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NYC Making Abortion Pills Available At City Run Clinics

In this photo illustration, a person looks at an abortion pill (RU-486) for unintended pregnancy from Mifepristone displayed on a smartphone on May 8, 2020, in Arlington, Va. Under federal law, even in states where telemedicine abortion is legal, there are strict rules surrounding how the pill is dispensed.
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In this photo illustration, a person looks at an abortion pill (RU-486) for unintended pregnancy from Mifepristone displayed on a smartphone on May 8, 2020, in Arlington, Va. Under federal law, even in states where telemedicine abortion is legal, there are strict rules surrounding how the pill is dispensed.

New York City is offering free access to abortion pills starting today at a city run sexual health clinic.

By the end of the year, there will be four city run clinics to offer the abortion pill. The Morrisania Sexual Health Clinic in the Bronx is the first. It started making them available Wednesday. Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan says this in addition to the abortion services being offered by city run hospitals. However, he says unlike the hospitals, the city run health clinics will not ask patients about their citizenship status and insurance.

"This is city dollars going to this specific purpose and we are the first in the nation to do that."

The initiative is part of a series of women's health services just announced by the mayor.