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Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts is the statewide representative for Planned Parenthood. We are on the front lines defending and advancing sexual and reproductive rights and access to care for all New Yorkers.

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Legislative Agenda 2019

2019 Legislative Agenda:

Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts will always advocate for bills essential to our health and well-being. While the New York State legislative session runs from January to June, we never stop working so that our state's public policy protects our access to reproductive health care and keeps New Yorkers healthy. The legislation we support during New York State’s 2019 legislative agenda includes but is not limited to the following. Bill numbers added as bills are introduced.

  • Protect funding for family planning and reproductive health care services.
  • Reproductive Health Act (A 21 Glick/S 240 Krueger): Preserves access to safe, legal abortion. Passed by the Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 22, 2019. Learn more.
  • Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (A 585-A Cahill/S 659-A Salazar: Strengthen contraceptive access through insurance. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 22, 2019.
  • Protection for pregnant inmates (A 5339 Rozic/S 799 Lanza): Codify in New York State law the prohibition against the use of solitary confinement for pregnant inmates. This is a critical reform measure designed to protect the health and safety of pregnant women while they are incarcerated.
  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) (A 6512 Nolan/S 4844 Metzger): The inclusion of comprehensive, medically accurate, culturally, age and developmentally appropriate sexuality education (CSE) in publicly funded K-12 schools statewide.  
  • Maternal Mortality Review Board (A 3276 Joyer/S 1819 Rivera): PPESA supports a Maternal Mortality Review Board to review every maternal death that takes place in the state and to develop strategies aimed at preventing maternal deaths and complications in the future is a step forward. Passed the Assembly and Senate on March 20, 2019.
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC’s) (A 4372 Glick): Anti-abortion pregnancy centers masquerade as full-service health centers promising customers services including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and unbiased counseling. Anecdotal evidence suggests their main purpose is to persuade women not to seek abortion care. PPESA supports legislation supporting a study of CPCs in our state to understand how they function and affect reproductive health care.
  • GENDA (A 747 Gottfried/S 1047 Hoylman): Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly on January 15, 2019 and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 25, 2019. 
  • The Boss Bill (A 584 Jaffee/S 660 Metzger): Prevents employers from retaliating against employees based on their personal reproductive health care decisions. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 22, 2019
  • Essential Plan for All (A 5974 Gottfried/S 3900 Rivera): PPESA supports a state-funded Essential Plan program for immigrants whose status makes them ineligible for other state and federally-funded coverage. Everyone's health depends on access to health care and coverage.
  • Child Victims Act (A 2683 Rosenthal/S2440 Hoylman): Extend by five years the criminal statute of limitations for sexual crimes committed against minors, allowing survivors more time to process and disclose. It would also extend the statute of limitations for civil actions until the victim turns 50 and open a window for the civil and criminal prosecution of cases that have already passed the current statute of limitations. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly on January 28, 2019 and was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on February 14, 2019.
  • Voting Rights: A participatory democracy creates a better government for all New Yorkers. To increase voter participation, New York must make voting more accessible. Voting reforms include early voting, automatic voting registration, flexibility to change party affiliation, electronic poll books, and restoring voting rights to parolees. Bills passed both the Assembly and Senate on January 14, 2019: A780 Lavine/S1102 Myrie; A775 Dinowitz/S1099 Carlucci; A778 Vanel/S871 Comrie/S1049 Comrie; A777 Carroll/S1048 Gianaris; A774 Lavine/S1100 Carlucci; A779 /S1103 Stewart-Cousins. Bills signed by Governor Cuomo on January 24, 2019: A780/S1102; A775/S1099, A774/S1100, A779/S1103.
  • Jose Peralta NYS DREAM Act (A 782 De La Rosa/S 1250 Sepulveda: Allow undocumented immigrants in New York to apply for state college tuition assistance. Passed by the Assembly and Senate on January 23, 2019.
  • Menstrual Equity (A 164, A 305, A 290, A 686 Rosenthal): PPESA supports a series of bills to improve access to free menstrual products for incarcerated women, women in temporary housing, and youth as well as transparency in the makeup of these products. 

Turn Albany PINK for our health care & rights!

Register for New York State's Planned Parenthood Day of Action in Albany on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. YOU are needed to show our statewide support for our reproductive health care and rights.

The Day of Action is FREE and includes:

  • Box lunch
  • Planned Parenthood rally
  • Lobby Training
  • Some transportation may be available for those outside the Capital Region 

You can’t miss this! Register now!