Reproductive health clinics in New York City have been popping up across the city, offering a range of services that include vaginal ultrasounds and sexual education.
But not everyone is a fan of the concept of women who choose to reproduce.
“It’s really about the woman being able to have control over her own body and be in control of her reproductive health and what’s best for her,” said Karen Pascale, president of the New York Reproductive Health Association.
The idea of having to pay for a medical procedure to be done is anathema to many, and the state has taken steps to restrict the practice, including requiring that health care providers perform the procedures.
In New York, the procedure is called a “c-section,” and the cost ranges from $75 to $1,300.
Pascales says that, for many women, the cost is too high.
“There are many women that can’t afford to pay it,” she said.
“We don’t think it’s right for them.”
Pascale is the author of “Frogs, Babies and the State of Reproductive Medicine,” a book that aims to change the conversation about reproductive health care.
In her book, Pascally describes how reproductive health clinics have become a magnet for immigrants from the Third World and refugees.
“Many of these women, in the United States, do not know the healthcare that’s available to them, and they have to come in and pay for it,” Pascal said.
Some of the clinics, like the one Pascall started in Harlem, are located in low-income neighborhoods, but the clinics themselves are not regulated by the state.
“This is a very big problem for our women in the city because it’s a very expensive, dangerous process that costs a lot of money and can have a devastating effect on a woman’s health,” Piscale said.
Many of the women who use these services are immigrants who are seeking abortions, according to Pascali.
Many of the immigrant women who come to New York from the Dominican Republic are already having babies, and many have come to the city in search of reproductive healthcare services, according Pascalo.
“When you talk to these women who are having children, many of them are asking, ‘Can I get this abortion because I need it?’, ” she said, adding that she hopes that by talking about reproductive healthcare, people will be more accepting of it.
The state is not the only state to restrict women from having abortions, but Pascalla says that the state’s approach to women’s reproductive health is more aggressive than most.
“I think the state of New York has an incredible amount of power, because it has a lot more money than other states,” Pasi said.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in 2017 that allows for abortions to be performed in the state in cases of rape, incest or if the pregnancy ends in miscarriage.
“The bill says you have to get a doctor’s recommendation.
If the doctor doesn’t say that it’s possible to do an abortion, it’s not allowed,” Pasallo said.
The bill is in the process of going through the New Jersey legislature and Pascalle believes that it is likely to pass.
“New Jersey is one of the only states that has passed a bill that allows abortion, and I think it would be an amazing move in New Jersey,” Pisi said.
Pascalo believes that reproductive health services should be available in every community, not just in the poorest and most dangerous areas.
“You have to understand that we are talking about the health of the people that live in these communities,” she added.
Pisacalla believes that health clinics can be a solution to the problem of the poor, and that people who cannot afford the costs can find it in their own communities.
“They will come in here, and their health will be improved, and we’re going to help them access that health.
And that’s what we’re doing here,” she explained.
The next step in the effort is for New York to pass a law that would require all health care facilities in the State to have a health center, Piscall said.