New York prepares to welcome out-of-state abortion seekers

New York braces for abortion tourism as officials and activists prepare to welcome women from abroad after the Supreme Court ruled Friday to abolish the constitutional right to abortion.

“Abortion rights are enshrined in New York law — including those who are from out of state.” tweeted Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine Saturday. “There are expanded opportunities here for access to abortion services, including through medication.”

Levine added information about several services for overseas abortion seekers, including links to nonprofit websites such as the Brigid Alliance, a referral service that provides housing, meals and funding for abortion seekers from outside of New York.

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, which operates 23 centers across the state, said it checked appointment availability after the Roe v. Wade up 20 percent on Friday.

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Planned Parenthood of New York said they are increasing appointments by 20 percent in response to the Supreme Court ruling.
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“The ban on abortion does not take away the need for people to have access to abortion. We believe that all people — no matter where they live — should have the right to take control of their own bodies, lives and futures,” Joy Calloway, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, said in a statement. “It is unacceptable that people in some states have been deprived of that right and forced to cross unjust barriers to access the abortion care they need and deserve.”

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Elected officials had planned in the event the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade and last month announced a variety of funding and new measures to welcome overseas abortion seekers.

Attorney General Letitia James last month pledged $50 million to help women seeking abortions. A portion of these funds will be used to help women who come to New York from other states where the procedures are illegal. In 2019, 9 percent, or about 7,000, of the abortions performed in New York were performed by people from out of state, according to James’ office. She said the number could grow exponentially to 32,000 following the Supreme Court decision.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that out-of-state women who want an abortion are welcome in New York City.
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New York Attorney General Letitia James
New York Attorney General Letitia James pledged $50 million for abortion seekers.
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Mayor Eric Adams welcomed women seeking abortions to New York City, where the city has budgeted $250,000 a year for abortions since 2019.

“To those seeking abortions across the country, know that you are welcome here and that we will make every effort to ensure our reproductive services are available and easily accessible to you,” Adams said in a statement. “This city will continue to respect, protect and fulfill the fundamental principles of our fundamental rights to physical autonomy and quality, critical health care for those seeking access to an abortion.

On Friday, after the decision was announced, Gov. Kathy Hochul declared the state a “safe haven” for women seeking abortions. Hochul announced an advertising campaign and additions to a website that would help women in New York and across the country get information about abortion.

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared New York a “safe haven” for women seeking abortions.
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“This is repulsive on every level,” Hochul said. New York prepares to welcome out-of-state abortion seekers


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