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Arianna Fishman,, 212-607-3372

May 31, 2022

NEW YORK – Tonight, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation that offers some protections for abortion providers. In response, New York Civil Liberties Union assistant policy director Katharine Bodde issued the following statement:  

“In this moment, New York must do everything possible to comprehensively protect abortion care and advance abortion access. Half the states lie in wait to ban abortion entirely, and access to care in many parts of the country is already a fiction. Five decades ago, and three years before the Court decided Roe, New York first opened its doors to people from across the U.S. who needed abortion care and we must be prepared to do so again.  

“As the Supreme Court stands poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and states around the country ban abortion access, the State legislature took a first step towards shoring up protections for abortion access in New York. To truly lead the way today, there is even more New York must do. Albany lawmakers must pass the Equality Amendment to build meaningful constitutional protections for pregnant people. It would be a failure of our state government for this legislative session to adjourn without passing the Equality Amendment. The country is counting on us to step up.”

Read the NYCLU Abortion Access Roadmap here: