New Yorkers Flip the State Senate, Clearing the Way to Pass the Reproductive Health Act Early in 2019

November 07, 2018
Contact: Marisa Rodriguez, [email protected], 956-607-9952

National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund Celebrates Victories for Scores of Endorsed Candidates – Creating an Historic Fully Pro-Choice State Government

New York, NY – Last night, New York voters flipped the State Senate to an historic pro-choice majority, and voted overwhelmingly for National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC-endorsed candidates – sending a strong message that reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion, is a top priority. The NIRH Action Fund PAC celebrates the election of endorsed candidates, including all state-wide elected officials (Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Attorney General-Elect Letitia James, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli), and 13 new pro-choice state Senators, who join their new State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the strongly pro-choice Assembly to usher in a new era of progressive legislation in New York State. The NIRH Action Fund applauds victories for our many endorsed candidates for U.S. House of Representatives – particularly Representative-elect Antonio Delgado, whose victory is a critical part of the wave of seats that flipped to create a majority in that federal chamber that supports reproductive health.

“With a unified pro-choice majority in the State Senate to partner with our long-standing champions in the Assembly and executive branch, New York State is finally poised to become the beacon of reproductive freedom the country needs in the wake of Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.,” said Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund and PAC. “New York State’s elected leaders now have a mandate to make passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) their top priority to ensure that the Empire State finally guarantees the right and ability of women to control their reproductive lives and enshrine abortion rights and access into our state laws. We have been working long and hard to get to this day, and the NIRH Action Fund remains committed to our partnership with the many champions we have in Albany and resolute in our call for passage of the RHA as a first order of business for the next session.”

Passing the Reproductive Health Act would repeal the states’s outdated, pre-Roe v. Wade criminal abortion law, moving regulation of this care from the penal code to the public health code, and ensuring that New York State protects a woman’s reproductive decisions, including ensuring that all licensed medical professionals operating within their scope of practice are able to provide abortion care and securing access to abortion later in pregnancy if a woman’s health is at risk.

NIRH Action Fund PAC is especially excited to welcome State Senators-elect James Gaughran, Andrew Gournardes, Pete Harckham, Anna Kaplan, Monica Martinez, Jen Metzger, and James Skoufis, who all campaigned in the general election on a promise that they would vote for the Reproductive Health Act and make it an early priority of the 2019 legislative session. In October, Governor Cuomo vowed to codify Roe v. Wade within the first 30 days of his next administration. And the New York State Assembly has repeatedly passed the RHA, and will return to Albany again with a decisive majority that supports reproductive freedom.

NIRH Action Fund looks forward to continue our strong, long-standing partnership of working with our elected leaders in Albany to ensure all New Yorkers have access to abortion and the full spectrum of reproductive care they need and deserve.


The NIRH Action Fund engages in non-partisan issue advocacy and electoral engagement to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice in states and cities across the country.  The NIRH Action Fund PAC makes endorsements in New York State to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice across the state.


Endorsed Candidates – NIRH Action Fund PAC:


SD 3    Monica Martinez

SD 5    James Gaughran

SD 7    Anna Kaplan

SD 8    John E. Brooks*

SD 9    Todd Kaminsky*

SD 11  John Liu

SD 12  Michael Gianaris*

SD 13  Jessica Ramos

SD 14  Leroy Comrie*

SD 16  Toby Ann Stavisky*

SD 19  Roxanne Persaud*

SD 20  Zellnor Myrie

SD 21  Kevin Parker*

SD 22  Andrew S. Gounardes

SD 25  Velmanette Montgomery*

SD 27  Brad M. Hoylman*

SD 28  Liz Krueger*

SD 29  Jose M. Serrano*

SD 31  Robert Jackson

SD 32  Luis Sepulveda*

SD 33  J. Gustavo Rivera*

SD 34  Alessandra Biaggi

SD 35  Andrea Stewart-Cousins*

SD 37  Shelley Mayer*

SD 39  James G. Skoufis

SD 40  Peter Harckham

SD 42  Jen Metzger

SD 44  Neil Breslin*

SD 53  Rachel May

SD 63  Timothy M. Kennedy*

Endorsed Candidates – NIRH Action Fund:


US Senate        Kirsten Gillibrand*

CD 4    Kathleen Rice*

CD 5    Gregory Meeks*

CD 6    Grace Meng*

CD 7    Nydia Velazquez*

CD 8    Hakeem Jeffries*

CD 9    Yvette Clarke*

CD 10  Jerrold Nadler*

CD 12  Carolyn Maloney*

CD 13  Adriano Espaillat*

CD 14  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

CD 15  Jose Serrano*

CD 16  Elliot Engel*

CD 17  Nita Lowey*

CD 18  Sean Patrick Maloney*

CD 19  Antonio Delgado

CD 20  Paul Tonko*

CD 25  Joe Morelle

CD 26  Brian Higgins*