Issues

    Reproductive Rights

    The Reproductive Health Act (A. 6112/ S. 2844/ S.2524) is a New York State bill that would guarantee a woman can make her own personal, private health care decisions, especially when her health is endangered.  

    Seven out of 10 New York voters – across religious and party lines – support passage of the Reproductive Health Act.  
     
    What does the bill do? The Reproductive Health Act: 
    • Guarantees a woman can make her own personal, private health care decisions, especially when her health is endangered.
    • Treats the regulation of abortion as an issue of public health and medical practice rather than as a potential crime.
    • Affirms New Yorkers’ right to use (or refuse) contraception, regardless of what politicians in Congress decide.
    The Reproductive Health Act is a common sense measure that represents New Yorkers’ values when it comes to a woman’s decisions about her health care.
     
    Comprehensive Sex Education
    Seventy-seven (77) percent of New Yorkers support teaching comprehensive sex education in the state’s public schools. Comprehensive sex education is what parents say they want, students say they need, and science says works. 
     
    Research shows that comprehensive sex education helps to delay the onset of intercourse; reduce the frequency of intercourse; increase condom and contraception use; and decrease the number of sexual partners of program participants. 
     
    Support for Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading women’s health care advocates and providers, and a trusted source of primary and preventive care for women, men, and teens in communities across the United States. The facts are:

    • One in five American women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in her life for professional, non-judgmental, and confidential care. Three million women, men, and teens are served in Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide every year.
    • More than 90 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood health centers provide is preventive.
    • In 2011, Planned Parenthood health centers provided nearly one million Pap smears, nearly 2.5 million patients’ birth control, 830,000 breast exams, prenatal care, and nearly four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections (including HIV).
    • Planned Parenthood health centers’ federal funding helps cover the costs of basic and preventive health care, including cancer screenings, birth control, family planning visits, annual exams, testing for HIV and other STIs, and other basic care.
    • Seventy-three percent of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas. Planned Parenthood health centers provide primary and preventive health care to many who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. According to the Guttmacher Institute, six in 10 patients who receive care at a family planning health center like Planned Parenthood consider it their main source of health care.
    • Planned Parenthood works every day to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy.
    • Nearly 1.2 million teens and adults receive medically accurate sex education from Planned Parenthood affiliates each year.
    • Planned Parenthood websites receive more than 30 million visits from around the world every year for services, information, and opportunities for involvement.
    • Investing in preventive care saves taxpayers money.


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