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.
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.
Once again, New York is leading the way.
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's harmful decisions, New York acted swiftly and thoroughly to preserve the right to abortion and enact common-sense measures to protect our communities from gun violence.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) July 2, 2022
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.
In New York, we will never stop fighting to protect abortion access, keep our communities safe from gun violence, and build a cleaner planet. No Supreme Court decision will change that.
— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) July 1, 2022
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.