New York Council passes bill requiring access to abortion pills

The New York City Council on Thursday approved a sweeping package of measures to expand abortion access in the Big Apple, including requiring city-run clinics to stock pregnancy-terminating drugs.

It passed by a vote of 41 to 7 and would also require the city’s health department to be able to provide counseling and referrals to other family planning clinics if needed for other services.

“New York City has always been a leader in protecting reproductive health and rights,” said the measure’s chief sponsor, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan), who is running to represent a district that spans its district and a wide swath of Brooklyn into the US Congress.

Negative votes were cast by Council members Joann Ariola (R-Queens), Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island), David Carr (R-Staten Island), Bob Holden (D-Queens), Vickie Paladino (R- Queens), Inna Vernikov (R-Brooklyn) and Kalman Yeger (D-Brooklyn).

Councilwoman Carlina Rivera said NYC was “a leader in protecting reproductive health and rights.”
William Farrington
New City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (center) with his cabinet
Joe Borelli was among the no.

The package of measures was approved just weeks after the US Supreme Court stunned the nation by formally overturning its own landmark 1970s ruling that legalized abortion, leaving each state responsible for setting its own rules.

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