New York passed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) on January 22, 2019, the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, after 11 years of advocacy by NIRH and our allies. The 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. Read more about the campaign to pass the RHA.
Following the successful passage of this landmark legislation, opponents of abortion access began spreading lies and misinformation about the law in an effort to push their anti-abortion agenda and halt similar progress in other states.
In response to the web of misinformation spun by those who would like to see abortion criminalized, NIRH launched an aggressive ad campaign in Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC to set the record straight on the RHA and other proactive legislation.
After Trump spread vicious misinformation about New York’s RHA during the 2019 State of the Union address, we struck back with ads reminding viewers that Trump’s true agenda is to overturn Roe v. Wade, push abortion out of reach, and make abortion a crime.
The next ad set emphasized that laws that protect abortion access help women and families, like patient-advocates Erika Christensen and Garin Marshall, who were forced to travel out of state to access abortion care after getting a fatal fetal diagnosis.
Finally, we emphasized that given the federal attempts to criminalize abortion, the time to protect abortion access is now — by passing proactive policies like the Reproductive Health Act.