Albany - Today more than 1,500 reproductive rights advocates, patients, and supporters from around the state met in Albany for the Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts Annual Day of Action. They advocated for greater protections for reproductive rights and contraceptive access here in New York State while Congress continues their assault on women’s health on the national level.
The BPCLC maintains that New York State must be a bold leader, not just by defending the status quo, but by raising the bar on access to reproductive health care. The Senate must pass the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, already passed by the Assembly, and protect the vital services Planned Parenthood provides, so that all New Yorkers can have the freedom to make responsible decisions for themselves and their families.
Special guests at the event included Governor Andrew Cuomo, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Democratic Conference Leader and BPCLC Co-Chair Andrea Stewart-Cousins, BPCLC Co-Chair Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and many BPCLC members.
Co-Chair Assm. Ellen Jaffee and BPCLC members
From L to R: Assms Seawright, Barrett, Bronson, Skoufis, Woerner, Buchwald, Mayer, Fahy, Senators Kennedy, Hoylman, Assms Gottfried, Brindisi, and Lavine
Over 1,500 people attended the Day of Action
BPCLC Co-Chair Sen. Liz Krueger, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and NYS Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon