Why We’re Watching New York
Most recently, legislators in New York announced a positive initiative to safeguard a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions. A measure that seven out of 10 New York voters support, the Reproductive Health Act, would protect a woman’s right to take or refuse birth control and allow a woman access to late-term abortion if her life or health is at risk. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his annual State of the State address, pledged to fight for passage of this act that would ensure the right of women to make difficult health care decisions.
In the nation’s largest city, the New York City Department of Education demonstrated its commitment to making sure young people receive access to comprehensive sex education programs that feature reliable, accurate medical information. In August 2011, the department announced that it would mandate comprehensive sex education for public middle and high school students to ensure they have the information to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.
Candidates in the State
Champs: Former Rep. Dan Maffei, Rep. Louise Slaughter
Chumps: Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle
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