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Other health provisions, including education, in New York's Reproductive Health law

Supporters say abortion debate overshadowed other important health provisions in the bill
Posted at 7:17 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 08:26:19-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Cuomo has now signed the controversial "Reproductive Health Act" into law.

The legislation was strongly opposed by Catholic groups and others across the state who feel it will increase the number of abortions statewide.

While the Reproductive Health Act was meant to strengthen New York's abortions laws that were written before Roe v. Wade in 1973, supporters say it includes many other important health provisions for women - including rules for contraceptive insurance coverage, education for pregnant teens and the creation of a new maternal mortality review panel.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly sat down with Dr. Vanessa Barnabei, MD, Chair for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UB Jacobs School of Medicine, to learn more about what the new law covers.