FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2018
Contact: Stephanie Reichin
Statement from National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund President, Andrea Miller
NEW YORK – The New York State Senate released its budget late last night, dropping the provisions for reproductive health care that were part of the Assembly and the Governor’s budgets. In his Executive Budget, the Governor included several reproductive freedom advances, such as decriminalizing abortion in New York law, the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) which would ensure affordable contraception, and provisions for statewide sexuality education and studying maternal mortality. The Assembly yesterday voted to pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) which would together safeguard and decriminalize abortion in New York, and ensure affordable contraception for New Yorkers. The Assembly also included both bills in their one-house budget.
Despite all this, the New York State Senate chose to thrust the state backwards by failing to include these popular and forward-thinking provisions in its budget, showing this issue is not a priority.
In the face of ongoing federal attacks, it is more important than ever that New York stands up to protect reproductive freedom and we applaud the State Assembly for continuing to do so. The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) condemns the actions of the State Senate and strongly urges them to include the Women’s Health Agenda, which would finally secure a woman’s fundamental right to an abortion regardless of what happens in Congress or at the Supreme Court.
“Once again, the Assembly has stood up for the needs of New Yorkers in the face of unprecedented attacks on reproductive freedom from the federal government. The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) will decriminalize abortion in New York, and update our nearly 50-year-old abortion law which sends women out of state to seek abortion care and criminalizes abortion. The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) will ensure access to no-copay contraception and improved availability of emergency contraception,” said Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and NIRH Action Fund. “Meanwhile, The New York State Senate has chosen to push the state backwards by failing to include the Women’s Health Package from the state budget, making it more difficult for a woman to control her future. We urge the State Senate to reverse this thinking and ensure all people, regardless of economic status, have access to a full range of reproductive health care.”
As the federal government works to overturn Roe v. Wade, dismantle access to affordable health care, defund Planned Parenthood, reverse the Affordable Care Act’s birth control insurance coverage mandate, and deny federal family planning funds to facilities that provide abortion, state and local legislative action to safeguard access to reproductive health care is increasingly critical. The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) continues to counter these federal attempts to roll back women’s rights through proactive policy work in New York and across the country.
The NIRH Action Fund is a 501(c)4 that does non-partisan issue advocacy and electoral engagement to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice in states and cities across the country. Just as NIRH invests in localities and states, the NIRH Action Fund is interested in building political power at the local and state level to advance reproductive freedom.