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Legislative Priorities

Through a reproductive justice lens, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) advocates for policies and legislation that expand access to sexual and reproductive health care and education and advance equity in the communities we serve.

Legislative Priorities

Abortion Equity

All individuals deserve equal access to safe, legal abortion, no matter their identity, background, or ability to afford care. In New York we must ensure that individuals living in, or forced to travel to, the state can safely access abortion care given the ever-changing abortion access landscape.

Access to Contraception and Preventive Care

Equitable access to contraception and preventive care offer a range of benefits. Along with pregnancy prevention, it reduces pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality rates and lessens a person’s risk of developing certain reproductive cancers. Contraception should be accessible, affordable, and covered by insurance.

Equitable Funding for Planned Parenthood

Each year, approximately 200,000 New Yorkers rely on PPGNY for sexual and reproductive health care services, including birth control, gynecological care, HIV testing and prevention, STD testing and treatment, breast and cervical cancer screenings, PrEP, vasectomy, and transgender/non-binary hormone therapy. PPGNY relies on federal, state, and local funding and reimbursement to serve all New Yorkers regardless of insurance, immigration status, or income.

Sexual Health Education

Sexual health education provides young people with tools and resources they need to make healthy, informed decisions about their lives and well-being. Students in New York State need K-12 comprehensive sexuality education that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, culturally responsive, and gender inclusive.

Safe Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities

Despite legal protections, aggressive protester activity is an ongoing challenge for reproductive health centers, sometimes delaying and disrupting a patient’s access to time-sensitive services. We must enforce and strengthen laws to protect an individual’s safe access to reproductive health care facilities.

Immigrant Rights and Health Care

A person’s immigration status should not hinder their access to health care services. We support expanding health insurance coverage to all immigrant New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.

Supporting Equitable Maternal Health Care

Black mothers are 3 to 4 times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy complications than white mothers, due to systemic racism and economic inequity. We advocate for equitable maternal health care that ensures pregnant people are able to give birth in a supportive environment of their choosing and have health coverage to ensure they are able to afford their care. 

Accountability of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Limited Service Pregnancy Centers or Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) continue to use deceptive tactics that mislead New Yorkers and discourage them from seeking licensed medical care. PPGNY advocates for stronger measures to hold CPCs accountable and ensure individuals can safely access care from a trusted provider. 

Building and Improving Access to Telehealth Services

Access to high-speed internet remains a significant barrier to getting telehealth or virtual care. Affordable, reliable and universal telehealth services are vital to address health care access issues and disparities for both urban and rural communities. We support policies to invest in broadband-enabled telehealth services to improve health outcomes and address barriers to accessing necessary care while also reducing costs. 

Support for Youth and Minors Rights

All young people deserve access to safe and confidential health care, including sexual and reproductive health care services at school-based health centers (SBHCs), and in foster care and shelters.

LGBQ + TGNC Rights and Inclusive Care

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers often face barriers to health care, including discrimination, lack of insurance coverage, provider insensitivity, and lack of awareness of available resources. We support efforts to fight discrimination and improve health care access for the LGBQ + TGNC community.

HIV Prevention and Care

Despite New York’s gains in reducing rates of HIV, the HIV/ AIDS epidemic has been concentrated in low-income communities of color. New York needs greater legislative, regulatory, and budgetary resources to improve structural support systems and mitigate systemic HIV disparities.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Individuals

Individuals who are incarcerated and those reintegrating into their communities face disproportionate health care disparities, including inadequate access to sexual and reproductive health care and counseling. This is especially true for individuals from marginalized communities. All people impacted by the carceral system in New York must have access to the health care they need.

Support for Women and Families

Individuals who decide to parent must have the resources needed to raise their family and care for their well-being, including affordable childcare, workplace protections for pregnant and parenting employees, and a fair living wage.

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Ensuring Health Care Access to People with Disabilities

In New York, we must ensure that all individuals can safely access sexual and reproductive health care and information. That includes people with disabilities. Historically, people with disabilities have faced discrimination when navigating health care systems. PPGNY continues to work to provide equitable health care to all and address the harmful legacies of systemic racism, ableism, and all forms of bias, and we support legislation that safeguards access to people with disabilities. 

A Fair Wage for All Workers

Low-wage jobs and the gender pay gap both undermine the well-being of women, their families, and their communities. New Yorkers deserve a fair living wage that allows them to afford health care, education, housing, childcare, transportation and other needs to care for themselves and their families and to shape their own futures. PPGNY supports a fair living wage for all workers, removing the tipped sub-minimum wage, and equal pay for equal work.

Combating Gender-Based Violence

Sexual assault is a matter of public health and safety. PPGNY supports measures to combat sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other gender-based violence to protect all people’s health and well-being.

Criminal Justice Reform

For Black people and other communities of color, there is no real bodily autonomy and reproductive justice unless they have the freedom to live without the constant and overarching fear of persecution and violence. We support investing in community-based solutions, education, health care and public health instead of militarizing police forces, especially when so many other essential services are starved for resources.

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Advancing the Equal Rights Amendment to Combat Discrimination

Currently, New York State’s Constitution is woefully outdated and inadequate in protecting New Yorkers from discrimination and promoting equality. The Constitution fails to protect historically marginalized groups, including individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, immigrants, women, and pregnant people from facing discrimination and successfully proving claims of discrimination. Including an Equal Rights Amendment in the state’s Constitution would broadly prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or sex including pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

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Protecting Patients and Providers

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, New York must ensure that both individuals forced to travel to the state and those living here are protected and that providers can provide the critical care they need without retribution. While New York and localities throughout the state have moved swiftly to pass legislation that protects and expands abortion care, more work needs to be done to protect patients and providers in the ever-changing abortion access landscape.