Two state lawmakers are calling for expanded access to emergency contraceptives at public college and universities in New York.
The measure, backed by Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas and state Sen. Lea Webb, would require at least one vending machine that dispenses emergnecy contraceptives.
“Students across the nation are organizing innovative responses to a conservative United States Supreme Court that seeks to roll back our rights more and more after each decision," González-Rojas said. "Here in New York we can and must be a leader in that resistance. That means we must do all that we can to ensure that people who can give birth have access to contraceptives. I urge our legislature to pass this legislation and for the governor to sign it into law."
The bill is being proposed in recognition of International Women's Day. Lawmakers also point to the 46% of stores and pharmacies that do not stock emergency contraceptives. At least 22 universities in the U.S. have vending machines tha tsell emergency contraception. More than a dozen schools are considering the proposal, lawmakers said.