Conservatives say lawmakers want taxpayers to pay more
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James and other lawmakers announced new legislation Monday to establish a state program that would grant financial resources to abortion providers if the U.S. Supreme Court US overrides Roe v. Wade and the right to abortion returns. to individual states. James says this has low-income New Yorkers in mind and would also help those who come to the state for treatment.
The bill is called the Reproductive Equity and Freedom Program, and it would provide funds to medical facilities and non-profit organizations to increase access to care. The Attorney General says that abortion is health care and a lot of it comes down to safety.
James says that the vast majority of Americans believe in the right to choose. His office says that if Roe is overturned, an estimated 32,000 procedures could be performed per year with patients coming from out of state.
James says New York must lead the fight to keep abortion safe and accessible. The legislation establishes funds that the Department of Health will oversee; she says it will not go to individuals. She feels that in other areas of the nation, if some states make abortions illegal, women will go out and seek unreliable treatment.
“And that is why it is so critically important that we stand with young women not just here in New York, but across the country, particularly at a time when we recognize and understand that a ban will not stop abortions, a ban will only stop abortions, and we are here to provide safe abortions. We don’t want to go backwards,” says James.
“In my daily work, I see how abortion improves the lives of all the pregnant patients we serve, if they choose to follow that path. It is essential health care; empowers my patients to chart their own life course,” says Dr. Jessica Atrio, gynecologist.
The New York State Conservative Party released a statement today saying the Governor and Attorney General want to make New York a destination for abortion procedures, funded solely by state taxpayers.
“New York has the most radical abortion laws in the country, allowing the termination of a fetus up to the moment of birth, more than twice the time allowed by most liberal European countries. But that’s not enough for Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James, who now want to turn the state into a national mecca for abortion procedures paid for entirely by New York taxpayers. The Governor and Attorney General have no right to force New Yorkers to pay for non-New Yorkers’ abortions. New Yorkers, who already pay the highest taxes in the country, must fight it.”
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James says there are already 22 states that have laws that would allow them to ban abortions outright if Roe is overturned or weakened.