Abortion Opponents Want to See What's In Governor's "Women's Equity Act"
Abortion opponents are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo make his abortion bill public so it can be reviewed.
Conservative groups and the Catholic Church -- want to see the abortion bill Governor Cuomo is working on, opponents are asking how the measure will be different from an existing, controversial proposal, that has failed to garner support in the State Legislature.
Back on January 9th during his State of the State message Cuomo announced that he would push a 10-point “Women’s Equality Act,” which would include a piece that solidifies state law regarding women’s abortion rights as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. The package includes other points, including legislation enhancing pay equity, cracking down on sex trafficking and ending pregnancy discrimination.
Opponents of a previous bill call the Reproductive Health Act an “abortion expansion act,” claiming it would increase access to abortions, particularly in the third trimester of pregnancy. Cuomo and supporters say they’re simply updating current New York statute, which is more restrictive than federal law, rendering it obsolete.
Opponents say they hope the women’s rights bill won’t be hastily passed through the Legislature, like the state’s new gun laws, which were introduced, approved by both chambers and signed by Cuomo in less than 24 hours.