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