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Issues We Fight For

Through a reproductive justice lens, Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund advocates for policies and legislation that impact the communities we serve. We fight for these policies on both a city and state level, as well as federal legislative efforts that affect our communities. 

Our Legislative Priorities

Access to Abortion Services

All individuals have the right to obtain a safe, legal abortion, and New York State Medicaid funding of abortion helps individuals who cannot otherwise afford it.

Access to Contraception and Preventive Care

All New Yorkers deserve access to preventive health care, including contraception that is accessible, affordable, and covered by insurance.

Funding for Planned Parenthood

Each year 60,000 New Yorkers rely on PPNYC for care. PPNYC relies on federal, state, and local funding and reimbursement to serve all New Yorkers regardless of insurance, immigration status, or income.

Safe Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities

Despite legal protections, aggressive protester activity is an ongoing challenge for reproductive health centers, sometimes delaying and disrupting patients' access to time-sensitive services. We must enforce and strengthen laws to protect access to reproductive health centers.

Accountability of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) continue to use deceptive tactics that mislead New Yorkers and discourage them from seeking licensed medical care. PPNYC advocates for stronger measures to hold CPCs accountable to New York City’s law.

Support for Youth and Minors Rights

All young people deserve access to safe and confidential health care, including sexual and reproductive health care services at school-based health centers (SBHCs), and in foster care and shelters.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Comprehensive sexuality education provides young people with tools and resources they need to make healthy, informed decisions about their lives and well-being. NYC students need K-12 comprehensive sexuality education that is age appropriate, medically accurate, culturally responsive, and gender inclusive.

LGBQ + TGNC Rights and Inclusive Care

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers often face barriers to health care, including discrimination, lack of insurance, provider insensitivity, and lack of awareness of available resources. We support efforts to fight discrimination and improve health care access for LGBQ + TGNC communities.

HIV Prevention and Care

Despite New York’s gains in reducing rates of HIV, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has concentrated in low-income communities of color. NYC needs greater legislative, regulatory, and budgetary resources to improve structural support systems and mitigate systemic HIV disparities.

Immigrant Rights and Health Care

A person’s immigration status should not hinder their access to health care services. We support expanding health insurance coverage to all immigrant New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.

Sexual & Reproductive Care for Incarcerated Individuals

Women in incarceration face disproportionate health care disparities, including inadequate access to sexual and reproductive health care and counseling. All people incarcerated in New York must have access to the health care they need.

Support for Women and Families

Individuals who decide to parent must have the resources needed to raise their family and care for their well-being, including affordable childcare, workplace protections for pregnant and parenting employees, and a fair living wage.

Fair Wage for All Workers

Low-wage jobs and the gender pay gap undermine the well-being of women, their families, and their communities. Everyone deserves a fair living wage that allows them to afford health care, education, housing, childcare, transportation and other needs. We support a fair living wage for all workers, removing tipped sub-minimum wage, and equal pay for equal work.

Combatting Gender-Based Violence

Sexual assault is a matter of public health and safety. PPNYC supports measures to combat sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other gender-based violence to protect all people’s health and well-being.

National Issues and Legislation

These links provide more details and context on national issues and legislation that Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country are fighting for to ensure that all people have access to the resources they need to build their futures.

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Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund

Planned Parenthood of NYC Action Fund advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights for all New Yorkers. We also work to elect candidates who support our communities and the full range of reproductive health care.