NY Legislature expected to approve constitutional amendment protecting abortion, gender ideology

New York’s Legislature is poised to take another step Tuesday toward adopting a constitutional amendment that would bar discrimination based on “pregnancy outcomes” or “gender expression” — provisions intended to protect abortion rights and a person’s right to seek gender-affirming care.

In a pair of afternoon votes, the state’s Senate and Assembly are expected to approve an expansion of the state constitution’s Equal Protection Amendment. That would clear the way for the amendment to go before voters in a referendum in 2024.

While the amendment wouldn’t explicitly preserve a woman’s right to have an abortion, supporters say it would have the practical effect of protecting reproductive rights.

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“Women’s rights and LGBTQI+ rights are under attack across the country, that is why it is essential that New York continues to lead the way in protecting reproductive health access and championing equality rights,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, said in a statement before the vote.

New York’s Legislature is drawing closer to passing a new constitutional amendment prohibiting discrimination based on “pregnancy outcomes” and gender identity.

The Legislature gave initial approval to the amendment in a special session last summer

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