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New York governor Kathy Hochul announces $35 million support fund for abortion providers

The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, has announced a $35 million support fund that will assist abortion providers in the coming weeks as the battle over abortion heats up on the heels of a leaked draft opinion that showed the Supreme Court seems poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Tuesday’s announcement makes New York the first state in the nation to allocate state funds to support and protect abortion providers in the coming weeks amid an anticipated uptick in new patients and the likelihood of protesting outside abortion clinics and other women’s healthcare facilities. 

The specific use of the funding was outlined in a statement from Hochul’s office. “Governor Hochul directed the Department of Health to create a $25 million Abortion Provider Support Fund for abortion providers in order to both expand capacity and ensure access for patients seeking abortion care in New York,” the statement said.

“The Governor also announced $10 million for reproductive health care centers to access security grants through the Division of Criminal Justice Services to help ensure the safety of the providers performing this vital care.”

Hochul took a tough stance on abortion and the fight against the impending Supreme Court ruling when she spoke to reporters in a virtual briefing on Wednesday. “Don’t mess with the state of New York: We’re putting the resources in place to make sure our providers and our patients have whatever they need to exercise those very basic human rights,” Hochul said. “We are ready.”

Critics of the fund say it is not in the interest of pro-life New Yorkers. The New York State Catholic Conference called it “a grave misuse of state resources and an insult to millions of pro-life New Yorkers.”

Proponents of the fund say it is vital for women’s health and safety.  “Through this nation-leading fund and increased support, we are getting resources directly to the providers who care for New Yorkers seeking abortions and those who are – and will be – coming to New York to seek this care.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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