NYS Legislative Session Ends Without Women’s Equality Law
Statement of NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio:
“Simply put, we find it shocking that such a straightforward update of our state’s abortion laws – nothing more than codifying Roe – could not garner enough votes to pass in our State Senate, even though 67% of New York voters supported it. New York voters are not going to forget this in the next round of elections, and NOW-NYC will make sure that they don’t.”
“A lot is still on the table – both the Senate and the Assembly passed legislation with strong bipartisan support that will prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, end pregnancy discrimination, help establish pay equity for women, ensure low-income families are able to obtain housing, assist victims of domestic violence, strengthen our laws to stop human trafficking, and increase access to justice for all New Yorkers. We should not let politics stand in the way of real reforms that will have immediate impact on the everyday lives of millions of New York women and families.”
“While it is disappointing that we were not able to secure a critical update to our abortion law, women still deserve to see progress in other areas of their lives. There is a concrete opportunity to make a difference in the lives of New York’s women and girls – and it is especially critical for women facing poverty, abuse, and discrimination. We will be working with pro-women’s rights legislators to make these provisions of the Women’s Equality Agenda into law. “
The National Organization for Women is the nation’s largest organization working to advance women’s rights and improve women’s lives. The New York City Chapter of NOW, founded in 1966, is the largest chapter in the country with 5,000 members locally and 35,000 statewide. NOW-NYC works to promote women’s reproductive rights, secure women’s economic empowerment, and end violence and discrimination against women.
Contact: Brielle Nalence, 212-627-9895