Create Protections Against Sex- or Gender-based Discrimination
Our current constitution includes some protections (see below), but does not protect against discrimination in civil rights based on sex or gender.
Article 1. Section 11. …No person shall, because of race, color, creed or religion, be subjected to any discrimination in his or her civil rights … (New. Adopted by Constitutional Convention of 1938 and approved by vote of the people November 8, 1938; amended by vote of the people November 6, 2001 [emphasis added].)
New York State Human Rights Law has no protections for trans individuals against discrimination based on their gender identity.
Let’s separate ourselves from the states that continue to allow discriminatory laws such as bathroom bills by adding sex and gender protections to the New York State Constitution.
Protect Access to Abortion
New York State abortion laws were written in 1970, three years before the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, and therefore are not up to date with the Supreme Court’s ruling. This inconsistency has already caused problems for many women and their healthcare providers, mostly originating from one key difference:
The Roe v. Wade decision allows women to get an abortion if their life OR health are in danger. New York State only allows women to get an abortion past 24 weeks if their LIFE is in danger.
A single Supreme Court decision could overturn Roe v. Wade and limit New Yorkers’ access to abortion. New York women should be free to make their own healthcare decisions. Safeguarding the right to safe and legal abortions can be achieved through the passing of the Reproductive Health Act, or RHA, which has been stalled in our legislature’s Health Committee for three years.
Call your Senator and demand that this legislative session, they vote YES to pass the RHA.