New York is the first state in the nation to take action in response to the U. S. Supreme Courtâ€™s divisive Hobby Lobby decision.
Today, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he together with State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer would propose legislation in Albany that would help to shield New York women from the effect of the Courtâ€™s decision.
The legislation to be proposed is the brainchild of WCLA â€“ Choice Matters. Â We are incredibly proud that our idea is now theÂ Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act.
Immediately following the June 30thÂ Hobby Lobby decision, Choice Matters approached Attorney General Schneidermanâ€™s office with a simple straight-forward idea: Create legislation that requires employers to disclose whether or not they provide contraceptive coverage, and if they change the coverage, require that the company disclose the change.
We cannot change the Hobby Lobby decision right now, but we can make sure New York women know what they are getting into when seeking employment, or if their employer changes its policy.