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ALBANY, NY, Monday, January 20, 2014 – PRESS ADVISORY

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHAT: At Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood’s (UHPP) Roe v. Wade Celebration, Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy will receive UHPP’s annual Advocate for Choice award. A longtime Planned Parenthood supporter, Fahy declared herself a pro-choice candidate and eloquently made the case for comprehensive sex education and access to affordable, high quality reproductive health services, including abortion.  

WHERE:The Corning Tower Observation Deck, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

BACKGROUND: Nearly 100 guests, including local and state legislative leaders, clergy, healthcare and women’s health advocates will attend this annual celebration. The UHPP Advocate for Choice award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary leadership for reproductive freedom and choice.

After taking office, Assemblymember Fahy joined the New York State Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus and co-sponsored the Women’s Equality Act (WEA). She repeatedly spoke out in support of WEA and educated her constituents about the bill and its impact. She also joined fellow female Assemblymembers in a successful push to pass all ten points in the Assembly while calling on the New York State Senate to join her.

UHPP President/CEO Chelly Hegan said, “Assemblymember Fahy’s courageous support for women’s health is making a difference in women’s lives, and we are delighted to recognize her leadership.”


Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization serving Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer counties. Each year, nearly 10,000 patients make nearly than 15,000 visits to UHPP’s health centers in Albany, Hudson and Troy. UHPP offers a wide range of reproductive health services, including annual GYN exams, PAP tests, breast exams and self-exam instruction, colposcopy, cryosurgery, STI testing and treatment, birth control information and supplies, Emergency Contraception, pregnancy testing, first trimester, and referrals for adoption and prenatal care. UHPP provides more than 500 annual Education sessions and advocates for high quality reproductive healthcare.

Past UHPP Advocate for Choice award recipients are NYS Senator Neil Breslin; Ronald Canestrari, who then served as a NYS Assemblymember; David Patterson, when he served as NYS Senate Minority Leader; Albany Medical Center’s Students for Choice; Shirley Gordon, former Executive Director of Family Planning Advocates of New York State; NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli; Denise King, then Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee; Denise O’Donnell, who now serves as Director of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance; the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Rights Project; and Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, Director of Family Planning Advocates of New York State’s Clergy for Choice.


Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Inc.


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