We have opportunities for major legislative progress in Albany, including the Reproductive Health Act and the Women's Equality Act. Mobilization began at the annual Family Planning Advocates Day of Action on Jan. 14.
More than 400 activists gathered in Albany. They included PPMH activists who visited with their legislators and networked with coalition members from across the state. Part of our contingent are shown here: from left, Reverend Tom Davis and Cathy Masie and PPMH Co-President/CEO Paul Drisgula.
The Reproductive Health Act will ensure that a woman will be able to have an abortion if her health is endangered. It also guarantees that all New Yorkers will have the right to choose or refuse contraception and changes current law so that regulation of abortion is no longer in the criminal law but is in the public health and medical practice section of the law.
The Women's Equality Act will:
Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice by Enacting the Reproductive Health Act
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
The legislative session ends in June 2013. Email Beth LeGere at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend other advocacy days throughout the legislative session.