New York State Senator, Alessandra Biaggi has introduced Senate Bill 6632, “AN ACT to amend the tax law and the state finance law, in relation to allowing taxpayers to make a gift to the abortion access fund on their personal income tax returns.”
The bill does more, however, than place a box on the New York State income tax return which tax payers can check off to make a donation to fund abortions. The bill also establishes the Abortion Access Fund the money will go into.
The bill also states that a taxpayer’s donation via their tax return does not diminish their tax liability. State funds now being used to provide abortion services cannot be diminished by the amount in the Abortion Access Fund. The bill also allows donations to the fund via grants, other donations and bequests.
The money collected will be distributed to non-profits who must make application for monies from the Fund. If granted, funds do not have to be used only for providing abortions. They can be used for the non-profit’s overhead costs. According to the text of the proposed bill, “MONIES OF THE FUND SHALL BE EXPENDED, PURSUANT TO A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, TO FUND THE OPERATIONAL AND PROGRAMMATIC EXPENSES OF NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENTITIES THAT PROVIDE SUPPORT TO INDIVIDUALS IN NEED OF ABORTION SERVICES, BY ADDRESSING FINANCIAL AND LOGISTICAL BARRIERS THAT PREVENT ACCESS TO CARE. THIS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, FUNDING FOR MEDICAL SERVICES AND LOGISTICAL COSTS.”
The conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms sees the bill as backdoor funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill’s memorandum does not mention Planned Parenthood but Planned Parenthood would apparently be one of the organizations that would profit from the bill. The memorandum states “This bill provides an effective means to improve access to this health care service and affords the majority of New York taxpayers who support the right to abortion care, the ability to personally contribute to entities that help to make that right a reality for those who are financially struggling,”