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  • Nic F. Anderson

NYC Mayor Bashes Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade, Calls On Activists to Unite

NYC Mayor Eric Adams in front of City Hall dissenting against
the overturn of Roe v. Wade and discussing next steps for the city | June 24, 2022

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which effectively overturned Roe v. Wade, New York City Mayor Eric Adams turned to the public, dissenting against the decision.

“To all New Yorkers: you still have access safe, legal abortions here in New York City,” he tweeted minutes after the decision became public.

Currently, Adams is speaking live at City Hall, urging to codify access to safe abortions into law to protect those who have a uterus and wish to seek out an abortion.

When asked what Adams can do to codify legal abortion, he said, “We should look at every law in the state, we should look to the governor to return to Albany… this is a national problem, it is time for national leadership to set up… we should not only have the right in New York, we should have the right in our country… We are leaving no stone unturned… This is not a fight we’re going to sit idly by.”

Adams said that he, along with Commissioner of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, and Deputy Mayor, Anne Williams-Isom, are going to sit down to determine how to move forward with increasing access and safety to those seeking an abortion in New York City.

The city’s mayoral office is looking to expand access to medication abortion, capacity of doctors able to perform abortions and the number of abortions conducted in the hospital system. There was also some talk about potentially providing transportation to those who wish to seek out an abortion in New York City; however, nothing has been finalized just yet.

Adams said that women’s rights activists should band together with LGBTQ+, immigration and voting rights activists. “Be very afraid.. That fear should turn into mobilization.” Adams added that he never thought he would “see the court use politics or personal beliefs” to achieve their own agenda. “This is an alarming and concerning time,” Adams said.

Anyone with a uterus can get pregnant. This includes cisgender women, transgender men and some non-binary people. In New York City, people who become pregnant and wish to terminate the pregnancy, for any reason, can do so up to 24 weeks (approximately 28 weeks from the last time someone menstruated); however, if one’s pregnancy becomes a medical emergency past the 24 week mark, medical professionals may decide to terminate the pregnancy for the safety of the pregnant person.

According to New York City, one in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45 throughout the United States.

You can get an abortion at many health centers in New York City.

To find abortion providers:

The city also warns against fake abortion clinics, sometimes called crisis pregnancy centers or pregnancy resource centers. These health clinics often imitate other clinics through names and signage; located near clinics that provide abortions; provide false information; try to mislead people on how many weeks pregnant they are; claim to offer free counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds; amongst other tactics.

New York City law does require these facilities to post a sign in English and Spanish which states there is not a medical provider on site or offer abortion care. If you or someone you know encounters a fake abortion clinic, file a complaint online or by call 311.

Learn more about fake clinics in NYC:

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