City officials denounce abortion bans in letter – Crain’s New York Business

Thirty New York City elected officials—including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Comptroller Scott Stringer—signed an open letter, published Wednesday, in opposition to abortion bans.

Planned Parenthood of New York City led the effort to have the local leaders sign the letter, which the organization said denounces “the reckless actions of politicians who threaten access to reproductive health care—including safe, legal abortion.”

Abortion bans have recently been passed in states including Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and Ohio. Some of the bans don’t include exceptions for rape or incest survivors, and others would jail doctors for offering their patients care, the letter noted. The elected officials called the bans part of a coordinated plan to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“At all levels of government, we must stand committed to ensuring our constituents have access to the full range of reproductive health care services they need and deserve,” the leaders wrote. “As representatives in New York state, we are proud that our state government protected reproductive rights for New Yorkers in January with the passage of the Reproductive Health Act.”

The Reproductive Health Act—part of a trio of reproductive-rights bills—reforms state laws to protect reproductive rights and abortion access even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

“We have stood in support of this bill in our communities, knowing that our constituents are safer and healthier when access to health care comes without fear or stigma,” the leaders wrote.

On Tuesday Manhattan-based Public Health Solutions and the New York Civil Liberties Union were among a group of plaintiffs that filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s refusal-of-care rule.

Among other complaints, the plaintiffs alleged the rule would have a “devastating impact” on the federally-funded Title X family-planning program by forcing Title X providers, including the plaintiffs, “to hire and employ individuals who will withhold and obstruct access to complete, accurate and unbiased information about abortion from their patients.”