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What you need to know about the fight for reproductive rights in New York.

WNYers rally against abortion bans

May 21, 2019 • WKBW

Monday’s rally in Buffalo was one of many held across the country. It comes as other states like Alabama are re-working their abortion laws.

Over one hundred Western New Yorkers came to show their disapproval in the Elmwood Village.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Central New Yorkers Rally to "Stop the Ban"

May 21, 2019 • Spectrum News

It's a message from Central New York to lawmakers nationwide.

"Keep your hands, hands, hands off my body," protestors at the “Stop the Ban” rally sang together.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Supporters of abortion rights demonstrate in Rochester

May 21, 2019 • 13WHAM

Dozens of people opposed to abortion bans in other states turned out in Downtown Rochester Tuesday.

The local demonstration of support for abortion rights was one of several held across the country as part of a national organizing effort by Planned Parenthood and other groups.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Pro-choice advocates rally in Rochester against abortion bans

May 21, 2019 • rochesterfirst.com

Pro-choice advocates rallied Tuesday in Rochester against newly imposed abortions bans or restrictions put in place in other states.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Planned Parenthood launches new sex ed chatbot

April 4, 2019 • rochesterfirst.com

Planned Parenthood has released a new sexual health app to help teens get answers to question they might not be normally comfortable asking.

The Roo sexual health chatbot is a first of its kind website that is available 24-7 for teens. It is designed for 13 to 17 year olds but can be used by anyone with questions about sexual and reproductive health.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Restore flags at Main and Ellicott to recognize victims of sexual assault

April 1, 2019 • The Batavian

Hannah Kujawski, education and outreach coordinator for Restore Sexual Assault Services, places a small flag in the ground outside the County Courthouse at Main Street and Ellicott Street, Batavia.

Kujawski and two other people from Restore planted 720 flags in the grass, one each to represent the 720 victims of sexual assault daily in the United States.

Restore, which provides a number of programs to assist the victims of sexual assault, is a service of Planned Parenthood.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

RESTORE marking Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 22, 2019 • County News

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services is widening its reach for the program’s fifth annual region-wide campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Because of the substantial shift in national conversations about supporting survivors, more attention is focused on agencies serving those affected by sexual violence, including RESTORE, a program of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

RESTORE: Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019

March 21, 2019 • Country Courier

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services is widening its reach for the program’s fifth annual region-wide campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Because of the substantial shift in national conversations about supporting survivors, more attention is focused on agencies serving those impacted by sexual violence, including RESTORE—a program of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. In the past year, RESTORE has added staff positions, office space and ways to raise awareness.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of Support Program for Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Abuse

March 19, 2019 • www.governor.ny.gov

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state's domestic and sexual violence hotline is now available to incarcerated individuals throughout the state prison system, providing crisis counseling, as well as access to support, additional counseling and advocacy for individuals who are victims of sexual assault or harassment. With this implementation, New York has the most comprehensive victim support program available to survivors of sexual victimization in any state prison system in the nation. 

Jessica George, PREA Outreach and Education Specialist at RESTORE, said, "Though much work has been done to highlight the problem of sexual assault in our communities, the voices of incarcerated survivors of sexual assault have often been overlooked."

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Press Releases

Dr. Willie J. Parker to join PPCWNY Medical Director Dr. Rachael Phelps to speak at Planned Parenthood Annual Reception

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York (PPCWNY) will host its annual fall reception and VIP Dinner on Tuesday, September 26, featuring Dr. Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, a reproductive justice advocate who is a self-proclaimed Southern Christian Abortion Provider in Alabama and Georgia.

Sept. 7, 2017 • New York