NEW YORK (1010 VICTORIES) — New York State has launched a hotline to “provide legal advice and resources to patients, health care providers and supporters seeking information about their legal rights to access and offer abortions,” the office of Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday.
The hotline is a partnership between James’ office with 24 national law firms and eight reproductive rights organizations and is part of James’ new Pro Bono Task Force on Reproductive Health.
“In the face of this devastating and destructive decision, we are doing everything in our power to ensure people have access to safe abortions,” James said. “New York has made it clear that we will continue to be a safe haven for all, and that includes providing legal support to help navigate complex, daunting, and hostile abortion laws. This network of top law firms of attorneys, advocacy groups, and attorneys nationwide will work around the clock to provide this free support, because every person in this country should have the right to make their own decisions about their own body.
The hotline, available in the 12 most commonly spoken languages in the state, will be open to anyone seeking legal information and legal advice about abortions in New York, including patients seeking to travel to the state for abortion, health care providers, and people and organizations providing material support.
“Our firm has continuously fought to protect women’s right to choose since the Roe decision in 1973,” said Ben Karp, president of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. “Following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case overturning Roe, women seeking access to abortion urgently need information about their legal rights. Today, we are leveraging our resources and historic commitment to reproductive choice for all by partnering with the New York Attorney General to establish a Reproductive Rights Task Force and a hotline to respond to the flood of inquiries from New Yorkers and others out of state seeking access to safe and legal abortions in New York.
The announcement comes after the Supreme Court last week overturned the landmark 1970 case Roe v. Wade, who protected access to abortion.
The helpline will be staffed by trained lawyers and, while it will be a resource for patients seeking abortions, it will also be available to doctors, providers and others who need legal advice on how to the new laws may apply to them. The hotline, however, is not intended to provide medical advice or help people find an abortion clinic.
“New York Attorney General Letitia James has offered a crucial resource that will help reduce the legal chaos left in the wake of the Supreme Court’s unprecedented and ruinous Dobbs decision,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the management of the Center for Reproductive. Rights. “Attorney General James has assembled a legal, private bar and nonprofit dream team that will provide much-needed clarity and information to New Yorkers, as well as those in other states seeking health care. abortion in New York, on how this decision impacts them. The Center for Reproductive Rights is proud to be a part of this groundbreaking effort, which will be a model for other states across the country as they too seek ways to deal with this national public health emergency.
Dial (212) 899-5567 to access the hotline for legal abortion information.