Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing the women’s equality bills passed during the 2015 legislative session, and urged elected officials to turn their attention to addressing the remaining impediments to women’s health, rights, and equality.
The bills signed by the Governor today are intended to combat sexual harassment, human trafficking, and pregnancy and family status discrimination, while providing greater protections for victims of domestic violence and achieving pay equity, among other advancements to women’s equality. The final bill of the original Women’s Equality Act, which would protect women's fundamental right to safe and legal abortions, was passed by the Assembly but blocked by the Senate.
“I am glad to see these bills being signed into law. They represent years of hard work by advocates and elected officials,” said Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. “However, this is not the end of our work. With increasing attacks nationally on a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion, having clear laws in this state become more urgent. We will continue to work with legislators on this and other issues impacting women and families including paid family leave.”
October 21, 2015