Along with our fights at the federal level, we are pushing our state-level elected officials to shore up New York State's surprisingly outdated abortion law.
Our state law was written in 1970, three years before the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. The state law is inconsistent with, and falls short of, the constitutional protections of Roe and its progeny, but it remains on the books in New York—which means that New Yorkers have no state statutory protection if the Supreme Court overturns Roe, a promise the GOP has made for years and may now be in a position to fulfill.
The State Assembly, for several years now, has passed a bill to fix NY law and bring it in line with the settled law of Roe v. Wade. The bill is called the Reproductive Health Act. It passed the Assembly again in January 2017, and then sat in the Senate Health Committee without ever getting a vote. The Assembly will certainly pass it again in the 2018 session.
We want to make sure it gets to the floor this time, so we are putting pressure on our state senators to commit to getting the bill out of committee and voting for it when it reaches the floor, and on Governor Cuomo to make this bill a priority and use his influence to get it passed. We need to let our elected officials know that we are paying attention to their decisions about our reproductive rights.
The RHA Fact Sheet tells you everything you ever wanted to know about NY's existing abortion law, the details of the proposed RHA legislation, and who is standing in the way of its passage
See a clear layout of the three key problems with the current law and how the RHA will fix each of those problems
A review of where we stand at the start of the 2018 legislative session and strategy for the road ahead (Hint: IDC, we're watching you!)