Reproductive Health ActAnnie Zegers2019-01-03T22:21:49+00:00
It’s time for New York to pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA).
In the nearly 50 years since New York lawmakers legalized abortion in the state, never has the ability to access abortion faced such threat and uncertainty as it does right now. That’s why it’s imperative that Albany pass the RHA — the critical first step toward ensuring that abortion remains legal and accessible to all New Yorkers.
New York is often called a progressive leader, however, its abortion laws were enacted prior to Roe v. Wade. They still regulate abortion as a crime, rather than a medical procedure, and maintain a Civil War-era prohibition on self-managed abortion that make women vulnerable to prosecution.
By passing the RHA, New York can help shine a light on the need for proactive measures that safeguard reproductive freedom by recognizing that abortion access is a fundamental component of every person’s health, bodily autonomy, privacy, and equality — and to encourage other states to pick up the mantle.