Gov. Hochul announces $35 million investment to support NY’s abortion providers

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday a $35 million investment to directly support abortion providers in anticipation of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Thursday, May 10, Governor Hochul directed the state Department of Health (DOH) to create a $25 million Abortion Provider Support Fund. Hochul also allocated $10 million for reproductive health care centers to access security grants through the Division of Criminal Justice Services, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office.

Related: NY officials, activists react to leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that suggests Roe v. Wade will be overturned

Abortion Provider Support Fund

The newly-announced Abortion Provider Support Fund is the first of its kind in New York and the nation’s largest such fund. The DOH will release an expedited application for grant and reimbursement requests from providers and will begin distributing funds by the time a final Supreme Court decision is released.

Related: What does the Supreme Court’s potential overturn of Roe v. Wade mean for New York?

Security grants for reproductive health centers

The Division of Criminal Justice Services will administer $10 million in funding for safety and security capital grants for abortion providers and reproductive health centers in New York. A request for proposals is expected to be issued by the time a final Supreme Court decision is released.

Related: Attorney General James takes action to expand abortion access

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