Senate Bill S9078

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Enacts the reproductive freedom and equity program

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2021-S9078 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 25-A §2599-bb-1, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2023-2024 Legislative Session:
S348, A361

2021-S9078 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the reproductive freedom and equity program to ensure access to abortion care in the state by providing funding to abortion providers and non-profit organizations whose primary function is to facilitate access to abortion care.

2021-S9078 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2021-S9078 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                             I N  S E N A T E
                                May 9, 2022
 Introduced  by  Sen.  CLEARE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
 AN ACT to amend the public health  law,  in  relation  to  enacting  the
   reproductive freedom and equity program

   Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
 the "reproductive freedom and equity program".
   § 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds:
   1.  Abortion  is  essential  health  care  and integral to the overall
 health and wellbeing of individuals.
   2. In 1970, New York legalized abortion,  three  years  prior  to  the
 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which enumerated a constitutional
 right to abortion care.
   3.  On  January  22,  2019,  the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court
 Decision Roe v. Wade, New York modernized our state law to be consistent
 with the holdings of Roe v. Wade, articulating in that every  individual
 has a fundamental right to abortion.
   4. Despite a constitutional and state right to abortion care, barriers
 exist  that challenge an individual's ability to exercise their right to
   5. Individuals seeking abortion care can often experience obstacles to
 obtaining an abortion, whether that is an inability to afford  the  cost
 of  care, the distance one must travel, the costs associated with travel
 including transportation needs, childcare, lodging, lost wages and more.
   6. Barriers to  care  are  often  intensified  for  immigrants,  young
 people, people with disabilities and those living in rural areas.
   7. If the United States Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, access to
 care  across the country will dramatically shift with people in at least
 26 states - 36,000,000 women and individuals with the capacity to become
 pregnant - losing access to care.
   8. It is estimated that in the wake of state bans on  abortion  across
 the  country, New York would be the nearest provider of care for 190,000
 to 280,000 more women of reproductive age.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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