Abortion Access Fund Would Finance Abortion Tourism

Last fall, following the passage of the pro-life Texas Heartbeat Law, some New York politicians began inviting women from pro-life states to travel to New York to obtain abortions.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an agenda to “‘affirm abortion rights and cement New York’s status as a place to welcome women seeking abortion care.’” The Governor added, “‘To the women of Texas, I want to say I am with you. Lady Liberty is here to welcome you with open arms.’”

After the Supreme Court of the United States held oral arguments in the key abortion case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, New York Attorney General Letitia James went even further. Attorney General James proposed that the state of New York “‘establish a dedicated fund that would help support and provide financial resources to women across the country so that they could continue to make their own reproductive choices.’”

New York is already known as a state where out-of-state women obtain abortions. A pending bill in the New York State Legislature could encourage even more out-of-state women to travel here to undergo abortions. Bill S.758-Biaggi/A.1926-Reyes would create an abortion access fund in the Empire State. The fund would provide monies to nonprofit organizations so that those organizations could, in turn, give money to women to pay for abortions and “logistical costs.” New York tax forms would be changed to allow taxpayers to donate money to the abortion access fund. Nothing in the bill states that abortion access fund expenditures would be limited to New York residents; in fact, the sponsor memorandum expressly refers to other states.

It is truly repugnant to encourage out-of-state women to treat New York as an abortion mecca. The abortion access fund bill must not be passed.