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Gaps in New York State Constitution protected classes exposed by abortion rights bill

As New York lawmakers move to shield abortion access, a proposed bill aimed at maintaining reproductive rights highlights the absence of protections from governmental discrimination based on ethnicity/national origin, age, gender/gender identity, disability and sexuality in the state’s constitution. The Equality Rights Amendment, which passed its first legislative session earlier this summer, would expand protected classes from just race and religion to the aforementioned categories.