NAPAWF New York City Applauds Council Member Carlina Rivera's Introduction of Bill Increasing Contraceptive Access and Choice



June 26, 2019

Contact: Winnie Ye /

NEW YORK, NY—Today, Women’s Caucus Co-Chairs Council Members Carlina Rivera and Margaret Chin introduced legislation to expand contraceptive access and choice by requiring Department of Health and Mental Hygiene-run health clinics to provide long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), alongside other birth control methods. While, LARC work effectively for an extended period of time and once inserted by a provider, work without user action, there are financial and administrative barriers that prevent individuals from being able to choose the method of birth control that works from them. Sam Wu, Member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) New York City, issued the following statement:

“We applaud Council Members Rivera and Chin for introducing legislation to expand access to long-acting, highly effective contraception for individuals across the five boroughs.”

“In order to have full agency over our bodies and lives, Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) need access to comprehensive, affordable, patient-centered, culturally and linguistically competent reproductive health care in our communities.”

“It is empowering to see New York City step up to promote access to reproductive health care against the backdrop of a hostile federal government working to erode our fundamental rights and access to basic health care for low income people, immigrants, and people of color. NAPAWF New York City looks forward to continuing to work with the City Council to ensure AAPIs have the power, resources, and respect to make decisions regarding our bodies, families and communities.”