The agenda below describes our advocacy priorities in 2013 at the state level.
Pass the Women's Equality Act
New York has long served as a model for equality and fairness on several issues including women’s rights. At the 2013 State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo announced plans to advance a 10-Point Women’s Equality Act that will break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender. Learn more about the protections afforded by the Women's Equality Act
Funding for Family Planning Providers
New York State has long recognized that family planning health care funding saves women’s lives and is an investment that pays off for the state in the long run. In fact, for every $1 invested in family planning, nearly $4 in Medicaid costs is saved.
In order to maintain the level of essential health care services that New York family planning patients rely on and for New York State to realize the long-term cost savings of the family planning grant program, the state needs to fill the family planning funding gap caused by federal cuts. State funding enables family planning health centers to provide life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, breast health services, pap tests, and sexual health education, information and health counseling.
NYS Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus
The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade this year (Jan. 22, 2013) is an opportunity to recognize the need for continued access to safe and legal abortion for a woman if and when she needs to consider it. Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman. Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family, and her faith with the counsel of her health care provider.
Members of the Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC) support one another in ensuring that New York remains a national leader in protecting and promoting a woman’s access to safe, legal abortion, contraception and the full range of reproductive health care and stops any attempt to restrict access to comprehensive reproductive health care in our state.