New York, NY – Today, Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer said his administration would make a groundbreaking commitment to reproductive freedom by doubling City funding for abortion care. This funding would expand the nation’s first city-backed abortion fund — the New York Abortion Access Fund — which Stringer fought to bring City funding to in 2019, better enabling New York City to ensure access to safe abortion care to all New Yorkers who need it, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
Stringer also outlined his priorities for strengthening reproductive care, including ensuring sexual health education in our schools, investing in cultural competency in public health and delivery to ensure LGBTQ+ New Yorkers — particularly those of color — are treated with respect and dignity in our public health systems, expanding access to contraception, and protecting abortion care from right-wing attacks.
“New York City should lead the nation in ensuring that safe abortion care is accessible to all people. That’s why I was proud to fight alongside advocates for a landmark abortion care fund that — for the first time ever — provided direct City funding so that income and immigration status wouldn’t stand in the way of reproductive health care access. As mayor, I’ll build on that work and double the City’s investment in abortion care,” said Comptroller Scott Stringer.
“If New York City is going to be a national leader in this fight, that leadership must start with City Hall. And as mayor, I’ll do what I’ve always done — use my voice and the power of government to advance the cause of reproductive freedom and oppose those who attack it. There is no gray to this issue, and we now know that Andrew Yang cannot be counted on to stand up for reproductive freedom and abortion access. When Andrew Yang tries to shame the choice to have an abortion, or when he describes the decision not to have children as a “tragedy,” he is providing ammunition to the right wing’s war on reproductive freedom,” Stringer continued.
“Two years ago, when women’s reproductive rights were under attack in cities across the country, Scott Stringer stood up and worked hand-in-hand with advocates to make New York City the first city in the nation to fund abortion directly. Today, Scott is again leading the way on reproductive rights by proposing policies that will expand and strengthen access to safe abortion care and reproductive healthcare for more women regardless of immigration status or income. He is a real champion of reproductive rights with a proven track record. We need Scott in City Hall to continue championing policies that will make a difference,” said State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx).
“Every woman in every borough in this city, regardless of immigration status or income, should have access to safe, affordable abortion care. We know all too well that women, especially women of color, face many barriers to reproductive healthcare. Our city can’t afford to have someone like Andrew Yang parrot dangerous rhetoric that undermines women’s rights and reverses the progress we’ve made on reproductive rights. We need a leader who’s been a reliable ally in championing reproductive rights and has actionable policies that will lead to a future of reproductive freedom — a leader like Scott Stringer. His steady leadership on this issue demonstrates his commitment to all New Yorkers — we need him in City Hall because he will only build on that commitment,” said Senator Jessica Ramos.
“Now more than ever, we need policies that empower women and give them more agency over their bodies. We don’t need dangerous rhetoric that disenfranchises women. Stringer’s commitment to double city funding for abortion care ensures that more women will have access to safe reproductive healthcare regardless of their immigration status or income. It would be an historic step forward, and it’s why we need Scott Stringer in City Hall,” said Assemblymember Catalina Cruz.
“For decades women’s reproductive rights have been stymied and controlled by government that at the time didn’t look like us and considered us marginal. I applaud Scott Stringer’s plan to increase funding to ensure women have equal access to reproductive healthcare that we codified in New York State law,” said Assemblymember Maritza Davila.
“Abortion can’t just be safe and legal. It must also be affordable and accessible, and for far too many women that’s not the case. Investing resources to make abortion care affordable and accessible for more women regardless of their immigration status or income is essential to reaching true reproductive freedom. Scott Stringer is leading the way on this critical issue and setting an example on what progressive leadership that centers New Yorkers looks like. I am deeply disturbed by Andrew Yang’s past comments that come straight out of the right-wing playbook to create stigma and shame around abortion access. He should retract them and apologize,” said Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa.
“Once again, Scott Stringer is leading the way on bold, progressive policies that will have a real impact on New Yorkers. This is a historic proposal that empowers women and brings us closer to a future of reproductive freedom for all women. Scott is a true champion for women’s reproductive healthcare,” said Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus.
“There should never be a “but” to a woman’s right to choose. I am grateful that Scott has a comprehensive plan to fight for the protection, funding, and expansion of women’s rights,” said Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou.
“New York was the first state in the nation to legalize abortion. We have always led the way on reproductive rights and freedom. Today, Scott Stringer is moving New York further along. Dedicating more city funding to abortion care and reproductive healthcare is historic and will continue to set an example for cities across the country on what reproductive freedom looks like. This is the type of leadership and commitment we need in New York City. What we absolutely do not need is someone at City Hall who’s going to shame people who exercise their right to choose,” said Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal.
“For decades, New York has led the nation on abortion rights. The reality is there’s still work to be done to expand access to reproductive care for more women. Scott Stringer’s commitment to double funding for safe abortion care and protect reproductive rights for more women upholds and continues New York’s legacy on abortion and moves us forward,” said Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright.
“Reproductive rights are part of healthcare justice, and women’s decisions as it relates to reproductive care are hers alone to make. By increasing funding for abortion care so more women can access safe care, Scott Stringer is leading New York City to a future with healthcare justice for all New Yorkers,” said Assemblymember Amanda Septimo.
“It’s a fact that women of color have disproportionately faced barriers to access safe reproductive healthcare. Increasing funding for abortion care and protecting reproductive healthcare, pushes down those barriers and gives more women increased autonomy over their bodies. I am proud of Scott Stringer for proposing policies that protect reproductive rights for more women,” said Councilmember Diana Ayala.
A Stringer administration will build on Scott’s lifetime of staunch advocacy for reproductive rights and justice, including: working together with advocates to successfully fight for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act and Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, leading the successful effort to make pregnancy a qualifying event for health insurane in New York State, advancing sexual and reproductive health education in our schools, fighting back against attacks on Title X, publicly supporting Planned Parenthood in the face of extremist attacks, working alongside investors to bring transparency to corporate reproductive health policies, and working alongside adovcates to make New York City the first city in the nation to directly fund abortion care in 2019.
As Mayor, Scott will: