Syracuse Mayor Miner calls on State Legislature to pass Cuomoâ??s Women's Equality Bill
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:29:28 GMT —
As lawmakers in Albany discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Bill, advocates in Central New York say they want to see something done by the end of this week's legislative session.
Standing in front of Syracuse's City Hall on Tuesday, supporters toted signs, and signed petitions to bring before lawmakers, to pass all ten parts of the Women's Bill of Rights.
The proposal calls for the end of workplace discrimination, and sexual harassment in the workplace, stronger laws against human trafficking for child prostitution, and a provision for abortion rights.
The abortion provision would make federal protections, that are already guaranteed by Roe v. Wade, into state law in case the Supreme Court ever overturned the landmark legislation which made abortion legal.
It's the only piece of the 10-part proposal that's being met with significant resistance.
Opponents say the measure is unnecessary, and would expand abortion.
More than 850 organizations and businesses across New York State have announced their support for the entire package. Governor Cuomo has said he won't accept the agenda without the abortion piece.
"We know that as Americans we won't get our rights until we fight for them," says Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. "This is a way to say very clearly to our state delegation that we are watching, and we expect all ten planks to be enacted, and if its not enacted then we're going to hold those leaders accountable for that."
"Poll after poll after poll has shown New Yorkers across all kinds of demographic characteristics support the legislation," says Betty DeFazio, the Director of Public Policy for the Planned Parenthood of Rochester and Syracuse Region. She says polling showed broad support from women and men, living in rural, urban and suburban neighborhoods, across party lines, different age groups and religions.
The legislative session is scheduled to end Thursday, but it could run into next week if lawmakers cannot come to an agreement.