On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to sign into law a $92.5 billion budget. making his city the first in the nation to fully fund abortion services.
As ABC News reports, tucked away in the massive bill is $250,000 for a New York Abortion Access Fund that will help low-income women get access to abortion procedures.
According to the report, the effort to have abortion procedures covered in the state was led by the city council’s Women’s Caucus, led by Margaret Chin and Carlina Rivera.
De Blasio, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to take on President Trump in 2020, said he was proud to help low-income women get access to abortions:
Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi are among the states to pass some of the most restrictive bans, often labeled “heartbeat” bans, for not allowing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Other states, including New York, have gone in the opposite direction — passing protections for a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.
New York City is the first municipality to actually provide funding for those in need, though.
“This was an initiative coming out of the council, but I certainly support it,” De Blasio said at a press conference Friday. “We understand that there are women who need help and are having trouble getting the help they need. And the city had an opportunity here to step up.”
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said, per ABC News, the funding measure 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.”
“And what typically happens when abortion care is restricted across the country, wealthier women still can get abortions because they can fly to places and drive across state lines to get abortions. But what happens is low-income women, predominately women of color, are the ones that are locked out of the health care system and aren’t able to have abortion access,” he added.