The House has stooped to a new low – yesterday they passed a bill to effectively eliminate abortion coverage for millions of women. This sweeping bill would permanently codify the Hyde Amendment, now subject to annual approval, to outlaw federal financing of abortions. The bill includes a host of other punishments – like denying tax credits to individuals and small businesses for purchasing health plans that include abortion coverage. The president has already threatened to veto the bill, but it is not expected to pass the Senate.
Here in New York, we must do better by women and their families. The Assembly again passed the Women’s Equality Act and ensured that the federal protections in Roe v. Wade are also guaranteed in New York law. Now it’s up to the Senate to pass the bill and further reproductive equality for women in New York.