New York will offer free abortion pills at city-run health clinics 

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New York will provide abortion remedy free-of-charge at 4 city-run well being clinics, Mayor Eric Adams (D) introduced Tuesday as he laid out an agenda to restore well being care inequities for girls within the metropolis.  

“For too lengthy, well being and well being care has been centered round males. If males had durations, pap smears and menopause, they’d get a paid trip. And if males might get pregnant, we wouldn’t see Congress attempting to move legal guidelines proscribing abortion,” Adams stated in a sweeping deal with on girls’s well being. 

“We’ve been standing on the sidelines of ladies’s well being for too lengthy, and I’ve personally seen firsthand how the well being system is letting our girls down,” he added. 

Abortion drugs will likely be obtainable beginning Wednesday on the New York Metropolis Division of Well being and Psychological Hygiene clinic within the Bronx, and an extra three clinics in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens are additionally set to begin shelling out the remedy by the top of the 12 months, in response to the governor’s workplace.  

The 4 websites collectively might disperse as much as 10,000 abortion drugs per 12 months, along with the drugs allotted by town’s hospital system, the place the remedy is already obtainable. 

The transfer to supply the drugs without spending a dime on the city-funded clinics is meant to assist sufferers get round insurance coverage and financial hurdles that they could run up in opposition to within the hospitals. 

“No different metropolis within the nation or on the planet has a public well being division that’s offering remedy abortion. We’re the primary,” Adams stated.  

The transfer is a part of his “New York Metropolis Girls’s Well being Agenda,” which he introduced Tuesday at Metropolis Corridor alongside metropolis well being officers.   

“It’s lengthy overdue that we break taboos and make New York Metropolis a mannequin for the way forward for girls’s well being care. We’re going to construct a metropolis that’s right here for all girls and ladies,” Adams stated.  

The mayor’s wide-ranging plan consists of efforts to make town and workplaces “extra girls’s well being care pleasant,” from lactation rooms for nursing moms to paid go away for most cancers screenings. 

The agenda additionally properties in on addressing racial disparities in girls’s well being care, just like the maternal mortality price amongst pregnant Black girls that’s over 9 occasions the speed seen amongst pregnant white girls, town reviews.  

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