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Oct
21
2015
Advocates Applaud Signing of Women’s Equality Bills, Call for Greater Advances in Reproductive Rights in New York

NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Family Planning Advocates of New York State and Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York, and the New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing the women’s equality bills passed during the 2015 legislative session, and urged elected officials to turn their attention to addressing the remaining impediments to women’s health, rights and equality.

Oct
21
2015
Important New Women’s Equality Laws Lay Groundwork for Future Reforms

Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed eight bills aimed at breaking down barriers that perpetuate discrimination against women. These bills were initially introduced as part of a broader Women’s Equality Agenda that has long been championed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The following statement is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jun
10
2015
Obituary: Barbara Shack, Fierce Advocate for Reproductive Rights

The New York Civil Liberties Union mourns the death of Barbara Shack, an emeritus member of the NYCLU Board of Directors and a women’s rights advocate who served as interim director and built the organization’s state legislative program in the 1980s. Through her tireless work the NYCLU became a force to be reckoned with in Albany—shaping policy and state law affecting the lives of millions of New Yorkers.

May
5
2015
Assembly Vote Protects Women's Ability to Work Free from Discrimination

The New York State Assembly today passed a pair of bills to protect New York women from workplace discrimination, legislation initially introduced as part of the Women’s Equality Act and championed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The vote clears the way for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the legislation into law.

Apr
29
2015
Cuomo’s AIDS Task Force Report Promotes Civil Rights, Individual Autonomy and Bodily Integrity

Governor Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic today released a report calling for statewide protections for New Yorkers who are transgender, comprehensive sex education in public schools, the ability for minors to consent to the HPV vaccine, decriminalizing syringe possession and a comprehensive ban on the ability of law enforcement to use a person having condoms on them as evidence of prostitution — all important measures the New York Civil Liberties Union has long advocated for.

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:

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