New York State has a dangerously outdated abortion law. It's time to fix that.
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 is now sitting in the Senate Health Committee, which has no plans to allow a vote.
Governor Cuomo has finally included the provisions of RHA in his proposed state budget for FY2019. The budget deadline is April 1. Now is the time to pressure our state senators to vote YES on a budget that includes the RHA. 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
Learn about Governor Cuomo's proposed budget for FY2019, which includes provisions of the RHA, and read our script for your phone calls to Cuomo and state legislators