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 Act, 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 Act is codifying Roe v. Wade, which will reconcile 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 Act 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
Safeguard Reproductive Health by Codifying Roe v. Wade
Why do we need to safeguard reproductive health in New York State?
New York’s abortion law was enacted in 1970, three years prior to Roe v. Wade, and lacks the important protections found in federal law. Under New York law, a woman’s health is not protected in rare and tragic situations in which a serious complication jeopardizes her health later in pregnancy. New York law only provides protection if a woman’s life is in danger. The Women’s Equality Act would ensure that a woman can access abortion care in New York State when her health is at risk by codifying in the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade in New York State law.
Make Your Voice Heard Today!
With the legislative session about to adjourn for the year at the end of June, here's what you can do to support passage of the Women's Equality Act:
The New York State Assembly passed the Women's Equality Act twice in its entirety in June 2013 and January 2014. Now is the time for the New York State Senate to take action! 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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