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New York’s Abortion Rights Bill, Then and Now—and a Warning for the Future

Reproductive rights advocates in New York are split over how to move forward with the Women's Equality Act, which is being held up over a provision on abortion that would align state law with Roe v. Wade. The fight is reminiscent of arguments over the state’s original 1970 abortion reform law.

Reproductive rights advocates in New York are split over how to move forward with the Women’s Equality Act, which is being held up over a provision on abortion that would align state law with Roe v. Wade. The fight is reminiscent of arguments over the state’s original 1970 abortion reform law.

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New York Reproductive Health Act Blocked in Senate Committee

The New York State Assembly Chamber

A key piece of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda failed to pass a senate committee vote Tuesday. The Women’s Reproductive Health Act, which would have expanded access to abortion care in the state, was blocked by Republicans and seems unlikely to pass the legislature this session.

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West Virginia Legislator Attempts to Add Anti-Choice Amendments to Pregnancy Discrimination Bill

Del. Michael Folk introduced two amendments to the bill, one that would have expanded the definition of "person" to include a fetus, and another that would have included "the health of the unborn child" in the bill's protections of pregnant women. The amendments were defeated before the bill passed the state house.

Del. Michael Folk introduced two amendments to the bill, one that would have expanded the definition of “person” to include a fetus, and another that would have included “the health of the unborn child” in the bill’s protections of pregnant women. The amendments were defeated before the bill passed the state house.

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New York State Assembly Passes Women’s Equality Act

The New York State Assembly chamber.

The ten-point agenda would codify a woman’s right to choose an abortion, attempt to reduce gender-based pay discrimination, and strengthen protections for survivors of abuse.

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Vermont Introduces Bill Affirming Right to Abortion

The bill would officially repeal pre-Roe v. Wade statutes that criminalize abortion.

The bill would officially repeal pre-Roe v. Wade statutes that criminalize abortion.

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Steps Forward—and Setbacks—for Sex Workers’ Rights

Sex workers are making enormous progress in terms of advocacy and policy impact. But there is still a long way to go.

This summer, the effort to pass the Women’s Equality Act in New York and the Supreme Court’s decision involving the anti-prostitution pledge that applied to global funding to fight HIV and AIDS had implications for sex workers’ rights.

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Despite Senate Reluctance, New York Assembly Passes Bill to Codify Abortion Rights

The Women's Equality Act did not make it into law, after some members of the state assembly refused to approve a version of the legislation that excluded language codifying the legal right to abortion in the state.

The New York State Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass Gov. Cuomo’s ten-point Women’s Equality Act intact, but Republicans and a handful of conservative Democrats in the state senate have sworn the bill will be defeated unless the abortion platform is removed.

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Cuomo Says He Wants to Pass the Reproductive Health Act. But Does He Really Mean It?

Governor Cuomo gives his 2013 State of the State address.

In his State of the State speech in January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made passing the Women’s Equality Act a centerpiece of his agenda for this year, including legislation protecting women’s rights to safe abortion care. But his political allegiances make the fate of the bill unclear. Does he really support it, or is he trying to play both ends?

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