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GetOrganizedBK - Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights working group (WHARR)

We'll be at the meeting to represent for our coat hanger initiative to pressure Gov. Cuomo to bring the RHA to a vote in the NY Senate.

Here is the meeting description from City Council member Brad Lander:

Our Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights working group (WHARR) has gathered an amazing panel to talk to us, and help us figure out next steps -- in New York and nationwide.

A sneak peek of what’s in-store for Monday. Our moderator will be Letitia James, New City's Public Advocate, who has a long history of fighting for women’s rights. She’ll be joined on the panel by:

  • Susannah Pasquantonio, who helped draft the NYS Reproductive Health Act, served as Director of Women’s Issues and Health Care for NYS Senator Liz Krueger, and now serves as Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon.

  • Dr. Linda Pine, Reproductive Health Access Project’s Medical Director, as well as a family physician and abortion provider.

  • Adjoa Tetteh, a member of Planned Parenthood NYC Board of Directors & on PPNYC’s Activist Council, she’s also a reproductive health care expert, reproductive justice leader, and service leader.

Together, we’ll learn about what we can do to pass the NYS Reproductive Health Act, and to push back against the Trump/GOP assault on women.

After the panel, the #GOBK Working Groups will meet to plan next actions, and bystander intervention training will be available as well.

Monday, May 22, 6:30-9:30 PM
#GetOrganizedBK Full Group Meeting

Congregation Beth Elohim (Garfield Pl & 8th Avenue)
Topic: Women’s Health & Reproductive Rights
6:30 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Panel Begins
Working groups to follow (list here).
Bystander Intervention Training available (sign up here). 

If you need a little inspiration, Joss Whedon’s video imagining a world without Planned Parenthood (or access to care), was a stark reminder of the work we need to do to make sure we continue to protect women’s health and rights. 

Sadly, we know too well what that world looks liked: In 2011, Texas voted to cut Planned Parenthood from various women’s health programs, and now the maternal death rate there is higher than anywhere else in the developed world.