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[WATCH] New York Votes to Add Abortion Protections to State Constitution

[WATCH] New York Votes to Add Abortion Protections to State Constitution

The state of New York moved to enshrine abortion rights and access to contraception in its constitution on Friday, becoming an example for other states in the pushback against the antiquated ruling by the Supreme Court that ended the protection for reproductive rights nationwide.

New York state law already allows abortions, so the move would add an extra layer of legal protection for the procedure. The state Senate “advanced the first passage of an amendment to codify the right to an abortion and the right to contraception in the State Constitution,” it said in a statement.

ALBANY, NEW YORK – AUGUST 24: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks after taking her ceremonial oath of office at the New York State Capitol on August 24, 2021 in Albany, New York. Gov. Hochul was sworn in today as New York State’s 57th Governor, making her New York’s first female governor. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

The amendment also seeks to “update the existing Equal Rights Amendment to extend current protections to several new classes, including on the basis of sex, disability, national origin, ethnicity, and age,” it said.

New York, like all other Blue states, will now be seen as a “sanctuary state” for those in Red states seeking safe and legal reproductive care. President Joe Biden met with nine Democratic Governors via teleconference on Friday to discuss the future of abortion rights, stressing the need to put more pro-choice Democrats in Congress in November in order to strike down the filibuster and codify Roe into law.

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After passing the New York Senate, the legislation will next go to the state Assembly, where it is expected to pass easily. Voters will then cast their ballot on it directly in a referendum.

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