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NYC mayor unveils plan to expand abortion in black neighborhoods

Citing racial disparities, Mayor Adams targets black neighborhoods "to expand abortion access." | PLUS: NYC Mayor Announces Plans to Dispense Free Abortion Pills to 10,000 Women

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday announced a sweeping plan to expand abortion access in New York City, bolster sex education and close the race and sex gap in healthcare access and outcomes.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will open seven new abortion medication clinics across the city with both walk-in and scheduled appointments.

The Morrisania Sexual Health Clinic in the Bronx will start offering abortion pills Wednesday, and the other clinics will start offering medication abortions over the course of 2023 and 2024.

The city specifically named Crown Heights in Brooklyn, Central Harlem in Manhattan and Jamaica Queens as neighborhoods that can expect increased access.

[All three communities are named as “Prominent NYC Neighborhoods Rich in Black History” by New York City news site CitySignal, Feb 22, 2022 – HH] 

“By expanding access to medication abortions at all city-run sexual health clinics and using municipal funds to pay for abortion care, New York City is demonstrating how local governments across the United States can and must take bold action to defend reproductive freedom for everyone.”

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These Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Clinics will expand upon abortion services already offered at 11 New York City Health and Hospitals buildings and private or non-profit outlets.

The new clinics will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to DOHMH Family and Child Health Deputy Commissioner Dr. Leslie Hayes.

As with existing providers, abortion services will be available to anyone, including people from out of state who may not be able to access abortions locally.

The mayor’s plan to expand abortion access comes as a bill signed into law in August providing city funding for abortion expenses like travel and child care was enacted on Tuesday.

“Just 100 days since the overturning of Roe, 66 clinics have stopped providing abortions, including in states where abortion is still legal, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The threat to abortion access is not abstract or far away,” said City Council Member Carlina Rivera … READ MORE. 

NYC Mayor Announces Plans to Dispense Free Abortion Pills to 10,000 Women

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Dan Hart January 18, 2023

THE WASHINGTON STAND – On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) announced that a city-run clinic in the Bronx will begin to offer free abortion pills to women starting Wednesday, with plans to expand the program to three more clinics by the end of the year in order to dispense the drug to up to 10,000 women.

Experts say that the plan poses dangerous health risks for women.

The abortion pill regimen includes drugs that deprive an unborn child of progesterone, causing it to die in the womb. The second drug in the regimen causes intense uterine contractions, which is designed to expel the baby and other embryonic tissues to complete the abortion in the home of the woman, unsupervised by medical staff.

According to the FDA’s prescription information on the abortion pill, health risks include severe bleeding, infection, retained fetal parts, the need for emergency surgery, and even death.

Women may also experience cramping, hemorrhage requiring transfusions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, and bleeding, which may continue for up to 30 days.

Between 2000 and 2021, 4,207 adverse events related to chemical abortions were reported to the FDA.

These include 26 deaths, 97 ectopic pregnancies, 1,045 hospitalizations, 603 blood transfusions, and 413 infections. An unknown additional number of adverse events are extremely likely, as these were the only ones voluntarily reported to the FDA … read more. 

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