In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo created the Women’s Equality Act in 2013, a 10-point omnibus bill including policies relating to equal pay, sexual harassment, treatment of pregnant women in the workplace, intimate partner violence, and abortion rights. The National Institute, through our sister organization NARAL Pro-Choice New York
, was heavily involved in the campaign to pass the Women’s Equality Act.
Between 2013 and 2015, the New York State Assembly twice passed the full 10-point Women’s Equality Act, as well as a standalone bill enshrining the protections of Roe v. Wade
in New York State law – marking the first time in decades that abortion rights was debated and embraced on the floor of either legislative chamber. However, the anti-choice-led State Senate repeated refused to act on the abortion legislation contained in the package. By 2015, the remainder of the Women’s Equality Act passed both chambers, and most were signed by Gov. Cuomo.