New York

For more than 40 years, NIRH has operated within New York state and its many cities as an advocate to expand reproductive freedom in the legislature and city halls across the state. In 2022, building on its successes passing the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act, NIRH will advocate for legislation to codify robust requirements for full coverage of abortion care at no-pay, as well as to institute a voluntary state abortion access fund created through a donation option in state tax returns. In New York City, NIRH will also continue to work to maintain municipal funding for abortion that was in the FY 20 and 21 budgets.   To expand access to care for those who had been recently pregnant, NIRH will advocate for expanded Medicaid coverage up to twelve months postpartum, regardless of how the pregnancy ended. Additionally, NIRH’s budget advocacy will include continued funding for the Maternal Mortality Review Board and Safe Motherhood Initiative to sustain progress in maternal healthcare outcomes.