June 20 — Today the NYS Assembly passed Gov. Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act (A.8070, which includes abortion expansion) by a vote of 97 to 47.
Republican Annie Rabbitt voted against the bill — and we are grateful to her for standing strong and speaking out against it on the floor of the Assembly.
The other three representatives from Rockland voted for the bill, which will expand late-term abortion: Democrats Ellen Jaffee, Ken Zebrowski, and James Skoufis.
During the debate, the sponsors finally admitted that the bill would allow non-physicians to perform abortions.
Speaker Silver and Women’s Coalition groups then held a celebratory news conference to put pressure on the Senate to vote on the entire package. The Governor then sent out an email to add additional pressure.
The situation in the Senate is still not completely resolved. There are reports that abortion advocates will try to use a procedural maneuver to bring the abortion expansion proposal to the floor of the Senate. We believe that there are enough votes to defeat this effort, and to keep the bill from even being considered. But it will be a close call, and the change of even one vote could be decisive.
PLEASE continue to pray — and call you senator one last time and ask him to oppose the abortion provision in the Women’s Equality Act.
If you live in Haverstraw or Stony point, your senator is William Larkin. 518-455-2770.
If you live in any other part of the county, your senator is David Carlucci. 518-455-2991