NY Gov. Cuomo Introduces Women’s Equality Act

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is introducing a bill in Albany Tuesday that would strengthen abortion rights in the state.

The 10-point Women’s Equality Act would “protect a woman’s freedom of choice,” as well as address other roadblocks to full equality that New York women face, such as unequal pay and sexual harassment in the workplace.

In Tuesday’s Albany Times-Union, Cuomo counsel Mylan Denerstein asserts that the bill would simply codify Roe v. Wade into New York state law, not push the boundaries of abortion rights.

“There is no expansion of abortion rights in this bill,” she writes in an op-ed. “The governor is simply seeking to align our outdated state law to existing federal law and protect the rights women already have.”

The proposal itself states that the “state shall not deny a woman’s right to obtain an abortion as established by the United States Supreme Court in the 1973 decision Roe vs. Wade.”

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