Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner Supports Protecting Reproductive Rights

“New York’s women have had the right to reproductive choice since 1970 but – with the federal government’s ongoing assault on women’s rights – it is crucial for New York to remain in the forefront on this important women’s rights issues,” Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD) said.

The Contraceptive Care Act (A. 585-A) and the Reproductive Health Act (A.21) make key changes to New York’s laws:

  • Protects choice by requiring all health insurance policies to cover access to FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices and products
  • Establishes in law the fundamental right of a woman to choose whether to carry a pregnancy to term and have a baby or to have an abortion   
  • Requires that an abortion be performed by a licensed, certified or authorized practitioner
  • Removes a women’s right to make reproductive choices from the state Penal Law and places that right in the Public Health Law