Supporting Reproductive Health Care Rights
January 30, 2012
Around Town By Neal Tepel1
The Assembly has passed a resolution calling on Governor Cuomo to proclaim Reproductive Rights and Justice Week, January 22-28. The resolution, K.828, sponsored by Assembly Member Deborah Glick, had been favorably reported from the Assembly Health Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, earlier today. The committee also reported three bills.
"Access to reproductive health care services, essentially primary care for women, is supported by the vast majority of New Yorkers," said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. "Making sure that these services remain available is a top priority every year in the Assembly."
The resolution encourages public awareness, conversation, and support for reproductive rights and justice nationwide.
According to the World Health Organization, reproductive and sexual ill health accounts for 20% of the global burden of ill health for women and 14% for men. Services that may be provided by reproductive health clinics include: prenatal care, STD testing, counseling services, birth control, physical exams, health education, and screenings for cancer, diabetes, and other major health risks.