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I Love New York.

January 31, 2013

NY for Women's Equality

Here in New York, we sometimes turn our noses up at other states. I catch myself reading national news with a smirk. We think of New York as a beacon of democracy, a state where common sense prevails. We don’t have the limits on abortion that other states have – no mandatory waiting periods, no mandatory ultrasounds – we even have some state tax dollars going towards abortions in this state (only 17 states can say that!).

I’ve been reading up on some of the laws that other states are considering; here are some links from just this week (so far!):

It’s disheartening, to say the very least.
In Jessica Valenti’s speech at PP Gulf Coast last week, she said:

“I’m exhausted thinking about the fact that I’m still fighting a battle that my mother marched for. That so many years later, we’re working so hard to hold onto the rights we already have, that creating a proactive—rather than defensive—agenda seems like a pie-in-the-sky dream.”

Here in New York, we have the opportunity to do just that – to create a proactive agenda for reproductive justice in this state. Legislators have the chance to position New York as a national leader in women’s health care by passing the Women’s Equality Act.

– See the governor talk about his plans for the NYS Women’s Equality Act here.
– Click here to view the organizations that have already signed on to support this historic act.
– If you want to help us spread the word about the Women’s Equality Act, or you are an organization that wants to sign on, email publicaffairs@pphp.org.

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