Following the decision of the Supreme Court, New York now wants to enshrine the right to abortion in its constitution. However, it could take years for this process to be completed.
After the historic abortion decision by the highest US court, the state of New York now wants to enshrine the right to abortion in its constitution. In addition, the parliament of the east coast state introduced an amendment to the state constitution late on Friday evening (local time) in the capital Albany.
The extraordinary session was convened by Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul. The Supreme Court overturned liberal abortion laws in the United States last month after half a century.
According to a report by the New York Times, the decision in Albany is only the first step in a process that has lasted for years. After the next election, the change has to go through Parliament again before New York’s voters can also vote on it in a referendum. It aims to guarantee the right to abortion and access to contraception. In addition, the government should be explicitly forbidden to discriminate against someone because of pregnancy or because of their sexual orientation.
According to the “New York Times”, the ban is intended to anticipate further decisions that the Supreme Court could make – for example with regard to same-sex partnerships. With its decision, the mostly conservative court had cleared the way for stricter abortion laws in conservative parts of the USA. The state of New York with the metropolis of the same name is one of the most liberal US states.