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New York officials are reacting to the impending Supreme Court vote to strike down Roe v. Wade. Attorney General Tish James is expected to make an abortion announcement Monday, following a statement issued over the weekend saying she supports an amendment to the state constitution to protect abortion access.
It is unclear what a constitutional amendment would look like. Some legislators are calling for a narrow amendment based on the pending Supreme Court ruling, while Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins indicated that a more expansive amendment is being crafted and considered.
The amendment would be in addition to a number of measures the state Legislature is looking to pass in the coming weeks before the session ends on June 2. Among the bills include an abortion access fund, which would allow residents to voluntarily contribute money through their personal income taxes to a pot used to help people come to New York for an abortion. The fund could be accessed by residents and non-residents alike.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases continue to be on the rise in New York City and throughout the state, though hospitalizations are steady and low. New York City last week entered “medium risk,” though Mayor Eric Adams has said he isn’t ready to reinstate certain restrictions like vaccine checks and mask mandates made ubiquitous under his predecessor Bill de Blasio.
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POLITICO’s Ben Leonard: Online providers and groups are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people requesting abortion pills or seeking information on consultations for the drugs since the draft opinion ending Roe v. Wade was first reported on Monday. Data from online abortion site Plan C shows a surge in traffic coming from both Republican-controlled states like Texas and Florida, which are set to limit abortion access, and from Democrat-held states like California and New York, which are also unlikely to limit access.
POLITICO’s Erin Durkin: Mayor Eric Adams said Friday he is still “not there yet” on imposing vaccine or mask mandates as the city’s Covid-19 case numbers continue to rise. Days after the city entered a higher official risk level for the disease, Adams disputed the idea that he hasn’t done enough to sound the alarm about rising infections.
POLITICO’s Anna Gronewold: New York governor’s polling sagged as she dealt with an arrested lieutenant governor, a bruising budget battle and a weak campaign rollout.
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