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Call Your NYS Senator in Support of Women’s Reproductive Rights, S2796 and S3668

Thanks to NOW/NYC and Planned Parenthood for their work on this issue.

Background

Given that Roe v Wade, women’s health and women’s reproductive rights are under threat at the federal level, it is important that New York State laws better protect women. Call your State Senator to urge support for two key bills that protect women’s reproductive healthcare rights. Let your Senator know that her co-sponsorship is important as you want these bills pass in this current 2017 legislative session.

The first bill, the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), S3668, would mandate that all state insurers cover any FDA-approved birth control, including IUD’s, Plan B, and male contraceptives — protections now offered by the ACA but not by the proposed AHCA.

The second bill, the long-fought-for Reproductive Health Act (RHA), S2796, is also very important. Under current NYS law, women who need late-term abortions for health reasons must travel out of state; rules regarding late-term abortions are in the PENAL code, not in public health law.

The RHA does the following:

• makes the protections in Roe v. Wade explicit.
• ensures that abortion is accessible in NYS after 24 weeks in cases of non-viability, or where the life or health of the woman is at risk.
• allows advanced practice clinicians to administer abortion care (within the scope of their practice) so rural women do not have to travel for medical care.

Sample Call Script
Hello, I am [name], from [town, zip code]. I am calling to ask Sen. [Serino/Marchione] to support the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) and the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), important bills that protect women’s health and reproductive rights, regardless of federal actions. It is important to me that these bills pass now, in the 2017 legislative session, since we can’t rely on the federal government for protection. The Assembly passed these bills on January 17 — it is important that the Senator co-sponsor these bills today.

Phone Number for Senators Serino and Marchione
State Senator Sue Serino — 518.455.2945
State Senator Kathleen Marchione — 518.455.2381

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