Abortion is getting a lot of attention in state legislatures, with lawmakers in recent months taking up both strict restrictions and access protections. But one official in New York City thinks it is time for the country’s largest city to wade into the debate.
New York may become the first city in the country to directly fund abortion care—not just for women who live there, but also for women who live in states with strict abortion limits who travel to the city for their reproductive care. City comptroller Scott Stringer has proposed that the city set aside $250,000 of its $92 million budget for the New York Abortion Access Fund, a volunteer-run organization that covers the cost of an abortion for around 500 to 600 people per year who can’t afford the procedure. Stringer estimates that the additional money would help another 500 women.