New York passes bill to codify abortion rights in state constitution.

The New York legislature on Tuesday (24) passed an amendment to the state constitution that would enshrine abortion rights and other protections in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal right to abortion in Roe v. Wade. 

It’s the second time the amendment has cleared the state Assembly and state Senate, and the matter now heads to voters in the state, to be on the ballot in 2024. 

The Supreme Court’s decision last year in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe and handed the regulation of abortion over to the states, prompting some legislatures to tighten abortion restrictions and spurring others to shore up protections.  

The amendment would add to the state constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and protect against discrimination based on a slate of factors, including national origin, sexual orientation — and reproductive health care and pregnancy outcomes.  

Source: https://thehill.com


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