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New York Becomes the First City in the U.S. to Directly Fund Abortions

By Lisa Ryan

As reproductive rights across the country face constant attacks, New York City is stepping up to help with abortion access for women living in affected areas. The city has now allocated $250,000 to a nonprofit that will help poor people living in other states travel to the city to obtain the procedure, the New York Times reports.

The funds will go towards the New York Abortion Access Fund, which helps cover the costs of abortion for low-income people, in addition to helping others come to New York for the procedure. The Times points out that while the amount of allocated funds may seem relatively small, its symbolism is fairly huge in the fight for abortion access. Activists believe this is the first time a city has set aside funding specifically for abortions, per the report.

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