June 19 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and groups pushing a Women’s Equality Act have decided to split the omnibus legislation into 10 component parts, essentially unhooking a controversial tweak to the state’s abortion laws from measures that ensure pay equity and combat discrimination, human trafficking and domestic violence.
It’s unclear if this maneuver, which came less than 12 hours after Cuomo’s office released an updated version of the omnibus bill, would force a Senate vote on the abortion plank.
Officially, Gov. Cuomo, NY Senate GOP Dig in Their Heels on Women’s Equality Act.
June 18 — With the Senate still holding firm and blocking Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act (WEA), a revised version has been introduced in the Assembly. Among its several co-sponsors are Rockland’s Ken Zebrowki and Ellen Jaffe.
Recent changes to this legislation do nothing to alter the dangerous substance of the bill. A reference to the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is meaningless, since no state law can conflict with a federal law under the U.S. Constitution Supremacy Clause. The amendment to include a 24-week viability line is hollow as well, as the bill continues to add the “anything goes” health exception, legalizing abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy for virtually any reason.
Please call/email your Assembly representative ASAP and tell them to vote NO on A.8070. This vote will take place Wednesday or Thursday.
You can use this link to send an email to your representative.
Ellen Jaffe: 518-455-5118
Ken Zebrowski: 518-455-5735
James Skoufis: 518-455-5441
Annie Rabbitt: 518-455-5991
June 18 — By a 228-196 vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill today that would ban all abortions starting at 20 weeks’ gestation.
Rockland’s representative in the House, Nita Lowey, voted against this bill.
Rep. Chris Smith, the head of the pro-life caucus in the House spoke of how the Gosnell case “has finally peeled away the benign facade of the billion dollar abortion industry . . . The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a modest but necessary attempt to at least protect babies who are 20 weeks old—and pain-capable—from having to suffer and die from abortion.”
The Obama administration has already issued a statement indicating that President Obama would veto the bill if it passes in the Democratic-controlled Senate, which is unlikely.
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In Honor of our Fathers
by Guest Blogger Sean Patrick Miller
As we approach Father’s Day, there is a story that depicts the fortitude that many of our fathers unknowingly possess. It is a story of strength, determination, and commitment.
One evening, a woman who just turned 30 decided to go out and celebrate her 3 decades of life. On this night, she went to a bar and met a man whom she would eventually have intimate relations with. She learned soon thereafter that she was pregnant.
She was a bit anxious naturally. However, she was also strong, and she knew that she wanted her baby.
However, when she told the father, he vehemently denied the baby was his. He wanted nothing to do with it. Nevertheless, the mother was determined to keep her baby, and she made it clear that she would do anything for her child, with or without the help of the father. Continue reading
This week, Governor Cuomo and the abortion industry concocted a new scheme in which they would amend the abortion expansion bill to state that partial-birth abortions would not be allowed. Abortion advocates hoped that by taking this step, they would woo Republican senators to support late-term abortion expansion.
Because the Governor’s bill has nothing to do with partial-birth abortion and the proposed amendment would be meaningless, pro-life organizations moved swiftly to oppose this strategy.
Thankfully, it appears that state senators have not been taken in by the Governor’s latest ploy, and the Albany Times-Union (no friend of the pro-life movement) reported that an “attempt to make an abortion provision more palatable to Senate Republicans sputtered through the Capitol like a loose balloon Thursday before falling flat as lawmakers scattered for the weekend.”
Albany, June 14 — As we enter the final days of the legislative session, NY senators are still standing firm against Gov. Cuomo’s abortion bill.
Facing opposition, Cuomo has agreed to add additional language to try to make the abortion plank more acceptable, but a spokeswoman for Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said in a statement that “nothing has changed” when it comes to the conference’s position on the abortion provision in the 10-point Women’s Equality Act (WEA).
Meanwhile, women’s groups are taking aim at Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and blaming him for holding up the measure.
To keep up with the proceedings as things unfold, check out the website Capital Tonight or for real-time news as it breaks follow them on Twitter @CapitalTonight.
In these last, tense days of the Albany legislative session, Sen. Joseph Roback (R-Monroe County) has announced that he doesn’t support the portion of the Women’s Equality Act (WEA) that would bolster abortion laws in New York, eliminating a Republican vote women’s groups had hoped to lock down. Read the Albany Watch story here.
The Women’s Equality Act, now under consideration in Albany, contains many worthy efforts to protect women from discrimination and mistreatment. However, Part J — the abortion component – is extreme and unacceptable and would expand late-term abortion in NY.
For a short, concise, and clear analysis in everyday language of why we oppose Part J, click here. Please read this. It will help you understand the issue and explain it to your friends.
A Tribute to all Mothers
by Guest Blogger
From the very beginning of motherhood, a mother begins to sacrifice. Her entire life becomes a life of sacrificial love.
Once a woman realizes that she is pregnant, she may soon begin to experience morning sickness. Throughout her pregnancy she gives up her vanity as her “little one” increases in size. Physical discomfort becomes the norm as sitting and walking become more challenging as times goes on. Then, the pains of giving birth demand the attention of the mother entirely as her muscles contract and her will is tested beyond bravery. Continue reading
Prolifer demonstrators were there when Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic supporters arrived at at Nyack Beach State Park for their 80th Anniversary Celebration.
For more photos, Continue reading