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Jun
10
2014
Women's Equality Coalition Calls on the New York State Senate to Vote on the Women's Equality Act

Leaders and advocates from the Women's Equality Coalition stand with legislators from both the State Assembly and State Senate today to urge the passage of the full Women's Equality Act (WEA), a bill supported by the vast majority of New Yorkers. The WEA provides common sense updates to existing New York law that will ensure the state’s 10 million mothers, sisters, daughters and wives are not held back by discrimination. This critical legislation will remove barriers to economic security, preserves access to reproductive health care and helps survivors of domestic violence.

Jan
17
2014
NYCLU Supports Appeals Decision: City Law on Crisis Pregnancy Centers Upheld

A decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals today upheld the central provisions of New York City law mandating transparency by crisis pregnancy centers, anti-choice “clinics” that masquerade as medical offices. “We are gratified by the court’s decision to uphold important protections for women in New York City,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “This decision recognizes that the law was carefully crafted simultaneously to respect First Amendment rights and to protect women against deceptive practices,” Lieberman said.

Feb
13
2013
Broad Cross-section of New Yorkers Strongly Support a Bill to Strengthen New York State’s Reproductive Health Care Protections

For at least the last four years, polling conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, Lake Partners, Global Strategy Group, and Hart Research, all working independently, has consistently showed that New York voters overwhelmingly support an initiative to strengthen our protections for reproductive rights under state law.

Jan
29
2013
NYCLU Applauds Governor's Commitment to Women’s Equality

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded Governor Cuomo for bringing together more than 250 organizations in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda. The governor’s office today launched a website dedicated to the development of this groundbreaking legislative package and uniting advocates across the state in making women’s equality a priority this year. The following can be attributed to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
16
2013
Federal Complaint Filed Against UPS for Forcing Pregnant Worker Off the Job

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today against UPS for unfairly forcing a pregnant package driver to take unpaid leave, refusing to accommodate her with light-duty work and forcing her to lose her company health insurance just before the birth of her child.

Jan
9
2013
NYCLU Applauds Governor’s Position on Women’s Equality, Marijuana Arrests

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman: “We’re pleased that the governor’s priorities for the coming session include a vigorous agenda for women’s equality that would make major strides in closing loopholes in New York’s existing protections for women. We particularly applaud his commitment to pay equity, extending protections against sexual harassment to all workers in New York, and protecting women’s fundamental right to choose.

Sep
12
2012
NYCLU Study Shows Gaps, Inaccuracies and Bias in NY Sex Ed Instruction

Many public school districts across New York State provide sex-ed instruction that is inaccurate, incomplete and biased, according to a report released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union that analyzes sex-ed materials that have been used in 82 public school districts.

Jan
26
2012
Rochester School Board Decision on Condoms Will Protect Students

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Rochester Board of Education’s decision to make condoms available to city high school students. “This new policy will help keep our teens healthy and safe,” said KaeLyn Rich, director of the NYCLU’s Genesee Valley Chapter. “It is an important step in providing Rochester's young people the tools they need to protect their sexual and reproductive health.”

Oct
4
2011
NYCLU Applauds Sen. Gillibrand for Standing Up for U.S. Servicewomen’s Right to Health Care

The New York Civil Liberties and 26 other women’s health organizations have sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., thanking her for sponsoring a bill to expand access to crucial health-care services for the more than 400,000 women serving in the U.S. military. The legislation, the Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health (MARCH) for Military Women Act, would provide federal coverage for abortion care for military personnel and families in cases of rape or incest and allow privately-funded abortions to be performed at military treatment facilities.

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