From NARAL Pro-Choice New York
Today, we applaud the New York State Assembly Health Committee for standing up for the health and rights of all New Yorkers by passing the Reproductive Health Act out of committee!
On Tuesday we told you that the Assembly Health Committee would vote on A7841/Katz, an insidious bill to defund Planned Parenthood in New York State. You were outraged, you wrote emails, and you asked your Assemblymembers to take a bold stand against that bill. Following your quick action, the bill was pulled from the committee agenda and will not come up for a vote, leaving this extreme anti-choice bill to languish. Thank you!
With the anti-choice Katz bill out of the way, the Assembly Health Committee focused its efforts today on advancing the Reproductive Health Act, sending a strong pro-choice message: In the face of extreme anti-choice attacks in Congress and statehouses across the country, New York will continue to defend women's health and rights by passing proactive, pro-choice legislation.
Clearing the Assembly Health Committee was a first, crucial hurdle. Now it's time for both houses of the legislature to pass the Reproductive Health Act once and for all.
This important pro-choice bill will update New York's reproductive-health law, which has been unchanged for the past 40 years. It will help ensure that all women in New York are able to access safe, legal reproductive-health care and that no woman has to leave the state in order to receive abortion care.
As states across the country succumb to anti-choice grandstanding and ideological attacks on contraception, abortion rights, and basic women's health care, this is a critical chance for New Yorkers to stand up and say: "Not in our state!"