Cuomo Women's Rights Bill Applauded by Women's Groups, Faces Challenges in Senate
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 10-point proposal calling for women's rights protections from the work place to the shadowy world of human trafficking was endorsed by several women's advocates Tuesday, but faces strong opposition in the Senate over its abortion provisions.
Cuomo released the bill Tuesday, detailing his women's rights proposal for the first time since he announced the initiative six months ago in his State of the State speech.
The bill calls for equal pay for equal work, ending discrimination in employment and housing to pregnant women and single mothers, better protections for domestic violence victims, and sexual harassment enforcement at even the state's smallest businesses.
The legislation also would make it easier to prosecute child prostitution and crack down on discrimination by landlords against women using rent subsidies.
But among the many provisions, opponents zeroed in on the governor's proposed changes to abortion laws.
Cuomo's proposal would allow late-term abortions until "viability" or "to protect the health and life of the woman."
New York's current law was written before the landmark Roe v. Wade court decision of 1973.
Cuomo's bill would also remove the regulation of abortion by criminal laws and, instead, place it under health law.
Republicans say that provision would allow people other than doctors to perform abortions without facing arrest.