Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Responds to Dangerous Supreme Court Decision by Increasing Access to Abortion Services
For Immediate Release: June 24, 2022 (Updated: June 24, 2022, 3:05 p.m.)
Abortion remains safe, legal, and accessible at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York health centers and abortion clinics across New York State;
PPGNY increases abortion appointment availability by 20%;
New Abortion Patient Navigator to connect in- and out-of-state patients to PPGNY abortion services.
Contact: Jacquelyn Marrero, [email protected], 646-642-6682
NEW YORK - Today, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) announced it has increased abortion appointment availability at all 23 health centers by 20%, in direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s dangerous decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. By offering additional abortion appointments, PPGNY strives to decrease appointment wait times and maximize resources to care for more New Yorkers and people traveling across state borders to seek compassionate, nonjudgmental abortion services.
With more than 36 million people across the country at risk of losing access to abortion, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York will take additional critical steps toward enhancing abortion services, including:
Designating an Abortion Patient Navigator to assist people who need to travel to New York from abortion-hostile states like Mississippi, Texas, and Oklahoma, as well as many more states as a result of today’s Supreme Court decision. PPGNY’s Abortion Patient Navigator will be on hand to facilitate travel, lodging, and secure funding on behalf of patients.
Increasing Telehealth Medication Abortion to give people in the early stage of pregnancy the option to safely self-manage their abortion under the guidance of PPGNY’s expert clinicians. Through telehealth medication abortion, a patient receives a virtual evaluation before picking up their abortion pills at the nearest PPGNY health center. Telehealth Medication Abortion services will be available at PPGNY starting this summer and will also be available for follow-up appointments.
Expanding Abortion Services in the Southern Tier to mitigate unnecessary delays for people traveling to New York. Abortion is time sensitive. By expanding services to include second-trimester abortion at health centers in Ithaca and Corning, PPGNY will continue to play a critical role in lessening the emotional and financial toll on people who are unable to get the care they need and deserve in their home state.
Up to 26 states are prepared to flip the switch on abortion rights, making this life-saving health care out of reach for people who already struggle financially to access affordable health care. The consequences of abortion bans fall largely on people who already face the greatest barriers to health care due to this country’s legacy of racism and discrimination, including Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities, people with low incomes, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, and people living in rural areas.
Thanks to the New York Reproductive Health Act of 2019, abortion remains safe, legal, and accessible at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York health centers and abortion clinics across New York State.
Statement by Joy D. Calloway, Interim President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York:
“Banning abortion does not take away people’s need to access abortion. We believe all people — no matter where they live — should have the right to control their own bodies, lives, and futures. It is unacceptable that people in some states have been robbed of that right, forced to overcome unjust barriers to access the abortion care they need and deserve.
While the court’s decision is devastating, we have been preparing for this day. At Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to all New Yorkers and people across the country in states hostile toward health care – and abortion is health care. When it comes to your body, your life, and your future – your personal decisions should be the only ones that matter.”
Visit www.ppgreaterny.org to view real-time appointment availability at most PPGNY health centers or call 800-230-PLAN to connect with a patient navigator.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is a leading provider, educator, and advocate of sexual and reproductive health care in New York State. PPGNY offers a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services at its 23 health centers across 65% of New York State. PPGNY is a trusted source of medically accurate, evidence-based information that allows people to make informed decisions about their health and future. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPGNY supports legislation and policies that ensure all New Yorkers have access to the full range of reproductive health services and education.