New York's Reproductive Health Act

Pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA)—guarantee that every 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 RHA.

The Reproductive Health Act would:

  • Guarantee a woman can make her own personal, private health care decisions, especially when her health is endangered.
  • Treat the regulation of abortion as an issue of public health and medical practice rather than as a potential crime.
  • Affirm New Yorkers’ right to use (or refuse) contraception, regardless of what politicians in Congress decide.

You can work with UHPP to ensure the Reproductive Health Act's passage by volunteering. Email info@uhpp.org for more information.

We need to fix a troubling gap in New York’s abortion law. A woman can experience serious health complications at any point during pregnancy. This is a tragic situation, often meaning she has to choose between protecting her health or continuing with a very wanted but risky pregnancy. Current New York law compounds that tragedy when it happens late in pregnancy by making it a potential crime to provide an abortion to protect her health. The Reproductive Health Act will ensure she can get the safe, legal abortion care she needs.

Ever since 1970, when abortion became legal in New York, abortion care has been regulated in the state’s criminal code. Fear of criminal prosecution deters health care providers from offering the best reproductive health care under certain circumstances, often requiring a woman to travel to another state for the safe, legal abortion care she needs. New York needs to remove the regulation of abortion from the criminal law and put it in the public health law where it belongs.

Right now, women’s basic health care is under attack. Last year alone, 1,100 provisions to restrict or ban reproductive health care, including contraception, were introduced across the country. In 1970, New York led the way by giving a woman the right to make her own personal, private health care decisions. By affirming the right to the full range of reproductive health care, including contraception, New York can again lead the way. In passing the Reproductive Health Act, New York will stand up to the attacks on women, prioritize women’s health, and begin to turn the tide against the anti-woman agenda sweeping the country.

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. This is a pro-choice state—New Yorkers overwhelmingly support a woman making her own personal, private health care decisions.

This is not a controversial bill. Seven states have passed bills like the Reproductive Health Act (CA, CT, HI, ME, MD, NV, WA). Here in New York, surveys over the past four years have consistently shown that seven out of 10 New York voters want the Reproductive Health Act to become law. Seventy percent of those who identify as Catholic want the bill passed, as well.

The Reproductive Health Act was introduced in the Senate during the 2009 legislative session (known in 2012 in the Assembly as Bill #A.6112 and in the Senate as Bill #S.2844/S.2524). Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood is working with lawmakers in both houses to ensure this bill becomes law for the benefit of the state’s women and families.  You can help. Email info@uhpp.org to volunteer, or for more information.


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