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!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

State Assembly Passes WEA; U.S. House Passes Another Anti-Choice Bill

The House has stooped to a new low – yesterday they passed a bill to effectively eliminate abortion coverage for millions of women. This sweeping bill would permanently codify the Hyde Amendment, now subject to annual approval, to outlaw federal financing of abortions. The bill includes a host of other punishments – like denying tax credits to individuals and small businesses for purchasing health plans that include abortion coverage. The president has already threatened to veto the bill, but it is not expected to pass the Senate.

Here in New York, we must do better by women and their families. The Assembly again passed the Women’s Equality Act and ensured that the federal protections in Roe v. Wade are also guaranteed in New York law. Now it’s up to the Senate to pass the bill and further reproductive equality for women in New York.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January Update: FPA Day of Action, Monday 1/27

Family Planning Advocates of NYS invites all pro-choice legislators to participate in their annual Day of Action on Monday, January 27th, 2014! Pro-choice legislators will be recognized during their program in the Well of the Legislative Office Building from 11:20 am - 12:30 pm. There will also be a legislative reception at 5 pm.

See the invitation below for details!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Thank You, and Keep Fighting!

We are deeply disappointed that reproductive health legislation was not passed by both houses this session.

However, the BPCLC members stood strong for the women of New York – every single one of the pro-choice caucus members in the Assembly voted for the full 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda, including reproductive health.   
BPCLC Members with Cynthia Nixon and NYCLU's
Donna Lieberman at Women's Equality Act Rally


While every BPCLC member in the Senate supported an amendment to attach the reproductive health language to another bill, the Senate came up one vote short and the amendment was defeated. Unfortunately, the Senate majority coalition leaders refused to bring the reproductive health bill to the floor either as part of a 10-point package or as a standalone bill.

While we have been working to protect women’s health, state legislatures across the country are working to pass unconstitutional anti-choice bills – Ohio lawmakers are hijacking their state budget process to launch attacks on reproductive health services and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling a special session to push through the radical anti-abortion bill famously filibustered by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.

BPCLC Members Standing with the 
Women's Equality Coalition in Albany
As national anti-choice forces fight to move us backward wherever they are able, we must continue to fight and move our state's laws into the 21st century. The BPCLC remains firmly committed to putting ALL of Roe v. Wade's protections on the books in New York State law.

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to this effort!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Caucus Statement: Texas, Ohio Latest Symptoms of National Backslide on Women's Rights and Freedoms; Underscores Need for Pro-Choice State Legislators to Organize and Fight Back

Texas, Ohio Latest Symptoms of National Backslide on Women's Rights and Freedoms; Underscores Need for Pro-Choice State Legislators to Organize and Fight Back

New York – The New York State Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus issued the following statement in response to recent developments in Texas and Ohio, and the dramatic increase of anti-woman and anti-choice bills moving in state legislatures across the country:
 
"Ohio lawmakers are hijacking their state budget process to launch attacks on Planned Parenthood and reproductive health services while funneling money into deceptive so-called 'crisis pregnancy centers,' and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling a special session July 1 to push through the radical bill famously filibustered by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) that would put truly extreme restrictions on Texan women's access to abortion and reproductive health services.

"These are just the latest developments in the most dramatic backslide in more than a generation for women's rights and reproductive freedom in this country. In 2012, 19 states enacted at least 43 new provisions to restrict access to abortion services, many of which facially violate the standards established by Roe v. Wade.

"As anti-choice forces fight to move us backward wherever they are able, we must fight back and move our laws into the 21st century everywhere we are able.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

BPCLC Letter to Health and Human Services on No-Cost Contraceptives

BPCLC members recently sent this joint letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, regarding proposed regulations for no-cost access to contraceptives. You can download it here, or view it below! Thanks to all members who signed on.