New York City’s Democratic mayor and city council speaker proudly announced a new budget agreement Friday that “makes New York the first city in the nation to directly fund abortion services.”
The new budget for the city now contains a line item dedicated to directly funding abortions. The city will give $250,000 in taxpayer money to the New York Abortion Access Fund, which helps pay for abortions for low-income women, many of whom travel from outside the state to get access to the funds.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, both Democrats, announced a budget agreement Friday, set to be voted on this week, that would allocate $250,000 to the New York Abortion Access Fund, which called it ‘extremely good news’ amid other states passing anti-abortion laws,” Fox News reports.
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, also a Democrat, touted the decision to directly fund abortions as historic and one that sends a clear message to Americans living in other states with more restrictive abortion laws: They “can come and get the services they need” in New York City.
“This initiative not only makes New York the first city in the nation to directly fund abortion services, but also lets any American who is facing increasing abortion restrictions in their home state know that they can come and get the services they need in the five boroughs,” said Rivera in a statement reported by Fox. “This fund is just another signal, another example of how New York State and New York City has to be that leader on this issue.”
The New York Times notes that a third of the women who take advantage of the New York Abortion Access Fund come from outside the state, while Fox underscores that the fund, unlike other unwanted pregnancy non-profits, “only supports women who are seeking to terminate their pregnancies.”
In January, New York passed its “Reproductive Health Act,” which states that “every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.” To lawfully abort a child up until birth, the law requires only that a licensed practitioner acts in “good faith professional judgment” to “protect the patient’s life or health,” including mental health.
“A health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized under title eight of the education law, acting within his or her lawful scope of practice, may perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health,” reads the legislation. The bill also removed abortion from the penal code entirely, impacting cases where an unborn child dies due to domestic violence cases or other forms of violence.
Since New York passed its radically pro-abortion bill, some southern states have passed pro-life “heartbeat bills,” resulting in outrage from progressives. Georgia is now facing boycotts from Hollywood over their bill protecting unborn children.