Cuomo Kills Women's Equality Bill

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Democrats for Life of America
Contact: Kristen Day -202-220-3066
June 24, 2013
Democrats For Life Urges Passage of Other 9 Points and New 10th Point to Support Pregnant Women
Washington, DC –Democrats for Life of America expressed disappointment over Governor Cuomo’s failure to pass a Women’s Equality bill and challenged  the New York Assembly to reconvene and pass the historic measures. The Governor’s abortion expansion language clearly prevented  passage of a package of bills to support women’s rights to address issues such as employment discrimination, paid maternity leave, domestic violence and human trafficking.
“The Governor had an opportunity to promote equal rights and opportunity for women,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director, Democrats For Life of America.  “ Instead, he advanced a cause for a vocal minority who want unfettered access to abortion.  Now his pro-choice allies and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are still blocking the nine points passed by the Senate.”

Abortion Language Will Prevent Passage of Women's Rights Package

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Democrats for Life of America
Feminists Choosing Life of New York
Contact: Kristen Day -202-220-3066
Consensus Means Removing Abortion Expansion
Albany, NY – Democrats For Life of New York and Feminists Choosing Life of New York issued an open letter to supporters of the Women’s Equality Act (WEA) to urge removal of the abortion expansion provisions. There is consensus and widespread support for the first nine points of the WEA concerning equality and safety for women, but not for the abortion language of the tenth point.
“Governor Cuomo stated that he is looking for consensus, and we have that on the first nine points of his proposal,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America.  “The abortion language is divisive, controversial, and unnecessary. The only purpose it serves is to scuttle passage of a bill to advance women’s rights. The governor should not put the demands of the abortion industry above good legislation to promote, protect, and support women.”
Forty years ago, the failure to include abortion-neutral language prevented passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. It was on the verge of passing with 35 states agreeing to ratify the Amendment. Abortion-neutral language was proposed but not included, causing five states to repeal their approval of that federal constitutional amendment and resulting in the ERA's eventual defeat.
“We should not make the same mistake today that our leaders made 40 years ago.  Most groups who support the Women’s Equality Act do not take a position on abortion,” said Carol Crossed, board member of DFL of New York. “We should work together to demand immediate passage of the nine points that we all agree on that will provide immediate support and equality for women.”

New York Dems Urge Cuomo to Support Women - Not Abortion Industry

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Democrats for Life of America
Democrats For Life of New York
Contact: Kristen Day -202-220-3066
April 18, 2013                                                                                                                           
New York Pro-Life Democrats Urge Governor
to Support Women – Not Abortion Industry
Albany, NY – New York Pro-life Democrats held a press conference this week to oppose Governor Cuomo’s abortion expansion proposal and to call for more support for pregnant women and their unborn children, the codification of federal law, and a re-commitment to Democratic values that protect the weakest—even if they are unborn.
“Abortion is big business in New York with unlimited public funding and an abortion rate twice the national average,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “The Governor’s proposal will not address the high abortion rate nor help pregnant women. The Governor’s proposal will help an influential and financially flush corporation increase its customer base and profit margin; that sounds more like a Republican value.”

Measure Steers Women to Clinics

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Pro-life Democrats enthusiastically greeted the many progressive components in the Women's Equality Act described by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, in areas such as family status discrimination, workplace sexual harassment and human trafficking. We were dismayed, however, at his inclusion of extremist measures that would promote abortion while repealing some existing protections for pregnant women.

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