New York City is poised to become the first city in the United States to directly finance abortions; allocating upwards of $250,000 to the New York Abortion Access Fund which provides abortions for low-income women across the five boroughs.
“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,” reports Fox News.
A third of the woman using the Access Fund come from outside the 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,” Democratic Councilwoman Carlina Rivera of Manhattan said in a statement. “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.”
“Now the abortion capital of the world NYC may actually use city taxpayer monies for an enticement fund to come terminate your children,” fired-back pro-life organization New York State Right to Life.
The issue of abortion has taken center stage in recent months.
The Governor of Illinois officially designated abortion a “fundamental right” throughout his state last Wednesday; removing nearly all restrictions on the practice after several conservative states passed so-called ‘Heartbeat’ legislation.
“The governor of the US state of Illinois on Wednesday enacted a law establishing a ‘fundamental right’ to abortion and removing old laws that criminalized the procedure,” reports France24. “The Illinois law was passed in response to a wave of bans and restrictions approved in other states, and Governor JB Pritzker hailed it as ‘a beacon of hope in the heart of this nation.’”
“Those opposed to women’s reproductive rights are emboldened,” the governor said, “And their hopeful eyes are on the highest court in the land.”
“We are building a firewall around Illinois to protect reproductive access for everyone,” said one state representative.