NY State ERA

New Yorkers will have the Equal Rights Amendment on their State Ballot in November 2024

In Jan 2023, the New York Legislature passed constitutional amendment in second consecutive legislative session

ALBANY, NY –  Today, the New York legislature passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in its second consecutive session, officially bringing the amendment to New Yorkers for ratification on the 2024 November ballot.

The ERA (S.108-A Kreuger/A.1283 Seawright) would prohibit discrimination by the government based on a person’s ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, and sex — including their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes. It would also protect against any government actions that would curtail a person’s reproductive autonomy or their access to reproductive health care. The ERA would, for the first time, explicitly include language to clarify that discrimination based on a person’s pregnancy or pregnancy outcome is sex discrimination – an essential clarification given the national trend of criminalizing people for various pregnancy outcomes, as well as the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

https://www.nyclu.org/en/press-releases/equal-rights-amendment-advances-new-york-voters-november-2024

Zonta USA Caucus and the Zonta District Governors in NY STATE support the NYS Equal Rights Amendment 

New York State Constitution is wholly inadequate when it comes to ensuring equality. We need a constitution with broad protections for every New Yorker. The current New York State Constitution fails to prohibit discrimination against groups who have been historically targeted, including those with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, immigrants, women, and pregnant people.

In keeping with Zonta’s focus on Building a Better World for Women and Girls through Service and Advocacy, and in support of Constitutional Equality both at the State and National level, we encourage all Zonta Members, Clubs and Allies in NY State to get involved in building awareness and support for the measure on the 2024 Ballot.

Call to Action

If you are in New York State:  Join their email list to get updates. 

https://nyequalrights.org/

The NY ERA would:

explicitly prohibit discrimination by the government based on a person’s ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, and sex — including their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression — in addition to pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes.

It would also protect against any government actions that would curtail a person’s reproductive autonomy or their access to reproductive health care. For example, the ERA would prevent the State from:

  • implementing a state abortion ban
  • stopping state funding for abortion via Medicaid
  • banning private insurance coverage of abortion
  • prosecuting or criminalizing miscarriage
  • adding medically unnecessary burdens on patients or facilities
NY ERA website

NY State ERA News and Updates

Join New Yorkers for Equal Rights

Zonta USA Caucus encourages all Zonta Clubs in NY State to join the the New [...]

Additional NY STATE ERA Resources

NYCLU:  What you need to know about New York’s Equal Rights Amendment  https://www.nyclu.org/en/news/what-you-need-know-about-new-yorks-equal-rights-amendment

League of Women voters: NYSERA Facts

Brennan Center:  Want Gender Equality, Don’t Overlook State Constitutions