New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to spend $15 million to help abortion facilities expand so they can abort more unborn babies across the state.
Touting New York as a “safe harbor” for abortions, Hochul announced the taxpayer-funded grants Friday, saying she wants to “increase access to abortion services” in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Spectrum News 1 reports.
“I will not stand idly by while the rights of women across the country are stripped away,” Hochul said in a statement. “This funding opportunity further builds on our nation-leading protections for abortion patients and our ongoing work with providers to ensure they have the support and resources they need to provide care.”
New York laws allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 105,380 abortions in 2017 in the state. New York has the second-highest number of abortion facilities of any state in the country at 89, a recent ANSIRH study found.
Now, Hochul is spending taxpayers’ money to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions even more. The $15 million will be given to abortion facilities that provide medical and/or surgical abortions and plan to use the money to “expand access to medical and/or procedural abortion services,” according to the New York State Department of Health.
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According to the grant application, the more unborn babies that an abortion facility aborts, the more money it can receive – up to $250,000.
Abortion facilities may use the money to hire and train new staff, buy medical equipment, advertise abortions and pay for building overhead. The money also may be used for “unreimbursed” abortion costs not covered by insurance or Medicaid for New York women, according to the grant application.
Here’s more from Spectrum News 1:
The funds are part of $35 million that was set aside within the state Department of Health and the Division of Criminal Justice Services back in May when the potential loomed for the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 landmark ruling but before the actual ruling came down. The first $10 million, which was announced a week and a half ago, went to 63 clinics across the state to conduct more hiring and expand operations.
Her administration also is working directly with abortion businesses through a new Abortion Access Working Group, which meets “regularly with patients, providers and advocates to guide state policy and respond to on-the-ground needs, and enshrined into law a requirement for health plans to cover abortion services without cost-sharing in the State Budget,” according to her office.
Other Democrat-led states also are spending tax dollars to prop up the billion-dollar abortion industry in response to Roe being overturned. California Gov. Gavin Newsom included $20 million in his budget plan to encourage medical students to become abortionists. In March, Oregon lawmakers also approved $15 million in their state budget to pay for women in and out of state to travel for abortions.
Abortions have killed more than 63 million unborn babies in America in the past 50 years. On June 24, for the first time since 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court began allowing states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
Thirteen already have done so, although some have been blocked by court orders, and more state are expected to enact pro-life laws in the coming weeks. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates more than 110,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion as a result of the pro-life laws currently in place.