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
Last updated in 1970 before Roe v. Wade, New York's abortion law falls short of constitutional protections and does not reflect current medical practices. NYCLU just released a new report on the need to update New York State’s abortion laws, Critical Conditions: How New York's Unconstitutional Abortion Law Jeopardizes Women's Health.
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Thank you to Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and all of our Assemblymembers who passed the Reproductive Health Act (A1748 Glick/S2796 Krueger, Stewart-Cousins) and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (A1378 Cahill/S3668 Bonacic). Once again, our Assemblymembers have demonstrated that they understand what’s at stake with an anti-choice Congress and White House that have pledged to repeal the ACA, defund Planned Parenthood, and appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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