June 22, 2013
For Immediate Release
NOW-NYS Cheers Defeat of New York's "Cage-Fighting Bill"
The National Organization for Women-NYS (NOW-NYS) is pleased to announce that legislation known as the "Cage Fighting" Bill will not pass in New York State. This New York Assembly Bill 6506 would have allowed professional human mixed martial arts events in our state. These dangerous, barbaric spectacles have been banned in New York for many years; and NOW-NYS was instrumental in making sure this legislation did not reach the floor for a vote.
NOW-NYS President Zenaida Mendez said of the matter: "We are very pleased that the Cage Fighting Bill didn't make to this legislative calendar; and we are looking forward to keeping it that way for years to come."
Past NOW-NYS President Marilyn Fitterman added: "I am appalled that our legislators would even consider this bizarre bill, while declining to pass the Women's Equality Act, just because it secures women's reproductive health and rights. Imagine, the WEA would save lives and the "Cage Fighting" Bill would endanger them. What does that say about those legislators?"
Mendez continued: "NOW-NYS has made it clear to Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) that this type of so called "sport" would be detrimental to the lives and safety of women. Violence begets violence, and when we desensitize our communities to violence, women become the recipients of violence in the majority of cases."
Mendez concluded : "NOW-NYS thanks its chapters, members, and the coalition of organizations that opposed this legislation."