In the upcoming week, the New York State Legislature will decide the fate of the Women’s Equality Act (officially known as “Governor’s Program Bill #9”). Opponents are zeroing in on the Reproductive Rights element of the bill, deeming it “an abortion expansion.” In reality the Women’s Equality Act simply brings New York State Abortion law into line with the language in Roe v. Wade (New York State decriminalized abortion in 1970, 3 years before Roe).
In essence, the Reproductive Rights element of the WEA simply eliminates legal shades of grey between federal and state laws however in rallying against the WEA due to its abortion language, opponents are threatening to sink protections for women that stretch far beyond reproductive rights.
We cannot stand down. LEAN FORWARD – We cannot let New York State stagnate as much of the country struggles to avoid moving backward.
The next week is full of Actions to lean in to Albany and pressure them to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote and get this done!
- In NewYork City NARAL is hosting phone banks at 470 Park Ave South 7th on the following dates:
Wednesday 6/12, Thursday 6/13, Monday 6/17, Tuesday 6/18, and Wednesday 6/19 at 6:30pm.
RSVP to Christopher Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Long Island or those of you able to travel to Long Island this weekend, the New York State Equality Coalition is organizing a Rally tomorrow, June 15th, from 11am-12:30pm.
Sign up online at: http://bit.ly/RallyJune15 or email email@example.com Or simply meet at the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Ocean Ave., directly across from the Holiday Inn Express Lynbrook at 1 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook, NY 11563.
For questions call: 516-750-2665