AN HISTORIC TIME IN ALBANY
In a legislative whirlwind, the New York State Legislature passed unprecedented legislation which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law. Each of these laws deals with issues which IINYS has been promoting for many years.
REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE LEGISLATION – SUMMARY
SIGNED INTO LAW: The Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which embeds Roe v. Wade principles in New York State health laws and removes abortion from the criminal code. *
NEW: The Governor wants to place provisions of this act in the State Constitution, a process that must be passed by two different sessions of the Legislature and approved in a state referendum. After signing the RHA, Cuomo said, “But we’re not done yet. I propose we amend the New York State Constitution to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law for all future generations and settle this issue once and for all.”
SIGNED INTO LAW: The Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act, which makes contraceptives more easily available. *
SIGNED INTO LAW: The Boss Bill, which prohibits employers from refusing contraceptive coverage in health plans based of their religious convictions.
*See the January “Notes for Change” for detailed descriptions of these laws.