New York City will become the first city in the country to fund abortion services, reported ABC News.
“The New York Abortion Access Fund will provide $250,000 from the budget to help low-income citizens access abortion services,” states the report.
The agreement between Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson comes after a wave of abortion banning bills passed throughout the US last month. So-called “fetal heartbeat” bills prohibit abortions if the heartbeat of the fetus is detected, which is when most women do now know about being pregnant. Every single bill signed in 10 states, including Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, will face a legal challenge.
De Blasio held a press conference on Friday where he stated that “this was an initiative coming out of the council” and noted that he “certainly” supports it. “We understand that there are women who need help and are having trouble getting the help they need. And the city had an opportunity to step up,” he said.
Johnson has also commented and said that he was proud to be doing this. “This is to help low-income women in New York City who have faced barriers to access to health care, get the care that they need and that they deserve,” he said.
Carlina Rivera, New York City Councilwoman leading council’s Women’s Caucus, commented on the agreement by posting on Twitter. “Before Roe v Wade, NYC was a haven for women who wanted the freedom to choose,” she said. “It’s time for our City to be that beacon for the country once again.”
The vote on the budget should be held this month, but considered to be just a formality.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website