Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Caucus Members Meet For Legislative Breakfast

Albany - BPCLC members met today over breakfast to discuss several issues connected to ensuring quality, accessible reproductive health care in New York State. Topics under discussion included the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, Paid Family Leave, the Supreme Court, and New York legislation that recently went into effect allowing pregnant women to enroll in the New York State Marketplace at any time of year.

BPCLC Co-Chairs, Senators Stewart-Cousins and Krueger, and Assembly Member Jaffee

Assembly Members Seawright, Otis, and Simon  

Assm. Seawright, Sen. Krueger, and Assm. Paulin

Monday, January 25, 2016

Assembly Passes Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act

Albany - Today the State Assembly passed the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (S6013/A8135). The CCCA, co-sponsored by Senator John Bonacic and BPCLC member Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, provides insurance coverage for FDA-approved contraception, improves access to emergency contraceptives, allows for a 12 month supply of birth control, and covers sterilization for men and women.

BPCLC Co-Chair Senator Liz Krueger released the following statement after the passage of the bill:

"Ensuring that all New Yorkers, regardless of income, have access to contraceptive options is good for our families and a vital step toward women's equality. Lack of coverage and high co-pays prevent many women and men from being able to make their own decisions about starting a family. Contraceptive equity reduces unintended pregnancies, and leads to families that are planned, safe and healthy. I congratulate Assembly Member Cahill and his colleagues for passing this bill today, I thank Senator Bonacic for his leadership, and I encourage my fellow Senators to take swift action and put this bill on the Governor's desk." 

BPCLC Members Rally For FPA Day of Action

BPCLC Co-Chair and Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins with BPCLC members at the FPA Day of Action

Albany - Today, BPCLC members rallied in the State Capitol for the Family Planning Advocates Day of Action. For their Day of Action, FPA brings together hundreds of supporters to meet with lawmakers and work to increase funding for family planning and unintended pregnancy prevention, advocate for the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act and Paid Family Leave, and to safeguard the health of incarcerated pregnant individuals. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Joins BPCLC Members and Advocates to Support Planned Parenthood

Caucus Releases Letter To NYS Congressional Delegation Opposing Defunding Attempt

Sen. Krueger and Assm. Rosenthal with Advocates
New York – Today, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was joined by members of the New York State Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC), including State Senators Krueger, Gianaris and Montgomery, and Assemblymembers Gottfried, Kaminsky, Lavine, Rosenthal, Seawright and Simotas, and activists from NARAL, NOW, NYCLU and others, at a rally to show support for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and oppose any efforts by Congress to cut off funding for PPFA.  BPCLC also released a letter that was sent to members of the New York State Congressional delegation, urging them to oppose any funding cuts.  The full text of the letter can be read below, and is also available here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Caucus Honors Rev. Finley Schaef, with Concerned Clergy for Choice and Family Planning Advocates

On Tuesday, June 2nd, Caucus members recognized the work of Rev. Finley Schaef, a pioneering champion of women's reproductive health. Rev. Schaef discussed his groundbreaking work to convene the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion in 1966, and was honored on the floor of the Assembly.

Rev. Schaef receiving recognition from BPCLC members

Rev. Schaef

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee honors Rev. Schaef on floor of the Assembly

Rev. Schaef with members of Concerned Clergy for Choice

Monday, May 4, 2015

Caucus Members Out In Force for FPA Day of Action

On Monday, May 4th, BPCLC members joined Family Planning Advocates of NYS and supporters to push for action on issues of concern for New York women and families.

Sen. Liz Krueger speaks to advocates

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Sen. George Latimer

Sen. Krueger

Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spotlight on "Fetal Homicide" Laws

On Monday, April 30th, 33-year-old Purvi Patel was sentenced by an Indiana court to 20 years in prison on charges of feticide and neglect of a dependent. She is the second woman to be charged with feticide in Indiana, and the first to be convicted.

According to Ms. Patel, she had a miscarriage in which she delivered a stillborn fetus. Suffering from heavy bleeding, she went to the emergency room, where doctors notified the police. Prosecutors alleged that she took abortion medication ordered online, then gave birth to a live fetus that subsequently died as a result of her actions.  However, a toxicologist at her trial testified that there was no trace of the medication in her bloodstream, and there was conflicting testimony as to whether or not the fetus was born alive. One of the pathologists testifying for the prosecution used a “lung float test” to determine the fetus was viable, a test that dates from the 17th century and has long been discredited.