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New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday called on state authorities to create a fund to finance abortions throughout the United States, coinciding with the start of a Supreme Court case in which the future of abortion in the country will be decided.
The Supreme Court case will kick off with arguments from the state of Mississippi, which has pushed for a law to ban abortion after 15 weeks gestation in that state.
James, who will run in the upcoming election for governor of New York State, has proposed that taxpayers be responsible for funding women who choose to end the lives of their babies and that the fund would cover, in addition to medical services, transportation and lodging for women seeking abortions who reside in states where abortion is limited or banned.
In the absence of a national law admitting abortion, in 1973, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on the case known as Roe v. Wade, which became the avenue for abortion at the federal level.
It is the intention of Mississippi and other anti-abortion states to have the Supreme Court overturn that ruling.
Last September, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a plan to make New York a “safe haven” for women seeking abortions in the United States.