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"Keep the Women’s Rights Bill Intact"

avra c.
divermate
New York, NY
Post #: 2,269
"Keep the Women’s Rights Bill Intact" NY Times 6/13/13

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed an excellent 10-point bill to protect women’s rights in New York State. The problem now is that legislators are trying to chip away at his effort, piece by piece, nibble by nibble.

State Senate leaders, for example, are trying to remove crucial sections of the bill that would ensure abortion rights in New York even if the United States Supreme Court erodes or overturns those protections in Roe v. Wade. It’s particularly distressing that Senator Diane Savino, who has been an abortion rights proponent and is part of a breakaway group of Democrats in the Senate, has said it’s time to set aside the abortion issue for now and pass the rest of the bill. There are others in the Senate and Assembly who are trying to weaken protections, including those for young victims of sex trafficking.

Some in the Assembly apparently object to raising the penalty for sex trafficking to make it a violent felony crime. That is the wrong move. They are also wrong to try to remove sections that would make certain drivers who deliver prostitutes in “brothels on wheels” covered in the trafficking statute. And, Senate leaders are inexplicably resisting a section that would make sure girls ages 16 and 17 engaging in prostitution would be treated as victims, not criminals.

Governor Cuomo’s entire bill, which pushes for equal pay for women and provides safeguards against housing discrimination among other features, deserves to be passed as is. With less than a week to go before the official end of the session, lawmakers should stop trying to dismantle the Women’s Equality Act.



Outrageously, with only a few days left for legislative action, the NY State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (Republican, Long Island District 9) has refused to allow this bill to even come to a vote! People must DEMAND that this bill be brought to the floor for an up or down vote by our elected representatives. That is what democracy is supposed to look like.

YOU CAN HELP...
Step 1: follow the Women's Equality Coalition Social Media:
Twitter: @NY4Women and use hashtags: #NY4Women, #WEA, #WomensEquality
Facebook: NY Women's Equality

Step 2: SHARE on your Facebook and Twitter a message to Senator Skelos on Twitter at @SenatorSkelos

Step 3: CALL Senator Skelos at 518-455-3171 and tell him you support all 10 points of the WEA.

NY State Residents: Not a Skelos constituent? You can also make a phone call to your Senator at 518-455-2800 and tell them you support all 10 points of the WEA. Then call your Assembly member at 518-455-4100 with the same message!

Equality for women is long overdue. Bring this bill to the floor!
caroline
user 9826276
New York, NY
Post #: 6
Great write up Avra! I just started following on FB and Twitter.
If you wanted to hold an event on this, please email me thinkactchangenyc@gmail.com


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