WASHINGTON, D.C. – If Roe v. Wade is overturned, about 26 states are expected to immediately ban abortion. New York’s Attorney General and state lawmakers announced new legislation they say will support abortion providers and abortion care.
“Will create a dedicated state program that will give financial resources to abortion providers in our state, again, give financial resources to abortion providers in our state,” said NY Attorney General Letitia James.
It’s called the Reproductive Freedom and Equity Program.
“This money will direct money, 50 million, to the Department of Health in order to offer grants to abortion providers and nonprofits that assist people in accessing the abortion care they need,” said NY Assemblymember Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas (D- Queens).
According to the CDC, in 2019 about 7,000 of abortions in New York were for people coming from out of state. If Roe is tossed, they believe that number could climb substantially.
“According to the Guttmacher Institute, that number could grow to more than 32,000 individuals or perhaps even more and that’s just for people traveling to New York from Ohio and Pennsylvania where they have a restrictive laws and in some cases lack access to abortion providers,” said James.
They said this funding could help support abortion providers with the influx of people coming to New York. It would also fund for uncompensated abortion care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for care or their insurance status and this program would also award grant funds to non-profits that provide support to people that travel to New York.
“The Supreme Court will not take New Yorkers and anyone who enters our borders seeking refuge, comfort and empathy back to the stone age with tortured opinions that put women’s lives at risk,” said NY State Senator Cordell Cleare (D- Harlem).