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Attorney General Clarifies Primacy of Roe Over Outdated NY Abortion Law

New York - State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a legal opinion clarifying that the outdated New York State penal law cannot criminalize abortion in cases when women are guaranteed that right through the Constitution.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New York was a pioneer in women’s health and legalized abortion before Roe v. Wade, but now our law is outdated.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.

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.