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New York City Announces $250,000 of Funding towards Abortion Services

On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced a budget deal for the next fiscal year that would allocate $250,000 to fund reproductive care for those seeking abortions. The money will go to the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF), an organization that works to make abortion services more accessible by mitigating financial and logistical obstacles that make seeking an abortion more difficult for low-income individuals. NYAAF will directly pay the bills for those seeking abortion services in New York City who reach out to the fund. Based on the average cost of abortion care services, this new funding is estimated to provide 500 abortions to those who are not covered by insurance or Medicaid. This marks the first time that any city has allocated money to directly fund abortion. New York City has funded general reproductive care through Planned Parenthood in the past; however, this funding will be allocated exclusively for abortion services. Though 500 patients makes up a small portion of those seeking abortions in New York City, the funding announcement is a symbolic and tangible move by the city’s leadership amidst a nationwide increase in the passage of restrictive […]

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