Governor Hochul Celebrates Passage of Resolution to Enshrine Equal Rights

Image by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul.

By Alexandra Deryn

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated the passage of a resolution to enshrine equal rights into the New York State Constitution, which will solidify the right to abortion access in New York State.  

When enacted, the amendment will add ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, and sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, and reproductive healthcare to existing protections that currently cover discrimination based on race, color, religion or creed.   

This follows the Governor issuing a proclamation earlier today, to add this resolution to the extraordinary session agenda, in light of the recent Supreme Court decision which removed federal protections for abortion.  

“In light of the horrifying Supreme Court decision to strip away reproductive rights, New York State is taking an unprecedented step toward codifying the right to an abortion in our State Constitution,” she said.   


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