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Open Letter to Supporters of Women's Equality Act (WEA)

Open Letter to Supporters of the Women’s Equality Act       May 1, 2013       Dear Friend,       We are writing to groups and individuals who signed on as supporters of the Women’s Equality Act that Governor Cuomo announced in his State of the State address in January.       While nine of the Act’s ten points are widely embraced in feminist and progressive circles, the tenth point, which the Governor calls the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), should give pause to many supporters of the broader legislative effort. The blanket support of the Women’s Equality Act has given the Governor an opening to promote abortion, even...

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WOMEN DESERVE MORE SUPPORT -- NOT ABORTION

Democrats in New York are championing the most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation. Governor Andrew Cuomo added the strong abortion language to a Women's Equity bill aimed at addressing human trafficking, pay equity for women, and domestic violence. The abortion language would allow late-term abortions, allow non-doctors to perform abortions, and supersede any reasonable restrictions such as parental notification, in a state that already has one of the highest abortion rates. It is out of touch with the views of most Americans, out of touch with the views of most Democrats, and could hamper real reform for women's rights.   Democratic Senator Jeff Klein, who supports...

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PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR PHIL PUCKETT PROVIDES PRO-LIFE VICTORY IN VIRGINIA

  Late last night, Virginia joined a number of states who have adopted legislation to prohibit abortion coverage in state-based exchanges.  Democratic Senator Phil Puckett provided the critical 20th vote which allowed the Lieutenant Governor to vote and break the 20-20 tie.  Democratic Senator Chuck Colgan also supported the pro-life legislation.     Senator Puckett has a long and strong pro-life record.  In addition to his crucial vote banning abortion in the state-based health exchanges, this legislative session Senator Puckett also provided a key vote to mandate that abortion clinics meet basic health and safety standards in Virginia.  Pro-life...

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