85 years of experience as a provider of community-based health care, education and training makes PPMHV a strong and respected advocate for sexual and reproductive health issues. While the New York State legislative session runs from January to June, we never stop working so that our state's public policy protects our access to reproductive health care and keeps New Yorkers healthy.
- Title X Family Planning Funding: Established in 1970, the Title X program provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care to people with low incomes. Unfortunately, the Trump-Pence administration has issued a “gag rule” that bans doctors in the Title X program from telling women how they can safely and legally access abortion. Blocking patients who rely on Title X from coming to Planned Parenthood health centers could mean people have nowhere to go for birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and even general wellness exams. Learn more here.
- Reproductive Health Act (A 21 Glick/S 240 Krueger): Preserves access to safe, legal abortion. Passed by the Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 22, 2019. Learn more about the RHA here.
- Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs): Anti-abortion pregnancy centers masquerade as full-service health centers promising customers services including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and unbiased counseling. Anecdotal evidence suggests their main purpose is to persuade women not to seek abortion care. PPMHV supports legislation supporting a study of CPCs in our state to understand how they function and affect reproductive health care.
Access to Contraceptives and Preventive Care
- Protect funding for family planning and reproductive health care services. Learn more about Title X here.
- Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (A 585-A Cahill/S 659-A Salazar: Strengthen contraceptive access through insurance. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 22, 2019.
- The Boss Bill (A 584 Jaffee/S 660 Metzger): Prevents employers from retaliating against employees based on their personal reproductive health care decisions. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 22, 2019.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)
- The inclusion of comprehensive, medically accurate, culturally, age and developmentally appropriate sexuality education (CSE) in publicly funded K-12 schools statewide.
Immigration and Health Care
- Essential Plan for All: PPMHV supports a state-funded Essential Plan program for immigrants whose status makes them ineligible for other state and federally-funded coverage. Everyone's health depends on access to health care and coverage.
- Jose Peralta NYS DREAM Act (A 782 De La Rosa/S 1250 Sepulveda: Allow undocumented immigrants in New York to apply for state college tuition assistance. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 23, 2019.
LGBQ + TGNC Rights and Inclusive Care
- GENDA (A 747 Gottfried/S 1047 Hoylman): Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly on January 15, 2019 and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 25, 2019.
- Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die giving birth than their white counterparts.
- Maternal Mortality Review Board: PPMHV supports a Maternal Mortality Review Board to review every maternal death that takes place in the state and to develop strategies aimed at preventing maternal deaths and complications in the future is a step forward.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Individuals
- Protection for Pregnant Inmates: Codify in New York State law the prohibition against the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates and a critical reform measure designed to protect the health and safety of pregnant women while they are incarcerated.
- Menstrual Equity (A 164, A 305, A 290, A 686 Rosenthal): PPESA supports a series of bills to improve access to free menstrual products for incarcerated women, women in temporary housing, and youth as well as transparency in the makeup of these products.
Sexual Assault Justice
- Child Victims Act: Extend by five years the criminal statute of limitations for sexual crimes committed against minors, allowing survivors more time to process and disclose. It would also extend the statute of limitations for civil actions until the victim turns 50 and open a window for the civil and criminal prosecution of cases that have already passed the current statute of limitations.
- Voting Rights (A780 Lavine/S1102 Myrie; A775 Dinowitz/S1099 Carlucci; A778 Vanel/S871 Comrie/S1049 Comrie; A777 Carroll/S1048 Gianaris; A774 Lavine/S1100 Carlucci; A779 Lavine/S1103 Stewart-Cousins): A participatory democracy creates a better government for all New Yorkers. To increase voter participation, New York must make voting more accessible. All bills listed have passed both houses on January 14, 2019, including early voting, registration portability, and pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds. In addition, New York has taken the first step in same-day voter registration and mail-in voting. Voting reforms yet to pass include early voting, automatic voting registration, flexibility to change party affiliation, electronic poll books, and restoring voting rights to people on parole.