NARAL Pro-Choice New York

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NARAL Pro-Choice New York

NARAL Pro-Choice New York is the state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America. The affiliate describes itself as "the state’s foremost pro-choice political and advocacy organization. We work every day to protect and advance access to the full range of reproductive health care to help women, men, and teens stay healthy and safe." The affiliate also describes itself as a "political and advocacy organization" for guaranteeing a woman's right "to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion." They are involved involved in politics, at the state and local levels to pass pro-choice legislation, but also to defeat what they call "anti-choice initiatives." The affiliate is also involved in electing pro-choice officials to be held "accountable" to NARAL's mission. [1]

History

NARAL Pro-Choice New York has been in existence since 1969. The address listed for the organization is in New York city, at 470 Park Avenue South, on the 7th Floor. The organization is listed as a local and national NGO (non-governmental organization). [2] The organization has a staff of 15 people and a budget of $3.2 million. [3]

National Institute For Reproductive Health

NARAL Pro-Choice New York is partnered with the National Institute for Reproductive Health. NARAL Pro-Choice New York describes this partnership as an "opportunity... to make this city and this state shinning examples in what it means to protect and prioritize women's reproductive health and rights." The partnership is seen by NARAL as a partnership and collaboration to work against "anti-choice encroachments" and to supposedly "begin to build a better future for the women and families in their communities." [1]

The National Institute for Reproductive Health describes itself as an "innovation institute for reproductive health care." As with partnerships with organizations like NARAL, there is also a partnership with state and local leaders to achieve the goal of reproductive health care through education and advocacy. The institute strives for "success," "action," "leaders," and "health." [4] NIRH is described as a sister organization of NPCNY, with their goals being to reduce barriers to reproductive health care for women and providing information and services in municipalities and states across the country. [3]

NARAL Pro-Choice New York Political Action Committee

On the political level, NARAL Pro-Choice New York also has a PAC, committed to electing pro-choice leaders in the state. [5] The PAC not only works to elect pro-choice politicians, but supports them in pro-choice endeavors and holds them accountable as well. Political efforts are done through "legislative and policy advocacy and electoral strategy." [3]

Political Endorsements

On August 14, 2012, NPCNY released their endorsements for the 2012 House of Representatives. The press release and the president, Andrea Miller, mention a sense of importance over electing pro-choice candidates to protect the organization's mission and goals. New York, which is already a pro-choice state, is believed by Miller to play a critical role in November 2012 elections. All of those endorsed, including incumbents (which are a majority of those endorsed), challengers and open seats, are Democrats. [6]

The endorsements for state legislature involved also backing Democratic candidates. Miller once again mentioned New York as a pro-choice state, but said "that it needs more representation in the legislature." [7]
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