New York Repro Freedom Day of Action
With reproductive health and rights under an unprecedented attack nationally, we must secure and expand reproductive freedom in New York state.

Join the National Institute for Reproductive Health and Physicians for Reproductive Health for the New York Repro Freedom Day of Action on Wednesday, May 30, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the New York State Capitol in Albany!

What We’re Fighting For

Access to Abortion

With reproductive rights under an unprecedented attack nationally, the Reproductive Health Act (S.2796) will secure and protect access to abortion in New York

Treat abortion as health care, not a criminal act
Abortion is health care — not a crime. Our laws must allow women and their health care providers to make decisions free from criminal sanctions. The RHA clearly repeals outdated and unconstitutional criminal prohibitions on abortion, and moves the regulation of abortion out of the penal code and into the public health law where it belongs.

Strengthen and update New York state law and bring it in line with the standard of Roe v. Wade
When New York legalized abortion in 1970, it led the nation in protecting women’s rights and health. But without updating the law for over 40 years, New Yorkers’ rights are now in a precarious position. Because our current law does not explicitly allow for constitutionally protected care late in pregnancy when a women’s health is at risk or a fetus is not viable, critically ill pregnant patients are forced to leave the state in order to get the care they need.

Protect health care providers who perform these vital services
The RHA ensures that qualified health care providers, including Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs) like nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants can provide abortion services within their expertise and training. The 1970 abortion law only references doctors as providing abortion care because the practice of medicine was limited to doctors at the time. Almost 50 years later, the medical field has changed dramatically and we seek care from different types of modern medical professionals.

Access to Contraception

The new federal administration intends to repeal the Affordable Care Act and end coverage for contraception without a copay. Access to contraceptive services is essential to women’s health and equality. The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (S.3668) is a way for New York to enshrine the advances of the Affordable Care Act in New York state law, so our residents have access to affordable contraception regardless of what happens to the ACA.

Insurance coverage for all forms of contraception
Under current law, all insurers must cover at least one contraceptive method from each of the 18 distinct categories recognized by the FDA. The CCCA will require health insurance policies to cover at no co-pay all FDA approved contraceptive drugs, devices and products. That means that All New Yorkers- regardless of their gender – will be able to access the contraceptive method best suited for their health.

Access to 12 months of contraception
The average woman spends about three decades — more than three-quarters of their reproductive life — trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy. Research has shown that having a year’s supply of contraception on hand reduces a woman’s odds of an unintended pregnancy by 30%. In New York, insurance plans only allow woman one, or sometimes three, months of birth control, which means multiple trips to the pharmacy for refills, increasing the risk of unintended pregnancy. For some women, especially those in more rural areas, this is a dangerous burden that can interrupt consistent use of contraception.

Insurance coverage for over-the-counter emergency contraception (EC)
The CCCA will allow pharmacists to fill a non-patient-specific prescription for EC, similar to how flu shots and the shingles vaccine are provided. Currently, insurance companies will only cover EC if the consumer visits a healthcare provider, receives a prescription, and then fills it at a pharmacy. For women who cannot afford to pay out of pocket for EC, this wastes precious time and puts them at greater risk of unintended pregnancy.

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