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

Reproductive Rights: Abortion is Legal in New York

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

New York Attorney General Letitia James, in partnership with 24 national law firms and 8 nonprofits, has launched a Pro Bono Task Force and hotline to help New Yorkers and people visiting New York with legal information and resources about accessing abortion.

The Task Force operates a hotline providing “know your rights," legal information, and referrals to:

  • New Yorkers seeking abortions;
  • Patients seeking to travel to New York to obtain an abortion;
  • People and organizations providing material support to these patients; and
  • New York healthcare providers.

In addition, the Task Force will develop legal resources for patients, providers, and supporters; provide guidance on organizational policies to support access to reproductive healthcare; conduct research and participate in litigation and other guidance on organizational policies to support access to reproductive healthcare; conduct research and participate in litigation and other efforts to protect and improve access to reproductive healthcare.

Read the Attorney General's recent advisory for more information about abortion laws in New York state.

Abortion Hotline

(212) 899-5567

The hotline is free and available in 12 languages.

You will be asked to leave a message with your phone number and an attorney will call you back. You do not need to leave your name and you can provide specific callback instructions.

How do I reach the hotline?

To reach the hotline call (212) 899-5567 at any time.

What can I call about?

The hotline is intended to provide “know your rights”, legal information, and referrals to New Yorkers seeking an abortion; patients seeking abortions in New York; people and organizations providing material support to these patients (such as money, transportation, or lodging); and New York health care providers.

Do I have to give my name?

No. You only need to leave a phone number where we can reach you.

What if I have special instructions (for example, I don't want an attorney to leave a message for me or I can only answer a call during certain hours)?

You can leave special instructions on the message. For example, you can ask that an attorney call you back between certain hours or that they do not leave a message.

What if I don't speak English?

The hotline will 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 the following materials, which address common questions but should not be relied upon as legal advice from the Office of the Attorney General or the Task Force. While the OAG endeavors to keep these materials up to date, please review the dates on these materials to ensure they are current.

Find an abortion provider or get a prescription for medication abortion

Find an abortion provider:

  • provides information on abortion providers along with information about abortion and different types of procedures.
  • provides information on abortion providers.
  • provides information on how to access at-home abortion pill options online.
  • ReproLegalHelpline provides legal advice, information, and referrals for people under 18 in any state who cannot involve a parent and need to get a judge's order to get an abortion. In New York, minors do not need to involve a parent or get a judge's order to get an abortion.

Find financial support

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Learn about abortion access in New York

Abortion is legal in New York state. Abortion has been legal here since 1970, before Roe v. Wade. The Attorney General's recent advisory provides information about how New York protects the right to an abortion.

In June 2022, New York acted swiftly to preserve the right to abortion and increase protections for patients and healthcare providers in New York state.

The links below will take you to the full text of the bill.

  • S9077A (Krueger) / A10372A (Lavine via Rules) - Provides certain legal protections for abortion service providers including protection from extradition, arrest, and legal proceedings in other states relating to abortions legally performed in New York state.
  • S470 (Hoylman) / A5499 (Glick) - Authorizes the Commissioner of Health to conduct a study and issue a report examining the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant women in New York and the impact of limited service pregnancy centers.
  • A9718B (L. Rosenthal) / S9080B (Hinchey) - Prohibits medical malpractice insurance companies from taking any adverse action against a reproductive health care provider who provides legal reproductive health care.
  • S9039A (Biaggi) / A10094A (Burdick) - Establishes a cause of action for unlawful interference with protected rights.
  • A9687B (L. Rosenthal) / S9079B (Kaplan) - Prohibits professional misconduct charges against licensed medical professionals for providing abortion and reproductive health services to patients who reside in states where such services are illegal.
  • S9384A (Cleare) / A9818A (Paulin) - Includes abortion providers and patients of abortion providers in the address confidentiality program.

Find information on state-level abortion restrictions

Please note the state of the law is changing very quickly. Please review the date updated to make sure information is current.

Find assistance and information regarding legal action relating to pregnancy outcomes (including abortion)

Find information regarding people's rights during labor and birth

Find resources for companies seeking to provide reproductive health benefits

Special Thanks

Attorney General James is grateful to the following firms and nonprofits for their partnership on the Task Force:

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • If/When/How
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Milbank LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • National Advocates for Pregnant Women
  • National Institute of Reproductive Health
  • New York Civil Liberties Union
  • O'Melveny & Myers
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP
  • Winston & Strawn LLP