In 2019 and on the anniversary of Roe v Wade, New York enacted the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) in New York decriminalizing and safeguarding abortion and ensuring greater access to reproductive health care.
In the face of the Trump-Pence administration’s attacks on abortion rights and access, it is more important than ever for advocates, legislators, and governors to push forward bold, proactive policies that will protect and expand access to reproductive health, rights, and justice — including abortion care.
About the RHA
New York’s RHA is an example of bold legislation designed to ensure women have the health care they need and providers can meet the needs of their patients without political interference. The RHA accomplished three main things:
- New York State now treats abortion as health care, not a criminal act. Before the RHA, New York regulated abortion in the criminal code as an exception to the homicide law, and was one of only seven states that criminalized self-managed abortion. No other medical procedure is regulated as a crime, and abortion should be no different.
- The RHA ensures that qualified health care providers can provide safe abortion care without fear of punishment.
- Providers can now provide abortion throughout a pregnancy if a woman’s health or life is in danger, or if a fetus is not viable.
The RHA was the first proactive policy to pass in 2019, and it ignited progress across the country, as eight more states enacted protections for abortion rights and access.
For more information:
- Get all your questions answered about what the RHA really does.
- Hear directly from the women and families who have experienced later abortion care.
- Read more about Erika Christensen’s experience of traveling across the country for the abortion care she needed.
- Get the facts from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology about how abortion care later in pregnancy is important to women’s health.