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We Did It!

On January 22nd, 2019 the New York State Legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law.

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Elections Matter. Advocacy Matters. Patient Stories Matter.

 
 

The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) is a bill that decriminalized abortion in New York State and brought the state’s regulation of abortion in line with Roe v Wade. A broad coalition of pro-choice legislators, advocacy organizations, and grassroots activists worked on the bill for years. While many obstacles to abortion access still exist, the RHA is a major step toward a future where every patient can get the care they need.

To find out more about the bill and what it does, head on over to our info site, TalkLikeAPro.com

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What’s Next?

There's more to do to ensure New Yorkers can access care and that
No Patient is Left Behind!

  • NO PROSECUTIONS: we must ensure no person is prosecuted for the outcome of their pregnancy

  • NO PARENTS: minors need access to abortion care without parental consent

  • NO PERSONHOOD: fetal personhood laws separate pregnant people from their rights and their autonomy

  • NO MATERNAL MORTALITY: maternal mortality is a public health crisis, especially among black women, and we need to fix it

  • NO LIMITS: there should be no gestational limits restricting access to abortion care, there is always someone on the other side of the line

  • NO REASONS: why a person seeks an abortion, at any point, is none of our business, and should not be the basis for a restriction

  • NO PATIENT LEFT BEHIND: everybody should be able to access and afford the abortion they want, when they want it, for any reason

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Think this is Radical?

You have some reading to do:

 
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The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino:

How Abortion Law in New York Will Change,

and How It Won’t

The Reproductive Health Act will remove barriers for women seeking to get abortions in New York. But some wish it could have gone further.

 
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The New York Times Editorial Board:

A Woman’s Right (Series)

More and more laws are treating a fetus as
a person, and a woman as less of one,
as states charge pregnant women with crimes...