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HUDSON – On the heels of their community conversation exploring the current state of abortion access in New York and across America, Senator Michelle Hinchey and NY Times bestselling author and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco announced that the event — hosted at Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions in Hudson — raised nearly $5,000 for the National Network of Abortion Funds to help remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access nationwide.
“With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, one of our greatest fears in generations has come true, and in every election, from now through November, we need to vote like reproductive rights are on the ballot — because they are,” Senator Michelle Hinchey said, “We can only win this fight by doing the work together, and it was an honor to partner with Alyssa Mastromonaco and the Talbott & Arding team to bring the community together to raise critical funds for abortion access, discuss the further steps New York State needs to take to help people access the care they deserve and what’s truly at stake in this election.”
“Never has it been more important to elect strong pro-choice leaders like Senator Michelle Hinchey who will fight with unwavering tenacity for reproductive justice,” Alyssa Mastromonaco said. “In just one term in office, Michelle has proven her effectiveness on that front and across many intersecting issues that are important to the people of SD-41. It’s up to us to fight for our future and back candidates like Michelle who will continue to deliver for all of us.”
“As a public servant who has proven she gets things done, Senator Hinchey is the voice our community needs to lead us through and beyond this moment,” Kara Chadbourne of Talbott & Arding said. “The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe sent our entire staff into shock, and it felt urgently important for us to act. We were honored by Senator Hinchey and Alyssa Mastromonaco’s eagerness to join us for this enormously encouraging, energizing, and empowering conversation to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds. The Talbott and Arding team would like to thank our guests of honor and our community for making this event such a success and to the NNAF for its tireless work to protect reproductive care and access across America.”
Senator Michelle Hinchey, the pro-choice Democratic candidate for a 2022 NYS Senate battleground seat in the newly-formed 41st Senate District, has been a champion for reproductive rights throughout her first term in office.
Legislation authored by Hinchey to protect abortion rights in New York was recently signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul. Hinchey’s bill, S9080B, prohibits medical malpractice insurance companies from taking adverse action against a healthcare provider for performing any reproductive care on patients from states where abortion is illegal.
Legislation authored by Hinchey primed for priority passage in the 2023 legislative session includes:
* The Hospital Transparency Act: S5400 directs the NYS Department of Health to collect a list and conduct a study of policy-based exclusions (healthcare that hospitals choose not to provide) from every general hospital on an annual basis and publicize that information to New Yorkers. This will help the state identify healthcare deserts, where resources must be directed to expand care, and strengthen transparency around what care is being removed based on hospital policy with an emphasis on reproductive, gender-affirming, and end-of-life care.
* Eliminating Prescription Barriers for Emergency Contraception: S7860 expands access to certain forms of emergency contraception (EC) without a doctor’s prescription, including products like Ella, and allows people seeking EC to receive it from New York State pharmacists, registered nurses, and licensed midwives without an extra trip to the doctor’s office and paying more money out-of-pocket. This helps New Yorkers bypass difficulties they may face with transportation, finances, and limited time off from work.
The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) is dedicated to eliminating economic barriers to abortion for people across the United States who face the greatest barriers to access, including low-income women, women of color, young women, and trans and gender nonconforming people.
Senate District 41 includes all of Columbia and Greene Counties, the towns of Esopus, Hurley, Kingston, Lloyd, Marlborough, New Paltz, Plattekill, Rosendale, Saugerties, Shandaken, Ulster, Woodstock, and the City of Kingston in Ulster County and the towns of Amenia, Clinton, Dover, Hyde Park, Milan, North East, Pine Plains, Pleasant Valley, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Stanford, and Washington in Dutchess County.