Planned Parenthood CEO Applauds Late-Night NYS Senate Passage of “Protections” Act
Hoyt Bill Would Stiffen Penalties for Attacks on Health Care Workers
(September 11, 2009-Buffalo, NY)—In a Thursday night vote that showed bi-partisan support, the “Protections for Reproductive Health Care Act” (or the "Protections" Act-A.8924/S.06112) passed the New York State Senate in a 36-19 vote (preliminary).
“Health care workers who provide vital services to women and men in our community shouldn’t fear violence just to do their jobs. Assembly Member Sam Hoyt understands the tireless work performed by the staff and volunteers of Planned Parenthood and similar local community based health care organizations; that is why he authored this bill and continues a long-history of championing safe and legal access to a full range reproductive health care. The Senate’s passage was the last step before we look to Governor Paterson for his signature.”
The “Protections” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, enhances penalties for anyone who causes injury to reproductive health care providers, staff, volunteers or patients while violating New York’s clinic access law.
In 1998, Buffalo area OB-GYN Dr. Barnett A. Slepian was murdered in his home by anti-abortion activist James Kopp. In late May 2009, OB-GYN Dr. George Tiller, was murdered in Wichita, Kansas while attending church services. His accused killer is in custody and awaiting trial.
Planned Parenthood of Western New York provides reproductive and family healthcare, promotes responsible and healthy sexuality, and protects choice. It has 6 health centers in the Western New York region, one teen after-school education center and a 36 foot mobile health care unit. It serves over 10,000 women and men with reproductive health care each year. Its Niagara County pediatric practice serves 3,500 children with primary care each year.
Amy White, Director of Marketing & Communications
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September 11, 2009