Measures to Protect Access to Reproductive Healthcare Pass Senate

The New York State Senate passed legislation protecting the rights of individuals seeking abortion care or gender-affirming care in New York State. The package of legislation includes measures to further protect the identities of those seeking safe and legal reproductive healthcare. New protections for abortion providers include certain legal protections for New York-based abortion service providers. The legislation continues the Senate Majority’s work to expand New Yorkers' reproductive rights including the passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA). This “legislative package ensures that New York State will remain a safe haven for any person seeking abortion healthcare.” Read the Senate Majority Press Release.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “The leaked Supreme Court opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade sent shockwaves throughout the nation. Taking away the right to safe and legal abortion care will harm women’s health and relegate women to second-class citizens with no right to bodily autonomy. Since gaining the Senate Majority in 2019, the Democratic Majority has been actively working to safeguard the reproductive rights of New Yorkers, and we will once again lead the way to guarantee reproductive rights and protect New York women from harmful policies implemented around the country. Thank you to the bill sponsors and Senator Cordell Cleare, Chair of the Senate Committee on Women’s Issues, for your work to ensure that New York remains a beacon for women’s right to choose and that no person seeking reproductive health care in this state or nation is left in the shadows.”

Senator Cordell Cleare, bill sponsor and Chair of the Senate Committee on Women’s Issues, said, “As Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee—I am very proud that today, our Conference takes a number of proactive steps to ensure that we protect the fundamental human rights of health, safety and choice as it relates to reproductive health care.  This is only a first step and there is so much more to be done  to ensure that New York is a safe haven for equity, justice and equal rights and outcomes.”

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