center abortion by medication fund under the joint custody of the comptroller, commissioner of health, and the SUNY chancellor” to accept the voluntary contributions of taxpayers who wish to help pay for students’ pill abortions.

While surgical abortions are growing less and less frequent in the United States, pill abortions have become commonplace. The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute reported that in 2017, pill abortions constituted 39% of all U.S. abortions in 2017. Asm. Epstein’s bill memo blithely asserts that pill abortions offer “a safe, non-invasive, and effective way to end an unintended pregnancy up to 10 weeks of gestational age.” The Assemblyman appears to be misinformed. Obviously, abortion pills aren’t safe for unborn babies—but they aren’t safe for women, either. According to WORLD, “the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported that 4,195 women who took abortion pills between the years 2000 and 2018 experienced complications. Those complications included “1,042 hospitalizations, 599 blood transfusions, 412 infections—including uterine lining infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, and sepsis—and 24 deaths.” Does this sound “safe” to you? It certainly doesn’t sound that way to us.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms stands in firm opposition to Asm. Epstein’s proposal to compel SUNY’s universities, colleges, technical colleges, and community colleges to become providers of pill abortions.