In 2002, the New York State Senate voted on the Women’s Health and Wellness Act. This Act required all health insurance companies to cover basic preventative medicine for women, including mammographies, screenings for cervical cancer, screenings for osteoporosis, and birth control prescriptions.
The bill passed, and became law, but 10 Senators voted against it. 3 of these long-time incumbents are facing strong challengers this year. Hugh Farley, John DeFrancisco and Frank Padavan voted against women and for insurance company profits. Nobody “cares” like Frank, as they are saying down in Queens these days.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we run, walk, and rally to alert people to the importance of early detection. Let’s also work for the election of legislators who share our commitment to women’s health. Nothing matters more to the early detection of breast and cervical cancer than being able to afford to get screened—so let’s vote for candidates like Susan Savage, Tony Avella, and Kathleen Joy who will stand up for women, not for corporate profits.
Crossposted at 16% and Rising.
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