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October 21, 2016
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Bonacic seen as key in Women’s Equality Act; Abortion issue is a sticking point

Senator John Bonacic
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“As a professional woman—from Eldred, myself—what I, and I think most women, hope, is that those important issues are not lumped in with efforts to allow extreme late-term abortion practices, thus putting a political poison pill in just to sink the rest of those issues and create a political issue. Stopping wage and housing discrimination and stopping sexual harassment matters to women all over our state, far more than expanding ultra-late term abortions in New York.”

Cuomo has been working hard over the past few months to promote the act as well as other progressive causes. In remarks at the Yale Club on May 6, he said, “With all our sophistication and all our education and all our wealth, in the greatest city in the greatest state on the planet, we still discriminate against women.

“You’d be hard pressed to go back and find any great social, progressive movement in this country that wasn’t birthed in this state. The environmental movement started here at Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River. Workers’ rights came out of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire... NAACP birthed here; gay rights movement started at the Stonewall; women’s rights, Seneca Falls; obviously, we started it here.”

But, Cuomo said, “We lost our way somewhat over the past few decades.”

Cuomo’s proposed legislation is being supported by the New York Women’s Equality Coalition, which according to the organization’s website “is comprised of more than 800 labor groups, businesses, religious groups and women’s organizations united in vigorous support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.”

The 10 points of the Women’s Equality Act:

  • Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice
  • Achieve Pay Equity
  • Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces
  • Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Cases
  • Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws
  • End Family Status Discrimination
  • Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination
  • Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Stop Pregnancy Discrimination Once and for All
  • Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws