New York

NYC allocates $250,000 for abortions for women from other states

Pro-abortion protesters in New York City
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New York City is allocating $250,000 to help disenfranchised women who travel to New York state pay for abortions, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The fund is a symbolic gesture from the city as other states are ramping up abortion bans, per NYT. The state of New York passed a bill in January protecting abortions as a fundamental right.

NY ends vaccination exemptions for religious beliefs

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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In the latest attempt to address the ongoing measles outbreak, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Thursday ending vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: New York City has long been trying to figure out how to combat the measles outbreak — particularly because of the resistance of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to vaccinations. Cuomo said he understands the importance of religious freedom, but protecting public health is equally important, per the NYT.