A Strong Voice for Women
WWA is a diverse and united group of women who come together to make Westchester County a better place for women, and for all. We welcome you to join us. Once you become a member, we also encourage you to join one of our five working groups, visualized below. Not yet a member? Join here.
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Today’s Supreme Court Decision is Anti-Women
and Your Right to an Abortion is Now Determined by Your Zip Code
The extraordinary and disappointing ruling by the Supreme Court to end federal protection of abortion rights is an attack on women’s rights and freedoms, dismantling the federal constitutional right after nearly 50 years.
Without the Supreme Court’s protection, many states across the country will quickly ban abortion. This decision will fuel lawmakers to enact draconian bans, even prohibiting women and girls from getting an abortion who find themselves pregnant due to rape or incest.
The WWA is outraged by this decision. The Court’s stance is hypocritical and misleading.
This is a blatant curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.
We commend Governor Hochul and the NYS legislature for all they are doing to expand reproductive health care rights and facilities in New York State and provide a safe harbor for women seeking abortions, those who aid them and protection from repercussions for abortion providers.
But, more must be done on the state and local level!
- WWA calls upon the New York State Legislators to return to Albany immediately and pass the Equality Amendment to ensure access to abortion care is not taken away in New York. (There will be more information on how you can get involved coming soon.)
- WWA calls upon its members and all Westchester NY residents to contact their NYS Legislators to tell them to pass the bill immediately.
- Sign a petition asking the FDA to lift the politically motivated/medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion medication now. https://chng.it/HvKNKGkCFM
- Support women in other states who are in need of a safe abortion by donating to local abortion funds at www.abortionfunds.org.
The new law “will protect health care workers and patients seeking medical treatment from being obstructed from entering or exiting a reproductive health care facility and from harassing behavior from persons within specific distances of the premises. It enacts a 25-foot no-harassment zone around the facility’s perimeter and establishes the designation of an 8-foot personal space bubble surrounding the person within 100 feet of the facility.”
You can see the signing, read the bill, and learn more here: https://www.westchesterlegislators.com/latest-news/3236-bol-approves-reproductive-health-care-facilities-access-act
This bill was in the works for over ten years. WWA helped get it to the top of the BOL agenda earlier this spring. See https://westchesterlegislators.com/latest-news/3228-bol-introduces-reproductive-health-care-facilities-access-act
Many WWA members helped to get the bill across the finish line. Testimony from those at Hope’s Door, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, WWA’s Reproductive Justice Working Group, and others were important public input that helped craft the final legislation.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT RULING
AND HOW IT IMPACTS WOMEN IN WESTCHESTER BY CLICKING HERE
Thank you to our generous sponsor Jill Singer Graphics for the design of our logo in June 2019.
Thank you to Emily and Jamie DePauw who created our WWA Welcome Graphic: “Solving the Puzzle of WWA Advocacy”