The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was not the only bad bill passed by the New York State Legislature on January 22, 2019. The Senate and the Assembly each passed two other bills that threaten human life and religious liberty: The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) and the Boss Bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign both bills into law.
The CCCA (Bill S.659-A-Salazar/A.585-A-Cahill) will require group insurance policies to cover abortion-causing drugs, voluntary sterilization procedures, and other FDA-approved contraceptive devices without restrictions, copays, or cost sharing. It is deeply disturbing that abortion-causing drugs are legal and available in the first place. Mandating that insurance policies cover such drugs only makes it more likely that they will be used. Unfortunately, the Legislature did not share our concerns about this bill; the CCCA passed the Senate by a vote of 51-11 and passed the Assembly by a vote of 100-39. (Curious how your elected officials voted on the CCCA? Please view the Senate vote record here and the Assembly vote record here. Unsure which elected officials represent you? Please visit New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms’ Legislative Action Center to find out.)
The Boss Bill (Bill S.660-Metzger/A.584-Jaffee) will ban employment discrimination based on an employee’s reproductive health decision-making, or based on the reproductive health decision-making of a dependent of that employee. While these types of decisions are generally irrelevant in the workplace, the concern here is that the Boss Bill offers no exception for faith-based charities with pro-life employee conduct policies. If a Christian summer camp finds out that a camp counselor has undergone an abortion, the Boss Bill will prevent that summer camp from taking any disciplinary action that it may deem necessary to uphold its Christian principles. The Boss Bill passed the Senate 56-6 and passed the Assembly 105-33. (The Senate vote record on the Boss Bill can be viewed here, and the Assembly vote record can be viewed here.)