Monday, January 30, 2017

The Pro-Choice Caucus Stands Up for Reproductive Rights!

Albany - Today more than 1,500 reproductive rights advocates, patients, and supporters from around the state met in Albany for the Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts Annual Day of Action.  They advocated for greater protections for reproductive rights and contraceptive access here in New York State while Congress continues their assault on women’s health on the national level.

The BPCLC maintains that New York State must be a bold leader, not just by defending the status quo, but by raising the bar on access to reproductive health care. The Senate must pass the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, already passed by the Assembly, and protect the vital services Planned Parenthood provides, so that all New Yorkers can have the freedom to make responsible decisions for themselves and their families.

Special guests at the event included Governor Andrew Cuomo, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Democratic Conference Leader and BPCLC Co-Chair Andrea Stewart-Cousins, BPCLC Co-Chair Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and many BPCLC members. 

Co-Chair Assm. Ellen Jaffee and BPCLC members

From L to R: Assms Seawright, Barrett, Bronson, Skoufis, Woerner, Buchwald, Mayer, Fahy, Senators Kennedy, Hoylman, Assms Gottfried, Brindisi, and Lavine

Over 1,500 people attended the Day of Action

BPCLC Co-Chair Sen. Liz Krueger, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and NYS Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon

Thursday, January 26, 2017

NYCLU Report On NYS Abortion Law

Last updated in 1970 before Roe v. Wade, New York's abortion law falls short of constitutional protections and does not reflect current medical practices. NYCLU just released a new report on the need to update New York State’s abortion laws, Critical Conditions: How New York's Unconstitutional Abortion Law Jeopardizes Women's Health.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

NY Assembly Passes Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act

Thank you to Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and all of our Assemblymembers who passed the Reproductive Health Act (A1748 Glick/S2796 Krueger, Stewart-Cousins)  and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (A1378 Cahill/S3668 Bonacic).  Once again, our Assemblymembers have demonstrated that they understand what’s at stake with an anti-choice Congress and White House that have pledged to repeal the ACA, defund Planned Parenthood, and appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Planned Parenthood’s 100-Year Anniversary

New York - Today marked Planned Parenthood’s 100-year anniversary.  Planned Parenthood traces its origins to Brooklyn, New York, where it was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams. Planned Parenthood grew into a national organization working to ensure access to reproductive health services for all people, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.

BPCLC Co-Chair Senator Liz Krueger attended their anniversary celebration and presented them with a proclamation on behalf of the BPCLC.

Sen. Krueger, Assm. Glick, Assm. Seawright, and many others celebrate the Planned Parenthood Centennial

From L to R: Manhattan BP Gale Brewer, Rep. Grace Meng, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Rep. Yvette Clarke, NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Sen. Liz Krueger

Saturday, October 1, 2016

BPCLC Supports Amendment To Title X Family Planning Program

New York - The women legislators in the BPCLC have submitted comments in support of the Obama administration’s proposed amendment of regulations to the Title X Family Planning Program. The amendment would ensure that states provide fair access to family planning services and stop playing politics with women’s health.

States receive the federal funding to distribute to health care providers to ensure that low-income people can access critical services like cancer screenings, contraceptives, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and to reduce maternal mortality. Many states have restricted access to this funding from providers like Planned Parenthood that also provide abortions -- even when these providers are in the best position to deliver the family planning services. As a result, low-income women and people of color suffer the most.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Attorney General Clarifies Primacy of Roe Over Outdated NY Abortion Law

New York - State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a legal opinion clarifying that the outdated New York State penal law cannot criminalize abortion in cases when women are guaranteed that right through the Constitution. Read the press release hereRead the full AG opinion here.

New York was a pioneer in women’s health and legalized abortion before Roe v. Wade, but now our law is outdated. The AG’s opinion clarifies that abortions performed after 24 weeks are lawful when the fetus is not viable or when the abortion is necessary to protect the health of the woman, as protected by the Constitution.

Read the NY Times article on the AG opinion. Also, a Jezebel article details the efforts of a woman from New York having to bear the health risk and financial and emotional burden of traveling to Colorado to terminate a wanted pregnancy because the fetus was not viable.

We will not give up the fight to update our state laws to reflect the AG’s opinion and the rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade.