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June 18, 1970: Agencies, hospitals brace for influx as New York widens access to abortion

Three years before the landmark “Roe vs Wade” Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in all states, New York had adopted some of the country’s most liberal laws in allowing the procedure.

About 1,500 legal abortions were performed in New York State in 1969, when the law only allowed for abortion when the life of the mother was threatened.  With abortion open to a wider range of women starting July 1, 1970, state health officials expected that number to climb to 15,000 in the first year.

An abortion was expected to cost between $450 and $500 and was available at Buffalo General, Deaconess, Millard Fillmore, Meyer Memorial and Children’s hospitals.

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