New York State Attorney General’s Pro Bono Task Force for Reproductive Health

Reproductive Rights: Abortion is Legal in New York

Free hotline and resources for your questions about reproductive health

New York Attorney General Letitia James has teamed with 24 law firms and 8 nonprofits nationwide to provide New York residents and visitors with free (pro-bono) legal information and resources about accessing abortion.

The task force operates a free hotline, (212) 899-5567, that provides legal information and referrals to:

  • New Yorkers seeking an abortion
  • patients wanting to travel to New York for an abortion
  • people and organizations providing material support to patients
  • New York health-care providers

In New York state, abortion care is basic health care

New York made abortion legal in 1970 – three years before Roe v. Wade. In 2019, New York passed the Reproductive Health Act to protect access to reproductive rights in New York and make the right to abortion found in Roe v. Wade part of state law. Even after Roe was overturned in 2022, New York state ensures that all pregnant people (including transgender men and nonbinary people) have the right to a safe and legal abortion:

  • You have the right to an abortion up to 24 weeks from the start of pregnancy. After 24 weeks, abortion is legal if the fetus is not viable or if your life or physical or mental health is at risk. If you are younger than 18, you do not have to notify your parents or receive their consent for an abortion or other reproductive-health services.
  • Health-care providers generally cannot share medical records or information about your appointments or procedures with your partner, parents, guardians, or anyone else without your permission.
  • Your employer cannot access personal information about your or your partner’s reproductive-health decision making. Your employer, or an employer considering you for a job, cannot discriminate against you based on your reproductive-health decision making.
  • It is illegal for anyone to use force or threats to injure, intimidate, or interfere with you because you are seeking reproductive-health services.
  • New York provides public funding for abortion and requires state-regulated private insurers to cover “medically necessary” abortion care. Starting January 1, 2023, every private insurance plan that offers maternity-care coverage must cover abortion.

Abortion Hotline

(212) 899-5567

Our 24-hour hotline is available in 12 languages.

Please leave a message with your phone number. An attorney will call you back and speak to you for free.

You do not have to leave your name. You can provide specific instructions about when and how we should call you back.

When can I call?

Call (212) 899-5567 at any time.

What can I call about?

We provide “know-your-rights” information, legal guidance, and referrals to:

  • New York residents
  • patients seeking abortions in New York
  • people and organizations helping patients by providing money, transport, or lodging
  • New York health-care providers

Do I have to leave my name?

No. We only need a phone number where we can reach you.

What if I can answer calls only during certain hours or don’t want you to leave a message?

You can leave special instructions in your message. For instance, you can ask us to call only during certain hours or to not leave a message.

What if I don't speak English?

We can provide translation into 12 languages:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Yiddish

Abortion Resources

The task force has collected this information to help answer your questions about abortion rights. This is not the task force’s legal or medical advice (some of the organizations in the links may offer advice).

We try to keep this information up to date, but please check the dates on the materials to be sure they are current.

Abortion providers or prescriptions

  • Abortion Finder Information on abortion providers and abortion procedures
  • I need an abortion Information on abortion providers
  • Legal helpline (If/When/How) Legal advice, information, and referrals for people under 18 in any state who do not want to involve a parent or get a judge’s order for an abortion (note that in New York minors do not have to involve a parent or obtain a judge’s order)

Financial support

  • National Network of Abortion Funds Information on accessing financial help, finding a clinic, or getting abortion pills. Note that you may have to make an appointment before applying for financial support.

Abortion access in New York

Attorney General’s recent one-page advisory on how New York protects abortion rights

Reproductive Health Act details about the legislation.

Abortion access in U.S. states

These resources include information about abortion restrictions in each U.S. state. Remember that laws change quickly. Check the website and document dates to be sure you are reading current information.

Abortion access tracker (Planned Parenthood)

After Roe fell (Center for Reproductive Rights)

Law tracker (New York Times; requires account)

Legal action related to abortion and other outcomes of pregnancy

While abortion is legal in New York state, patients, providers, and supporters may face legal situations in other states for abortion, miscarriages, or stillbirths.

Help page (National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) Provides legal advice, assistance, and referrals for people facing state action related to pregnancy and abortion, stillbirth, miscarriage, or birth, including:

  • investigation or charges for pregnancy and drug use, abortion, or pregnancy loss
  • forced medical intervention during birth
  • “child welfare” case after birth

Help for self-managed abortion (If/When/How) Offers confidential legal advice, information, and referrals for people considering self-managed abortion (ending a pregnancy without a medical provider, including with abortion pills) or facing legal consequences for self-managed abortion in any U.S. state

Repro Legal Defense Fund Covers bail and funds legal costs for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for self-managed abortion in any U.S. state

Referrals and resources (NAPW) Provides referrals and resources for pregnant people’s concerns about employment, child welfare, drug and substance use, health care, access to services in jails and prisons, homelessness, and other issues

Confronting pregnancy criminalization (NAPW) Provides practical guidance for healthcare providers, lawyers, medical examiners, child welfare workers, and policymakers

Frequently asked questions about self-managed abortion (If/When/How)

Information for companies who want to provide reproductive-health benefits

Frequently asked questions about reproductive health in New York

What are some of the safest ways to look for abortion providers?

Don’t rely on online searches. Instead, try sites operated by legitimate reproductive-rights organizations. Our task force has reviewed these organizations and feel they represent some of the safest resources for finding abortion help.

You can also ask a trusted physician, or even a trusted friend, for a referral.

As you look for a provider, beware of crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). CPCs have websites that look like health-care providers, but they usually do not provide any medical services and never provide abortions. CPCs are often located close to genuine abortion clinics and might even show up on web searches for abortion clinics.

How can I tell if an abortion clinic is legitimate? What is a crisis pregnancy center?

The National Network of Abortion Funds has a useful clinic-finding guide that includes tips on how to tell if a clinic is reputable and provides real abortion services.

Crisis pregnancy centers (sometimes called pregnancy resource centers) are places that try to prevent pregnant people from having abortions – and sometimes even from using contraception. These organizations typically:

  • run ads asking if you’re “pregnant, scared, and need help”
  • make abortion sound very dangerous
  • won’t say if they will or won’t perform abortions, even if they use the word “choice” in their advertising

Most CPCs are not health-care providers. Even if they have medical staff, they do not provide abortion counseling or referrals, and have very limited services. Many are affiliated with religious organizations that oppose abortion, contraception, and education about reproductive health.

If you accidentally go to a CPC instead of a real abortion clinic, the CPC staff will try to talk you out of having an abortion.

Before doing anything at a facility, ask whether it provides abortion services. If they don’t directly answer your question, give you a vague answer, or change the subject, you are probably dealing with a CPC.

Be sure you are at a real health-care facility that offers abortion services or referrals before you share any personal information. CPCs are not subject to the same privacy laws as health-care facilities.

I am younger than 18 and can’t tell my parents I am pregnant. Can I get an abortion?

The Repro Legal Helpline can help you understand your legal rights in your state and find out if you can receive an abortion without notifying your parents or getting their consent. If you live in a state that requires your parents to be involved, the Legal Helpline can help you try to get an abortion without telling your parents by getting a judge’s permission (judicial bypass). The free, confidential helpline is answered by lawyers and advocates.

In New York, you have the right to have an abortion without telling your spouse or parents or seeking their permission. If you have questions about having an abortion in New York, call our hotline at (212) 899-5567.

What are abortion pills?

Using pills to end an early pregnancy is called a medication abortion. Plan C Pills offers a lot of medical and legal information on medication abortion, and a pill-finder tool for your location. Be aware that it may not be legal to use them in your state.

What if I can’t pay for an abortion? What about for travel, childcare, or housing?

You may be able to get help. The National Network of Abortion Funds lists funds across the country that provide financial help for abortion and related needs, like traveling to another state, or paying for housing while you are there. The site also has information about finding out if your insurance will pay for an abortion and guidance on finding a clinic.

Is birth control legal?

Birth control remains legal in all U.S. states. Birth control comes in many forms and includes condoms, prescription pills, vasectomies, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and emergency contraception (“morning-after pills” or “Plan B”).

How can I protect my personal and medical information?

You can take steps to protect your privacy. The New York Attorney General has a list of tips for digital safety, which includes:

  • turning off location services and ad personalization on your phone
  • using a private web browser and virtual private network (VPN)
  • encrypting your messages
  • not posting any sensitive information on social media and making your social-media account private
  • managing your online privacy settings your accounts

See the tips for detailed instructions.

Digital Defense Fund has a good guide to abortion privacy that includes everything from protecting your browsing information from tech companies to dealing with anti-abortion protestors who want to shame you. The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers a useful guide about keeping your data safe, which includes tips for phone safety, encryption, and file management. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services also has a good guide about protecting your health information on your phone.

Do New York laws protect me if I travel to New York state for an abortion? What about people who help me in New York?

If you are in New York to have a legal abortion, our protections include:

  • We will not return you to another state that wants to arrest you for a legal abortion you had in New York (unless the state claims that you illegally had the abortion outside New York).
  • New York police cannot arrest you or anyone in New York helping you, help another state arrest you, or provide another state with information about your abortion (unless they have a court-issued subpoena).
  • No one in New York can threaten, hurt, intimidate, or interfere with you because you wish to have an abortion or use other reproductive health service.
  • You can countersue an out-of-state agency or individual who prosecutes you for having a legal abortion in New York.

This is as long as law enforcement in New York can tell that these other states’ requests concern the legal abortion care, which New York law enforcement may not be able to do. Note that New York law can protect only what you do in New York state. For example, if you go to a clinic in New York and take your first abortion pill there, but then return to your home state and take the second pill, New York law cannot protect your out-of-state actions.

I am a health-care provider. How do New York state laws protect me?

New York laws provide the following protections:

  • A medical-malpractice insurer cannot penalize you for providing legal abortion care in New York state – this includes refusing to renew your contract, raising your rates, changing your coverage terms, or reporting you to someone else.
  • You cannot have professional disciplinary charges brought against you or have your medical license revoked for providing legal reproductive-health services in New York.
  • If another state begins an investigation into an abortion that you legally performed in New York, New York will not arrest or extradite you, share information with the other state, or issue a subpoena or compel testimony in connection with that legal abortion. This is as long as law enforcement in New York can tell that these other states’ requests concern the legal abortion care, which they may not be able to do.

The New York State Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is now available to reproductive health care services providers, employees, volunteers, patients, or immediate family members of reproductive health care services providers. Apply here: The New York State Address Confidentiality Program or call: 1-855-350-4595

What can I do if I had an abortion in New York and think my rights have been violated?

You may have to hire a lawyer. If you would like advice for your specific situation, call our hotline at (212) 899-5567.