Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Victory in New York State for Women and Children

No Fault Divorce Legislation DEFEATED
 in Senate Judiciary Committee Today!  
A win for women in NYS!

Today at 10:00 am, the Judiciary Committee  voted on the No Fault Divorce legislation (S3890).  It was DEFEATED!  Over the years you have all  understood that divorce is complicated and this legislation is dangerous for women and children.  In every state where No Fault Divorce has become law, the results have been devastating for women and children.  Experts will tell you that the reason this happens is that No Fault Divorce takes away the bargaining power from women.  This means that a husband/father can literally walk away and leave women and children in a state of poverty.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to write emails to members of the Judiciary committee. We appreciate that you took the time to read our email and understand why NOW-NYS takes this position.  We are not in the business of making judgments about anyone's marriage. We understand that divorce occurs in our society, BUT we are in the business of making sure that women and children receive their fair share.    And the fact that many of you wrote to the Judiciary with your concerns tells us that you understand and  care about women and children too.

So again, thank you for your unwavering commitment to women and children.  We could not have achieved this victory without you!  However, this fight is not over.  The sponsor of this bill (Senator Ruth-Hassell Thompson) stated openly during  the committee meeting that she would be back with more legislation.  This is very disappointing since we have, in the past, considered Ms.Thompson a friend to NOW and women.  We must not allow this threat to deter us.  We must not continue to push for better laws that protect women and children when divorce occurs.  Please help us do this by donating to NOW-NYS.  You can make your donation on line at https://www.nownys.com/donate.htm1  

In Sisterhood and for Equality,
Marcia Pappas

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