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

About 150 brave bitter cold for 2020 Women’s March in Syracuse

Jan. 18, 2020 • syracuse.com

The mission of the Women’s March is to use the political power of women to spark social change, according to the march’s website.

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

Women's Rights Movement Continues To March Forward in 2020

Jan. 16, 2020 • Spectrum News

Just days away from the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the local chapter of the National Organization for Women held their annual celebration of the landmark Supreme Court decision Thursday night...

“It will actually put us on true Constitutional footing, to say that women are equal with men for equal pay, and a variety of other things that are currently not equal in our country,” CEO for Planned Parenthood in Western and Central New York Michelle Casey said.

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

Period Party: Nottingham’s Girl Up club collects hygiene products for refugees

Dec. 9, 2019 • Eagle News

Each month, thousands of adolescents in the United States and low- and middle-income countries miss school. They’re not playing hooky — they simply don’t have access to basic hygiene supplies such as pads and tampons.

A group of Nottingham High School students is working to end this so-called “period poverty.” Nottingham’s Girl Up Club, in partnership with Planned Parenthood and The Sweet Praxis bakery in downtown Syracuse, held a “Period Party” Dec. 3 to collect pads and tampons for Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) Syracuse.

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

Title X rule change impedes medically accurate counseling between patient, care provider

Sept. 20, 2019 • Democrat and Chronicle

By Debora McDell-Hernandez, Senior Director of Public and Community Affairs

Title X, the Family Planning Grant Program that makes access to affordable preventive care possible for low-income individuals is under attack by the Trump-Pence administration. 

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

Reproductive Health Act energizes abortion foes in Buffalo

Sept. 11, 2019 • WBFO

Debora McDell-Hernandez, senior director of public and community affairs at Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York,  agrees there has been "an increase in reaction to the passing of RHA."

She maintains some of the reaction has been based on false information about what’s in the law. 

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

60+ WNY churches unite to push for repeal of the NYS Reproductive Health Act (RHA)

Sept. 10, 2019 • WKBW

The New York State Reproductive Health Act was signed into law in January 2019 but it still remains controversial.

Supporters of the new law cheered it as a milestone moment for women's healthcare because it updated NYS's abortion laws, allowed more providers to perform abortions, and put the abortion decision into the hands of the woman and her doctor.

"One of the things this did is recognize that abortion is healthcare and not a crime," said Debora McDell-Hernandez from Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.

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

How to Talk About Sexual Assault With Children

Sept. 6, 2019 • Spectrum News

Experts say all survivors respond to sexual assault differently, but there are many resources available to them in Western New York.

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services is a rape crisis program that operates out of five local counties. It offers 24/7 support to survivors of sexual assault.

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

RESTORE representative brings Title IX advocacy to schools

Aug. 29, 2019 • Livingston County News

 With school starting up again in a couple of weeks, it’s important for students to know their rights.

Julia DeLuca, a RESTORE advocate and K-12 education specialist, is the new Title IX advocate for the GLOW region and Monroe County.

As an advocate, DeLuca goes into schools and talks to administration about how they handle cases of sexual assault and sexual misconduct in their schools.

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

What Age Should You Start Taking Birth Control? An Expert Explains

Aug. 1, 2019 • Romper

According to Dr. Rachael Phelps, MD, [former] medical director of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, who spoke at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, while 72% of teens would choose a LARC over other forms of birth control, only 4% currently use one. This means that a large population of teens aren't able to access the safest and most effective birth control available.

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