There are many ways to help fight for sexual and reproductive justice. Here are some actions you can take grouped by tenet.
This bill is related to establishing an abortion access fund and allows New York State taxpayers to make gifts to the fund on their personal income tax returns. From the bill, “One in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45*. Despite the common and necessary nature of this health care service, economic and logistical barriers can make it difficult to access this care. In 2019, the legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act, affirming the fundamental right to abortion care here in New York. As states across this country enact dangerous legislation that severely restricts or outright bans access to abortion care, New York must continue to demonstrate its strong commitment to reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy. This bill provides an effective means to improve access to this health care service and affords the majority of New York taxpayers who support the right to abortion care, the ability to personally contribute to entities that help to make that right a reality for those who are financially struggling.”
The New York Abortion Access Fund provides support to anyone who is unable to pay fully for an abortion and is living in or travelling to NYS by providing financial assistance and connections to other resources.
2023-2024 Legislative Session | Requires comprehensive sexuality instruction for students in grades K-12 which includes a model curricula for comprehensive sexuality education and at a minimum conforms to the content and scope of national sexuality education standards.
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Rochester Mutual Aid Network is working to help our community sustain itself by connecting people who are in need of aid to those who can offer it. We are a resource-rich community with the social support needed to create a safe and healthy environment for our children, but many of us are not aware of these resources. Supporting networks like Roc Mutual Aid that connect the community to needed resources allows us to grow stronger as a community and make necessary connections, especially in times of crisis.
Being free from violence at home and in our communities is essential for a safe and nurturing environment in which to create and establish a family. Calling police often escalates situations and leads to violence. Alternatives to policing can reduce violence, especially that perpetrated by police, and provide the community the much needed social support and resources it needs.
24-Hour Hotline for Youth in Crisis: 585-271-7670
From the Senate bill, “Currently, New York does not instruct students in medically accurate, age appropriate comprehensive sexual education. Instruction in sexual education results in improved educational outcomes for students. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of social-emotional skills program led to significant reduction in dropout rates. Studies have also found that students who receive comprehensive sexuality education delay the initiation and reduce the frequency of sexual intercourse, have fewer sexual partners, and practice safe sex.”
This study will examine “the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant women in NY and the impact of limited services pregnancy centers on the ability of women to obtain accurate, non-coercive health care information and timely access to a comprehensive range of reproductive and sexual health care services in alignment with their health care needs and that supports personal decision-making.” Limited services pregnancy centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, prey on vulnerable people who are seeking reproductive health care. The impact of these centers is unknown and research is needed to establish if reproductive oppression is occurring.