As Texas and an increasing number of states are saving the lives of unborn children by successfully implementing restrictive abortion laws, we are already witnessing the return of the pre-Roe era of “abortion tourism.” It is likely that once again—as in the early 1970s—New York City will be the deadly destination of choice for women seeking abortion outside of their home states. As Paul Kengor’s recent Crisis article pointed out, New York State’s pro-abortion Catholic Governor Kathy Hochul has already promised that if women are unable to access abortion services in their home states, “Lady Liberty is here to welcome you with open arms” into their abortion clinics.
Promising to provide “safe passage” for women, Hochul is resurrecting the very lucrative pre-Roe abortion tourism for abortion seekers from all over the country. Replete with abortion packages including airfare, limo rides from New York City’s airports to abortion facilities, pre-and post-abortion hotel stays, and surgical services, Hochul must know that abortion tourism will bring a financial windfall to abortion providers in her state—and the politicians who support them.
Medical tourism is nothing new. In the past, however, it referred to those who traveled from less-developed countries to major medical centers in highly developed countries—usually the United States—for superior treatment that was unavailable at home. More recently, medical tourism referred to those from developed countries—like the United States—who traveled to developing countries for more affordable medical treatment. For example, prior to the recent expansion of the availability and affordability of sex-change surgery in the United States, Thailand had been the most popular medical tourism destination for those desiring low-cost transgender surgery. Websites like “Transgender Thailand” claim to be the “destination of choice” for sex-reassignment surgeries and offer “highly competitive” all-inclusive travel packages including airfare, hotel, and hospital services.