Hi, my name is Martha Rowen, 

I’m the Medical Freedom Party’s candidate for the New York State Senate in the 26th District. I’m a long-time resident of Brooklyn Heights and have also lived in Bay Ridge, where I have family roots.

I’m a retired NYC high school and college teacher, with an abiding interest in quality education and in the intellectual, mental and physical health of our children and youth. 

I am a co-founder of Citizens Defending Libraries, an advocacy group for protecting free speech, information access, and libraries, which counts among its victories saving the Red Hook, Pacific Street and Mid-Manhattan libraries from being sold to developers. 

I have also worked, as a co-founder of Right of Way, a pedestrian rights group, and as a volunteer for Transportation Alternatives, to make our streets and parks safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to improve public transportation. 

I am committed to protect and strengthen our rights to bodily autonomy and self-determination in health, which are under threat from government and corporate mandates, from censorship and from lack of transparency by pharmaceutical companies and regulatory agencies. Informed consent requires freedom of speech, full availability of facts and the airing of the complete range of expert opinion. 

One size never fits all in healthcare and neither coercion nor censorship have any place in medicine and public health. I am running to ensure that these issues are fully discussed during the campaign, and as your state senator, I’ll work to guarantee that rights to bodily autonomy will not ever be denied to New Yorkers. 

Martha on the Issues