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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Caucus Members Join Family Planning Advocates of NYS for Annual Day of Action

On Monday, January 26th, BPCLC members joined Family Planning Advocates of New York State for their Annual Day of Action rally in Albany. Caucus members, reproductive health professionals, advocates, and supporters from around the state stood up for reproductive rights for women and their families, including funding for the Family Planning Grant, support for Paid Family Leave, and passage of the Boss Bill and the complete Women’s Equality Agenda.

Senators Squadron, Hoylman, Stewart-Cousins, Stavisky, and Krueger, and Assemblymembers Woerner, Jaffee, Gottfried, and Barrett.
BPCLC members with Family Planning Advocates of New York State in Albany

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Supreme Court to Hear Major Contraceptive Challenges; NARAL Organizing Bus Trip and Rally

This is just too much: for-profit employers who want to deny employees access to basic birth control. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear two challenges to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA guarantees women access to contraceptives with no cost sharing through their private health plans. There is already an exemption for religious groups and an accommodation for other religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations. However, for-profit employers, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga, claim it violates their personal religious beliefs to provide health plans that include contraceptive coverage.

Women should be able to make their own choices about birth control – not their bosses! The dispute centers on facts about birth control that opponents are misrepresenting:

  1. contraception, and emergency contraception, is not the same thing as abortion; 
  2. birth control has positive health benefits for millions of women; 
  3. comprehensive contraceptive coverage improves use; and
  4. contraceptive coverage is not a financial burden.

NARAL Pro-Choice NY will be organizing free bus rides to DC for the rally at the Supreme Court: My Birth Control is Not My Boss’s Business! (buses leave at 4am, 470 Park Ave., bet. 31st & 32nd St). Please feel free to spread the word!

Take Action! Sign onto the “Boss Bill” (S. 6578-A / A. 8769), legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions.

And thanks to all who attended our BPCLC breakfast. The presentation is available here, and feel free to follow up with us if you need more information in specific areas.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pro-Choice Caucus Breakfast, Wednesday 3/5

Remember to join us tomorrow for the BPCLC’s legislative breakfast--Wednesday, March 5th, 8:30am-10am,  Room 315, Senate Democratic Conference Room, Capitol.

Experts will be on hand to discuss pressing reproductive health issues facing New Yorkers today.

In addition, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee would like to extend an invitation to you to stay after the breakfast and join them for a 10am press conference on the “Boss Bill” (S. 6578-A / A8769), legislation banning employers from discriminating against women in the workplace on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions.

We look forward to seeing you!