New York is taking action to expand abortion availability in the state.
The new program, the Reproductive Freedom and Equity Program, would provide funding to abortion providers and nonprofit organizations to allow them to continue providing the procedure. The program would also provide funding for uncompensated abortion care, regardless of whether the patient or the patient's health insurance covers the costs, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday.
“New York must lead the fight to keep abortion safe and accessible for all who seek it and this legislation spearheaded by State Senator Cleare and Assemblymember Gonzalez-Rojas will ensure that low-income New Yorkers and people from states that ban abortion have access to the care they need and deserve," James said. "No matter what happens in the weeks to come, New York will always fight to protect our right to make decisions about our own bodies and expand access to this critical and lifesaving care.”
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In addition to funding organizations and patients, the program would give grants to nonprofit organizations that provide support to patients who travel to New York to receive an abortion in the state.
The Washington Examiner contacted James's office to ask how much will be spent on the organization every year.
The five-vote majority needed in the Supreme Court to overturn two key precedents on abortion rights remains on track following the leak of a draft majority opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito. Justices who are slated to join Alito's majority opinion overturning the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade and the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey include Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, according to a Monday report.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said last Thursday a national abortion ban is "possible" if the Supreme Court carried through with the opinion.