New York State and Today’s “Back Alley” Abortions


by Julie Klose

This past February, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards tweeted out a series of tweets in the form of cue cards with the hashtag #whatwomenwant for Valentine’s Day. One of the cue cards said “safe and legal abortions”. Well, if you live in the state of New York abortions are legal but there is plenty of evidence that safe abortions are not a priority with the New York State Health Department.

New York State has one of the highest abortion rates in the country. According the Chiaroscuro Foundation there were 1,145,261 abortions in New York City between the years 2000-2012 and a total of 1,515,108 in the state of New York. There are an estimated 225 abortion providers in New York State. There are 25 licensed clinics that have had inspections but without regularity over a 12 year span. Eight of the 25 clinics have had no inspections at all and 17 of those that were inspected have deplorable violations.

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