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
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.
Link to the federal register
NY Times editorial in support of the proposed regulatory change