The National Organization for Women (NOW) kicked off Lobby Day for Women's Equality Agenda with a press conference on Tuesday, April 23rd at the LCA Press Room in Albany, NY. A known advocate for women's rights, Leader Stewart-Cousins spoke at the press conference and said, "As a national progressive leader, New York State has made great strides in protecting women's hard-won rights, but more must be done. We must pass the Women's Equality Agenda including enacting the fair pay act, protecting victims of domestic violence from discrimination, and finally give women complete control over their own health care decisions.
But Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins believes an abortion rights bill can pass and will gain Republican support, pointing out that the state's original abortion law did receive GOP backing. Stewart-Cousins said, “When we passed the bill that allowed for abortion in 1970, we had Republican votes. I believe we will have Republican votes.”
Leader Stewart-Cousins spoke about Campaign Finance Reform and Women's Equality Agenda at the Reform Jewish Voice of NYS Advocacy Day which took place at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. Pictured with her is Rabbi Marcus Burstein of Westchester Reform Temple.
“The Governor’s Women’s Equality Agenda has been discussed and debated the entire session. Any distraction from passing this is unfortunate. The women of New York deserve a vote on the Governor’s full 10 point plan.”
“All 10 points of this legislative package are crucial for the women of New York including the reproductive health legislation. This legislation simply reconciles state and federal law to protect a woman’s right to choose. In 1970, when the issue of reproductive health was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. Women’s health and equality is not a Republican or Democratic issue. The women of New York deserve a vote on the entire Women’s Equality Act and deserve to know where their elected officials stand on these important issues.”
Senate Democrats want the Senate leadership to hold a vote on the women’s agenda detailed today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including strengthening abortion laws in New York.
“All 10 points of this legislative package are crucial for the women of New York including the reproductive health legislation. This legislation simply reconciles state and federal law to protect a woman’s right to choose,” said Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, in a statement.
“The Senate Democratic Conference stands with Governor Cuomo in calling for all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Agenda to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Women’s health and equality should not be a Republican or Democratic issue. The women of New York deserve a vote on the entire Women’s Equality Act and deserve to know where their elected officials stand on these important issues.”