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

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.

Vertical gardens pop up in Niagara Falls to promote healthy eating, access to fresh produce

June 28, 2019 • WGRZ

The Tower Gardens are also popping up in senior and community centers in Niagara Falls, and at libraries. Most recently, they added a vertical garden to The Connection, a youth center on Main Street.

The Connection's chef uses the greens and other veggies grown in the healthy meals the center serves to kids each day.

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

Letter: Parker’s opinion piece contained misinformation

June 27, 2019 • The Buffalo News

At Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, the health and safety of patients is the top priority. Planned Parenthood works hard every day to ensure that every patient receives the high-quality health care they need in a safe and respectful environment – including abortion. We cannot, and should not, go back to a time when women were forced into dangerous back alley abortions.

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

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.