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Assembly Introduces Standalone Reproductive  Health Bill

 Assemblymember Deborah Glick introduced A 6221, a standalone bill relating to access to reproductive health services in New York. This piece of legislation would enshrine Roe v. Wade’s protectionsfor a woman’s right to choose in New York State law, including if a woman’s health is at risk. It was originally introduced as part J of Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act. Read the release here.

Senate Leaves Full Equality Behind AGAIN

The 2014 New York State legislative session has ended, and the Senate left the Women’s Equality Act on the table yet again, failing New York’s 10 million women for the second time. The Assembly has passed the Women’s Equality Act twice now, recognizing its necessary and historic nature. Millions of New Yorkers are shocked and outraged that for two years the New York State Senate has been unable to pass the Women’s Equality Act. Read our full press release here.

The NYS Assembly passed the full 10-point Women's Equality Act!

On Monday, January 27th, 2014 the New York State Assembly passed the full 10-point Women's Equality Act as one of its first acts of business of the year! By doing so, the Assembly reaffirmed its commitment to improving the lives of New York's 10 million women, and underscored the vision that our state's women deserve nothing less than full equality, including the right to make personal decisions about our reproductive health. Click here to find out how your Assembly member voted in 2014.

Protect Choice Now

At the beginning of 2014, we launched our Protect Choice Now campaign to hold our State Senators accountable to New Yorkers’ values and priorities. On the Protect Choice Now website, you can find your senator, see where he or she stands on codifying Roe v. Wade in state law, and then use the simple social media buttons to share your senators’ positions on Facebook and Twitter.

Join the campaign to Protect Choice Now for all New Yorkers – because New York women can’t have full equality without complete control of their reproductive future!

Latest News

Visit the newsroom at our Protect Choice Now campaign website to learn the latest updates on the fight for full equality!

New York Women Deserve Full Equality
June 22, 2013

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 ensuring that New York’s abortion law guarantees all the protections in federal precedent and reflects current medical practice in New York. The Women’s Equality Agenda will ensure that a woman can 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:

  • Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice by Ensuring that New York’s Abortion Law Reflects Federal Protections and Current Medical Practice
  • 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 Women’s Equality Agenda would align New York law with federal law and current practice in New York. We can do this by:

  • Moving the regulation of abortion out of the criminal code and into the Public Health Law, where it belongs. This will clean up the way New York made abortion legal back in 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade;
  • Making sure that a woman’s health is front and center in every decision that a health care professional makes, as recognized by federal law; and
  • Clarifying that New York law already regulates health care professionals and creates standards for what those medical professionals can and cannot do. Abortion services should be regulated in the same way that other medical procedures are regulated.

First TV Ad: If I Were A Man...

The New York Women’s Equality Coalition launched an ad campaign to support the passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda with this TV ad titled, "If I Were A Man..."

Our Second Radio Ad: Real Scandal: How Skelos Treats Women

On Wednesday, May 8th, our second radio ad exposing Senator Skelos' opposition to the Women's Equality Agenda began airing in Albany, and then expanded the next day to Long Island. Click the play button the the widget above to listen!

Our First Radio Ad

On Tuesday, April 16th, our first radio ad in support of the Women's Equality Agenda began airing in Albany. Click the play button the the widget above to listen! Read the press release about the premiere of this ad here.

Join the NY Women's Equality Coalition!

Women's Equality Coalition backing Cuomo's gender equality agenda
Legislative Gazette
March 4, 2013
By Tanique Williams

More than 500 advocacy groups began Women's History Month by launching The New York Women's Equality Coalition to help push for many of the ideas outlined in the governor's State of the State including a 10-point agenda for gender equality.
Read the Full Story Here

Friend the coalition on Facebook.
Follow the coalition on Twitter.
Learn more at the coalition's website: (And, if you're an organization, join the over 750 labor, business, civil rights, medical & religious groups that have already signed on in support of the Agenda!)

Support for the Women's Equality Agenda

As governors across the country continue their legislative attacks on reproductive health and rights, we are proud to have a governor who is clearly dedicated to helping women lead safe, healthy lives. Email Gov. Cuomo a thank you note today, and make sure he knows that we’re all looking forward to working with him on creating a more pro-choice New York in 2013!

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