New amendment could add extra protection for women in New York state

In last week’s extraordinary session, the Equality Amendment, which would be added to the state constitution, passed one of the hurdles that could eventually lead to voters having their say about it.

The amendment would prohibit discrimination on a number of issues – including, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. However, it also aims to protect women who are pregnant.

The Equality Amendment overcame its first hurdle when it was passed last week in the extraordinary session called by the governor. It must pass a second time before it goes to the voters.

Learn about why supporters say this amendment is so important, especially with the recent Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, by watching the video of Elaine Houston’s story.