Women's Health Initiative

The Women's Health Initiative is intended to provide anyone with information regarding women's health, and clinics that are available in the community.

 

We can assist you with making your appointments, securing transportation through Medicaid, if applicable, providing resources for food assistance, and more!

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Abortion rights and resources 

The Supreme Court released a decision on overturning Roe vs. Wade, leaving the question of abortion’s legality to the states. This decision eliminates the constitutional right to abortion, and anti-abortion laws will take effect across roughly half the country.

New York State is one of the states where abortion is likely to remain protected. Many states have passed laws that explicitly protect the right to abortion, with several adding those protections this year in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision. 

Eliminating the right to abortion will disproportionately affect marginalized people in America. According to the most recent CDC data, black females have the highest rates of abortions followed by Hispanic women. Black and brown communities have historically experienced inequities in access to quality healthcare and reproductive health information. Not only is the overturning of Roe v Wade unsafe, it is discriminatory. 

 

Limiting access to abortions is a threat to women’s health. Carrying out a pregnancy comes with inherent health risks to the mother. Furthermore, unintended pregnancies are associated with poor maternal and infant health outcomes. These pregnancy-related health risks are heightened in black and brown communities in America. Black and Hispanic women are more likely than white women to experience health complications during pregnancy and childbirth, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. A 2020 report from the CDC also found that Black women died of maternal causes at nearly three times the rate of white women. With the amount of health risks that come with carrying out a pregnancy, it is clear that abortion is an essential aspect of women’s healthcare.

 

People should be able to freely make decisions about their bodies regardless of the state they live in or their socioeconomic status. We have compiled resources you can look to if you want to help others, or if you need help yourself. 

Resources

  • Planned Parenthood ( https://www.plannedparenthood.org)

    • Offers in-person and telehealth appointments for wide range of services including: 

      • consultation 

      • testing 

      • birth control 

      • pregnancy-termination options

    • Participates in the Medicaid Family Planning Benefit Program, which is a confidential New York State Medicaid program that provides family planning benefits and pregnancy termination options. 

    • You can still visit Planned Parenthood without insurance. Financial Counselors will help you get public or private insurance or financial help for the services Planned Parenthood offers.

 

Online Support

How this decision affects women 

PrEP/HIV counseling

At Lighthouse, we offer a stigma-free environment for PrEP/HIV counseling and referrals for anyone who is interested ! We compiled resources on PrEP from Evergreen Health NY. Click here to visit their website to learn more! 

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a prescription medication that reduces your chances of getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV. 

PrEP is for HIV negative individuals who want to take control of their health and reduce their risk of becoming HIV positive. PrEP is recommended for people who:

  • have sex with multiple and/or anonymous partners

  • have sex regularly or sometimes without a condom

  • are not sure of their sex partners’ HIV status

  • have recently been diagnosed with an STI/STD

  • use injection and/or mood altering drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine or ecstasy

 

Insurance plans in New York State include coverage for PrEP. We can assist you with insurance provider navigation. Most people who see an Evergreen provider and use the Evergreen pharmacy pay $0 out of pocket.