May Recap

May Recap

Reproductive Rights Take Center Stage

Following the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Leagues have allied with reproductive rights partners to advocate for the constitutional right to control our own bodies via abortion and other health care decisions.

This included supporting the Women’s Health and Protection Act, which the Senate failed to pass, and co-sponsoring nationwide Bans Off Our Bodies efforts. 

The League remains an amicus partner in Dobbs and continues to push for reproductive justice through other gender equity reforms, such as the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Ending Gun Violence

In June, the Supreme Court will rule in the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen. The case will determine whether guns are allowed in public spaces such as polling locations. 

This comes on the heels of a month that saw 33 mass shootings within its first 15 days, and ultimately held two of the worst mass shootings in recent history in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas

The Leagues of the US, New York, and Florida are amicus partners in Bruen. On May 26, LWV submitted recommendations on gun safety reforms to Congressional Judiciary Committees. 

Supporters of gun reform are encouraged to contact their Senators about the necessity of passing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

Midterm Season Heats Up

Getting out the vote and ensuring fair elections are a focus of all Leagues this season.

The New York State League filed a lawsuit for the postponement of the June 28 primary. They argue that the New York State Board of Elections unlawfully certified the primary ballot for statewide offices, relying on an invalidated congressional map for qualifying petitions.

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