THE WOMEN'S EQUALITY AGENDA
In his State of the State address on January 9, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the omnibus Women's Equality Agenda, a groundbreaking agenda to break down barriers to women’s full participation in society and advance their health and well-being. A central component of the Women’s Equality Agenda is the Reproductive Health Act, which addresses critical flaws in New York’s current abortion law, making it possible for a woman to make her own health-care decisions during pregnancy, especially if her health is in danger.
The 10 points of the Women's Equality Agenda include:
• Achieve Pay Equity
• Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces
• Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Cases
• Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws
• End Family Status Discrimination
• Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination
• Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence
• Stop Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All
• Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws
• Protect a Woman's Freedom of Choice by Enacting the Reproductive Health Act
What Is the Reproductive Health Act?
The Reproductive Health Act is landmark legislation that we have spent years working to pass in New York State. It would update New York State's antiquated abortion laws and guarantee a woman's right to control her reproductive health. The Reproductive Health Act also ensures that a woman will be able to have an abortion if her health is endangered and guarantees everyone the right to use or refuse contraception.
Make Your Voice Heard Today!
With the legislative session about to end, here's what you can do to support passage of the WEA:
1. The New York State Assembly passed the Women's Equality Act in its entirety on June 20. Take a minute to send this thank you email now to show your appreciation to your Assemblymember, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Governor Cuomo for passing the Women's Equality Act in the Assembly.
2. Call Senate leaders Jeff Klein at (518) 455-3595 and Dean Skelos at (518) 455-3171 who are still standing in the way of a vote on the full Women’s Equality Act in the Senate. Let them know the women and families of New York deserve the full 10 points of the Women's Equality Act!
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