New York, NY, Friday, May 25, 2023 – The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (“WBASNY”) supports the passage of S.3060/A. 3279, which would establish a reproductive health services training grant program to provide education to medical students who work in abortion-restrictive states to come to New York State to learn how to perform these procedures.
In the post Dobbs world, a large percentage of medical students find themselves training in abortion-restrictive states. This legislation creates a fund to support the training of medical residents in New York. Grants would support the travel and lodging costs of residents, as well as the expansion of residency programs to accommodate additional residents.
The Dobbs decision greatly jeopardized access to, and the provision of, reproductive healthcare. This legislation reduces barriers for medical residents who want to train and provide essential medical care.
The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is the professional membership organization of choice for nearly 4,000 attorneys throughout New York State and the largest statewide women’s bar association in the country. For more than four decades, WBASNY has been a singularly important resource for women lawyers, providing professional networking, continuing legal education programming, leadership training, and advocacy for the rights of women, children, and families. Through involvement with WBASNY’s 20 regional chapters and its 40-plus substantive law committees, WBASNY’s members collaborate with one another on a variety of issues and perform public and community service, in furtherance of its mission to promote the advancement of the status of women in society and women in the legal profession; to promote the fair and equal administration of justice; and to act as a unified voice for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significance to women generally and women attorneys in particular. WBASNY holds United Nations NGO status with the U.N.’s Department of Public Information, and Special Consultative status in association with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). WBASNY is also a founding member of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.