Gotham Gazette Gotham Gazette is an online publication covering New York policy and politics as well as news on public safety, transportation, education, finance and more. http://www.gothamgazette.com/component/tags/tag/reproductive-health-and-family-services 2018-09-19T18:43:40+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com Trump Administration Attacks on Title X Could Result in Even More Deceptive Women’s Health Clinics 2018-03-22T04:00:00+00:00 2018-03-22T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7563:trump-administration-attacks-on-title-x-could-result-in-even-more-deceptive-women-s-health-clinics Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/scott-pp100_cityhall_057.jpg" alt="scott pp100 cityhall 057" width="600" height="410" /></p> <p>Comptroller Stringer with Planned Parenthood (photo via @NYCComptroller)</p> <hr /> <p>The Trump-Pence administration just took aim at the Title X program—the nation’s long-standing program for affordable birth control and other sexual and reproductive health care that more than four million people nationwide, including 150,000 New Yorkers, rely on each year.</p> <p>The administration issued a new call for funding applications that radically changes the program's priorities—and that will shift funding away from expert sexual and reproductive health care providers, to anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers that masquerade as legitimate health care facilities solely to shame and mislead pregnant individuals about their reproductive health options.</p> <p>There’s no denying it: This is all part of a coordinated attack on access to accurate sexual and reproductive health care information—and to access to birth control and safe, legal abortion.</p> <p>The attacks don’t stop there. On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard its first major reproductive rights case since the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s anti-abortion appointee—and the case could also change how crisis pregnancy centers operate. It will determine whether crisis pregnancy centers will be allowed to continue to lie to people about their reproductive health care options by calling it First Amendment promoted speech.</p> <p>Let’s be clear – we must fight back against these attacks to ensure that New Yorkers, especially those with low incomes, continue to have the fundamental health care they need and deserve.</p> <p>Since 1970, the government has awarded Title X grants to sexual and reproductive health care providers that offer contraception, STI testing, cancer screenings and more to help uninsured and underinsured individuals afford them. Historically, Title X is meant to ensure that every person—regardless of where they live, how much money they make, their background, or whether or not they have health insurance—has access to basic, preventive sexual and reproductive health care. This program is a critical safety net for many people who would otherwise go without health care, like those in low-income communities and communities of color who disproportionately face barriers to care.</p> <p>When programs like this are under attack, it’s our most marginalized communities and at-risk families who stand to suffer the most. As a recent report by the New York City Comptroller’s Office showed, in 2015, 91 percent of people served under Title X throughout New York State were women, and 60 percent had incomes at or below the federal poverty line. Nearly one-third were uninsured.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new guidelines for Title X would push these patients to go to facilities that emphasize abstinence-only ideology and that do not offer the full range of birth control options. The new guidelines are designed to roll back access to highly effective forms of birth control, like long-acting reversible contraceptives (IUDs and implants).</p> <p>These guidelines also clearly open the door to anti-abortion fake clinics participating in the program, even though they use deceptive tactics such as providing medically inaccurate information to women, including lying about the gestational age of a pregnancy in order to make it harder for someone to access an abortion.</p> <p>Already, throughout New York City, crisis pregnancy centers masquerade as legitimate health care facilities solely to shame and mislead pregnant individuals about their reproductive health options and prevent them from seeking abortion care. The new Title X guidelines could result in these fake clinics receiving taxpayer dollars and expanding, targeting even more people who are seeking legitimate reproductive health care services. These misleading anti-abortion facilities may continue to exist—but we shouldn’t be supporting them with federal taxpayer money.</p> <p>This egregious attack on Title X is an attack on women and vulnerable communities, and on the rights of New Yorkers to make the health decisions best for them and their families.</p> <p>All New Yorkers should have control over their sexual and reproductive lives. This includes the decision of whether, when, and how to have children, how to practice healthy and respectful sexuality, how to protect ourselves and our partners against STDs, and more. When we make our own decisions about our bodies and our health care, we determine our own futures. And when our reproductive autonomy is under threat, so too is our collective health and well-being as a community and as a city.</p> <p>We will do everything we can to ensure that all people are empowered to take control of their health and their futures. We see the hostile agenda coming from Washington to take away our basic freedoms and target our most vulnerable communities, and we are ready to fight for you and with you every step of the way.</p> <p>***<br />Scott M. Stringer is the New York City Comptroller. Laura McQuade is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. On Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/NYCComptroller" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@NYCComptroller</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/PPNYCAction" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@PPNYCAction</a>.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/scott-pp100_cityhall_057.jpg" alt="scott pp100 cityhall 057" width="600" height="410" /></p> <p>Comptroller Stringer with Planned Parenthood (photo via @NYCComptroller)</p> <hr /> <p>The Trump-Pence administration just took aim at the Title X program—the nation’s long-standing program for affordable birth control and other sexual and reproductive health care that more than four million people nationwide, including 150,000 New Yorkers, rely on each year.</p> <p>The administration issued a new call for funding applications that radically changes the program's priorities—and that will shift funding away from expert sexual and reproductive health care providers, to anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers that masquerade as legitimate health care facilities solely to shame and mislead pregnant individuals about their reproductive health options.</p> <p>There’s no denying it: This is all part of a coordinated attack on access to accurate sexual and reproductive health care information—and to access to birth control and safe, legal abortion.</p> <p>The attacks don’t stop there. On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard its first major reproductive rights case since the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s anti-abortion appointee—and the case could also change how crisis pregnancy centers operate. It will determine whether crisis pregnancy centers will be allowed to continue to lie to people about their reproductive health care options by calling it First Amendment promoted speech.</p> <p>Let’s be clear – we must fight back against these attacks to ensure that New Yorkers, especially those with low incomes, continue to have the fundamental health care they need and deserve.</p> <p>Since 1970, the government has awarded Title X grants to sexual and reproductive health care providers that offer contraception, STI testing, cancer screenings and more to help uninsured and underinsured individuals afford them. Historically, Title X is meant to ensure that every person—regardless of where they live, how much money they make, their background, or whether or not they have health insurance—has access to basic, preventive sexual and reproductive health care. This program is a critical safety net for many people who would otherwise go without health care, like those in low-income communities and communities of color who disproportionately face barriers to care.</p> <p>When programs like this are under attack, it’s our most marginalized communities and at-risk families who stand to suffer the most. As a recent report by the New York City Comptroller’s Office showed, in 2015, 91 percent of people served under Title X throughout New York State were women, and 60 percent had incomes at or below the federal poverty line. Nearly one-third were uninsured.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new guidelines for Title X would push these patients to go to facilities that emphasize abstinence-only ideology and that do not offer the full range of birth control options. The new guidelines are designed to roll back access to highly effective forms of birth control, like long-acting reversible contraceptives (IUDs and implants).</p> <p>These guidelines also clearly open the door to anti-abortion fake clinics participating in the program, even though they use deceptive tactics such as providing medically inaccurate information to women, including lying about the gestational age of a pregnancy in order to make it harder for someone to access an abortion.</p> <p>Already, throughout New York City, crisis pregnancy centers masquerade as legitimate health care facilities solely to shame and mislead pregnant individuals about their reproductive health options and prevent them from seeking abortion care. The new Title X guidelines could result in these fake clinics receiving taxpayer dollars and expanding, targeting even more people who are seeking legitimate reproductive health care services. These misleading anti-abortion facilities may continue to exist—but we shouldn’t be supporting them with federal taxpayer money.</p> <p>This egregious attack on Title X is an attack on women and vulnerable communities, and on the rights of New Yorkers to make the health decisions best for them and their families.</p> <p>All New Yorkers should have control over their sexual and reproductive lives. This includes the decision of whether, when, and how to have children, how to practice healthy and respectful sexuality, how to protect ourselves and our partners against STDs, and more. When we make our own decisions about our bodies and our health care, we determine our own futures. And when our reproductive autonomy is under threat, so too is our collective health and well-being as a community and as a city.</p> <p>We will do everything we can to ensure that all people are empowered to take control of their health and their futures. We see the hostile agenda coming from Washington to take away our basic freedoms and target our most vulnerable communities, and we are ready to fight for you and with you every step of the way.</p> <p>***<br />Scott M. Stringer is the New York City Comptroller. Laura McQuade is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. On Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/NYCComptroller" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@NYCComptroller</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/PPNYCAction" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@PPNYCAction</a>.</p> <p>

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3 Ways New York Must Advance Reproductive Rights This Year 2018-03-21T04:00:00+00:00 2018-03-21T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7557:3-ways-new-york-must-advance-reproductive-rights-this-year Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/krueger_doctors.jpg" alt="krueger doctors" width="600" height="303" /></p> <p>Senator Krueger, the author, with doctors (photo: @jmumfordmd)</p> <hr /> <p>On March 13, the New York State Assembly passed three critical bills regarding reproductive health and rights: the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), the “Boss Bill,” and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA). Unfortunately, the majority coalition in the State Senate continues to bottle these bills up in committee, as it has for years, preventing them from getting an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. This obstruction simply cannot continue.</p> <p>New Yorkers deserve modern laws to protect their deeply personal decisions about reproductive healthcare, and the time to act is now.</p> <p>Why the urgency, you may ask, when New York is seen as a leader in protecting women’s reproductive rights, and Roe v. Wade continues to be the law of the land?</p> <p>The simple answer is that there is a war on women’s reproductive rights in our country at the state and federal level, and it has significantly intensified during the Trump Administration. Conservative judges are being appointed to state and federal courts; funding is being redirected from Planned Parenthood to clinics that do not perform abortions, and from evidence-based sex education and pregnancy prevention programs to ineffective abstinence-only programs; laws and regulations seek to chip away at Roe v. Wade and restrict abortion access by creating unnecessary hurdles and criminalizing pregnancy; lack of coverage, high co-pays, and harmful regulations reduce access to contraception. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Even in New York, our reproductive health and rights are at risk because of our outdated and unconstitutional laws.</p> <p>If a pregnant woman becomes critically ill after 20 weeks, or learns that the fetus is not viable, she must choose among terrible options: travel out of state to get an abortion (if her family can afford the hefty expense); carry to term and risk a dangerous labor to deliver a baby that is stillborn or able to survive only briefly, often in great pain; or possibly face criminal charges for getting the abortion in New York.</p> <p>Current state law also fails to protect women and men from being fired or otherwise discriminated against by their employer for their reproductive healthcare decisions, whether making the decision to get an abortion, or simply choosing to use contraception. In addition, although access to contraceptive options is instrumental in reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, including teen pregnancies, and leads to families that are planned, safe, and healthy, many New Yorkers face barriers to contraceptive services due to lack of financial resources.</p> <p>The RHA, the Boss Bill, and the CCCA address these pressing issues.</p> <p>The existing New York State abortion law was enacted in 1970. It is not based on modern medical practices, and it does not guarantee the same constitutional protections as Roe v. Wade. Passing the Reproductive Health Act (S2796/A1748) would provide for abortion care after 20 weeks if a woman’s life or health is at risk, or if a fetus is not viable. Additionally, the RHA repeals outdated and unconstitutional criminal statutes banning abortion, and moves the regulation of abortion into the public health law, where it belongs, ensuring that New York State law treats abortion as health care and not a criminal act. Reproductive health care decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor – not by politicians or the government.</p> <p>The Boss Bill (S3791/A566) closes a gap in current workplace anti-discrimination laws. Employees would not need to fear being the target of employer discrimination if they use contraception, get abortion care, or seek other reproductive health services.</p> <p>The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (S3668/A1378) requires insurance policies to provide coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive products. Policies are also required to cover emergency contraception, voluntary sterilization procedures, patient education and counseling on contraception, follow-up services, and the provision of a 12-month supply of a contraceptive at one time, without a deductible, co-payment, or any other cost-sharing requirement.</p> <p>At this critical time when women’s health and reproductive rights are under attack, New York must demonstrate bold leadership and stand up for women’s equality and healthy families. I urge my fellow New Yorkers to hold your Senators accountable. New York families have waited long enough - we can and must pass these bills.</p> <p>***<br /> Liz Krueger is a state senator representing parts of Manhattan. On Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/LizKrueger" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@LizKrueger</a>.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/krueger_doctors.jpg" alt="krueger doctors" width="600" height="303" /></p> <p>Senator Krueger, the author, with doctors (photo: @jmumfordmd)</p> <hr /> <p>On March 13, the New York State Assembly passed three critical bills regarding reproductive health and rights: the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), the “Boss Bill,” and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA). Unfortunately, the majority coalition in the State Senate continues to bottle these bills up in committee, as it has for years, preventing them from getting an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. This obstruction simply cannot continue.</p> <p>New Yorkers deserve modern laws to protect their deeply personal decisions about reproductive healthcare, and the time to act is now.</p> <p>Why the urgency, you may ask, when New York is seen as a leader in protecting women’s reproductive rights, and Roe v. Wade continues to be the law of the land?</p> <p>The simple answer is that there is a war on women’s reproductive rights in our country at the state and federal level, and it has significantly intensified during the Trump Administration. Conservative judges are being appointed to state and federal courts; funding is being redirected from Planned Parenthood to clinics that do not perform abortions, and from evidence-based sex education and pregnancy prevention programs to ineffective abstinence-only programs; laws and regulations seek to chip away at Roe v. Wade and restrict abortion access by creating unnecessary hurdles and criminalizing pregnancy; lack of coverage, high co-pays, and harmful regulations reduce access to contraception. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Even in New York, our reproductive health and rights are at risk because of our outdated and unconstitutional laws.</p> <p>If a pregnant woman becomes critically ill after 20 weeks, or learns that the fetus is not viable, she must choose among terrible options: travel out of state to get an abortion (if her family can afford the hefty expense); carry to term and risk a dangerous labor to deliver a baby that is stillborn or able to survive only briefly, often in great pain; or possibly face criminal charges for getting the abortion in New York.</p> <p>Current state law also fails to protect women and men from being fired or otherwise discriminated against by their employer for their reproductive healthcare decisions, whether making the decision to get an abortion, or simply choosing to use contraception. In addition, although access to contraceptive options is instrumental in reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, including teen pregnancies, and leads to families that are planned, safe, and healthy, many New Yorkers face barriers to contraceptive services due to lack of financial resources.</p> <p>The RHA, the Boss Bill, and the CCCA address these pressing issues.</p> <p>The existing New York State abortion law was enacted in 1970. It is not based on modern medical practices, and it does not guarantee the same constitutional protections as Roe v. Wade. Passing the Reproductive Health Act (S2796/A1748) would provide for abortion care after 20 weeks if a woman’s life or health is at risk, or if a fetus is not viable. Additionally, the RHA repeals outdated and unconstitutional criminal statutes banning abortion, and moves the regulation of abortion into the public health law, where it belongs, ensuring that New York State law treats abortion as health care and not a criminal act. Reproductive health care decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor – not by politicians or the government.</p> <p>The Boss Bill (S3791/A566) closes a gap in current workplace anti-discrimination laws. Employees would not need to fear being the target of employer discrimination if they use contraception, get abortion care, or seek other reproductive health services.</p> <p>The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (S3668/A1378) requires insurance policies to provide coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive products. Policies are also required to cover emergency contraception, voluntary sterilization procedures, patient education and counseling on contraception, follow-up services, and the provision of a 12-month supply of a contraceptive at one time, without a deductible, co-payment, or any other cost-sharing requirement.</p> <p>At this critical time when women’s health and reproductive rights are under attack, New York must demonstrate bold leadership and stand up for women’s equality and healthy families. I urge my fellow New Yorkers to hold your Senators accountable. New York families have waited long enough - we can and must pass these bills.</p> <p>***<br /> Liz Krueger is a state senator representing parts of Manhattan. On Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/LizKrueger" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@LizKrueger</a>.</p> <p>

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Stand Against Racism, Protect Asian-American Women's Health 2016-01-22T02:41:40+00:00 2016-01-22T02:41:40+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6108:stand-against-racism-protect-asian-american-womens-health Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/chin_council_hearing.jpg" alt="chin council hearing" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Council Member Chin, one of the authors (photo: William Alatriste)</p> <hr /> <p>New York City has the opportunity to support Asian-Americans and women's health by opposing deceptively named, so-called "sex-selective abortion bans."</p> <p>These attacks on a woman's right to choose are wolves in sheep's clothing. At a glance, such bans might sound like laws meant to further women's rights. But they actually do just the opposite.</p> <p>The tragic reality of "son preference" has been a serious issue in some countries, such as India and China, where women do not have the same rights and status that they have here. But male preference is not a widespread issue in the United States – not for any specific ethnic group or for the population as a whole. In fact, a recent <a href="https://ihrclinic.uchicago.edu/sites/ihrclinic.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/Replacing%20Myths%20with%20Facts%20-%20Sex-Selective%20Abortion%20Laws%20in%20the%20United%20States.pdf" target="_blank">study</a> conducted by the University of Chicago Law School finds that Asian-Americans are giving birth to more girls than white Americans.</p> <p>Given these facts, the sex-selective bans <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SRSGAAB.pdf" target="_blank">being introduced</a> across the U.S. are disingenuous at best. They exploit a real problem around gender that has been well documented in other countries to harm the very communities they purport to help.</p> <p>In an effort to draw attention to these harmful and offensive bans, we have drafted a resolution that was recently introduced in the City Council to put the City of New York on record in opposition to this latest attack on a woman's right to choose.</p> <p>More than just an attack on reproductive health and family planning services, these bans promote ugly stereotypes about our community – namely, that we as Asian-Americans do not value the lives of our girls.</p> <p>Many in the Asian-American community already face heightened barriers to accessing care, and laws like sex-selective abortion bans widen the gap. Sex-selective bans also damage the doctor-patient relationship by opening private medical decisions to scrutiny by both health-care providers and law enforcement.</p> <p>This is not just bad policy; sex-selective abortion bans are dangerous to women's health and could have a chilling effect on women seeking health care. Under no circumstances should patient-doctor parenting discussions be called into question because of one's skin color or ethnicity.</p> <p>Factors like immigration status, income and cultural and linguistic barriers already make it difficult for women in our community to get the health care they need. In New York City, <a href="http://www.aafederation.org/pdf/AAF_nyc2010report.pdf" target="_blank">49 percent</a> of Asian-American adults have limited English proficiency. And <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/databrief43.pdf" target="_blank">20 percent</a> of all Asian-Americans in the city are uninsured.</p> <p>With New York City home to one of the largest Asian-American populations in the country, we must take a stand and demand that our state and federal colleagues work to ensure our communities have greater access to health care — not more restrictions.</p> <p>In their myopic pursuit of an anti-choice agenda, some lawmakers are irresponsibly placing basic health care needs of the Asian American community at risk. And yet, despite the dangerous consequences, they are having some legislative success. In 2013 and 2014, sex-selective bans were the second most proposed type of abortion restriction in the country. Even New York State is not immune —this year, <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&amp;bn=A06545&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Actions=Y&amp;Text=Y&amp;Votes=Y" target="_blank">one such law</a> was introduced in the Assembly. We must stem the tide of these attacks.</p> <p>By working together with advocates to introduce this <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2530982&amp;GUID=7868D0AB-FA6F-44F5-A415-C7838EF3D964" target="_blank">new resolution</a>, we are urging our city to take a stand against these offensive bans. If the City Council passes this important resolution, it could become the third city in the country to denounce this attack on access to health care and family planning for thousands of Asian-Americans.</p> <p>New Yorkers deserve better. Join us in standing up against racism and supporting women's health by urging your City Council representative to support this important resolution.</p> <p dir="ltr">***<br />by New York City Council Member <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/d1/html/members/home.shtml" target="_blank">Margaret Chin</a> and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Executive Director <a href="https://napawf.org/about/staff/" target="_blank">Miriam Yeung.</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/chin_council_hearing.jpg" alt="chin council hearing" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Council Member Chin, one of the authors (photo: William Alatriste)</p> <hr /> <p>New York City has the opportunity to support Asian-Americans and women's health by opposing deceptively named, so-called "sex-selective abortion bans."</p> <p>These attacks on a woman's right to choose are wolves in sheep's clothing. At a glance, such bans might sound like laws meant to further women's rights. But they actually do just the opposite.</p> <p>The tragic reality of "son preference" has been a serious issue in some countries, such as India and China, where women do not have the same rights and status that they have here. But male preference is not a widespread issue in the United States – not for any specific ethnic group or for the population as a whole. In fact, a recent <a href="https://ihrclinic.uchicago.edu/sites/ihrclinic.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/Replacing%20Myths%20with%20Facts%20-%20Sex-Selective%20Abortion%20Laws%20in%20the%20United%20States.pdf" target="_blank">study</a> conducted by the University of Chicago Law School finds that Asian-Americans are giving birth to more girls than white Americans.</p> <p>Given these facts, the sex-selective bans <a href="http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SRSGAAB.pdf" target="_blank">being introduced</a> across the U.S. are disingenuous at best. They exploit a real problem around gender that has been well documented in other countries to harm the very communities they purport to help.</p> <p>In an effort to draw attention to these harmful and offensive bans, we have drafted a resolution that was recently introduced in the City Council to put the City of New York on record in opposition to this latest attack on a woman's right to choose.</p> <p>More than just an attack on reproductive health and family planning services, these bans promote ugly stereotypes about our community – namely, that we as Asian-Americans do not value the lives of our girls.</p> <p>Many in the Asian-American community already face heightened barriers to accessing care, and laws like sex-selective abortion bans widen the gap. Sex-selective bans also damage the doctor-patient relationship by opening private medical decisions to scrutiny by both health-care providers and law enforcement.</p> <p>This is not just bad policy; sex-selective abortion bans are dangerous to women's health and could have a chilling effect on women seeking health care. Under no circumstances should patient-doctor parenting discussions be called into question because of one's skin color or ethnicity.</p> <p>Factors like immigration status, income and cultural and linguistic barriers already make it difficult for women in our community to get the health care they need. In New York City, <a href="http://www.aafederation.org/pdf/AAF_nyc2010report.pdf" target="_blank">49 percent</a> of Asian-American adults have limited English proficiency. And <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/databrief43.pdf" target="_blank">20 percent</a> of all Asian-Americans in the city are uninsured.</p> <p>With New York City home to one of the largest Asian-American populations in the country, we must take a stand and demand that our state and federal colleagues work to ensure our communities have greater access to health care — not more restrictions.</p> <p>In their myopic pursuit of an anti-choice agenda, some lawmakers are irresponsibly placing basic health care needs of the Asian American community at risk. And yet, despite the dangerous consequences, they are having some legislative success. In 2013 and 2014, sex-selective bans were the second most proposed type of abortion restriction in the country. Even New York State is not immune —this year, <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&amp;bn=A06545&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Actions=Y&amp;Text=Y&amp;Votes=Y" target="_blank">one such law</a> was introduced in the Assembly. We must stem the tide of these attacks.</p> <p>By working together with advocates to introduce this <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2530982&amp;GUID=7868D0AB-FA6F-44F5-A415-C7838EF3D964" target="_blank">new resolution</a>, we are urging our city to take a stand against these offensive bans. If the City Council passes this important resolution, it could become the third city in the country to denounce this attack on access to health care and family planning for thousands of Asian-Americans.</p> <p>New Yorkers deserve better. Join us in standing up against racism and supporting women's health by urging your City Council representative to support this important resolution.</p> <p dir="ltr">***<br />by New York City Council Member <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/d1/html/members/home.shtml" target="_blank">Margaret Chin</a> and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Executive Director <a href="https://napawf.org/about/staff/" target="_blank">Miriam Yeung.</a></p>