Sen. Liz Krueger, who said earlier Thursday that she was “disappointed” Senate leadership did not take up a resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, argued in a statement her proposal did not violate Senate guidelines.
Senate Republicans and their coalition colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference argued the resolution, celebrating the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, advocated an ideology and policy position.
“Huh? Commemorating Roe v. Wade isn’t endorsing a political party platform, it’s recognizing and commemorating an historical event and settled law,” Krueger said in a statement, responding. “Similarly, today in the Senate we voted on a resolution commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation.
“Women’s health and equality are not and should not be partisan issues, and I do not understand why anyone would try to make that argument against a simple resolution commemorating an important historical event,” she finished.
Meanwhile, groups landing on either side of the abortion debate offered opinions Thursday on the Reproductive Health Act, a bill that would codify women’s abortion rights in state law.
The state Public Affairs Committee of New York’s Junior Leagues, a group representing 18 groups with more than 8,000 women, released a statement Thursday supporting the bill and other components of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act.
“We applaud Governor Cuomo for his ground-breaking efforts to make sure that the women of New York State are represented and treated fairly,” Denise Murphy McGraw, NYSPAC co-chair and member of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, said. “NYSPAC has long advocated for legislation that improves the lives of women and children statewide. Pushing the Women’s Equality Act forward will make New York a trailblazer in these areas and go a long way toward breaking down barriers that perpetuate gender discrimination.”
Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, wrote a column Thursday questioning Cuomo’s motives in pushing the law.
“In New York City, four out of every 10 pregnancies end in abortion, double the national average, mostly poor Black and Latino women. In some parts of New York City, the number is 6 in 10,” he wrote. “Yet some of our elected officials in Albany are pushing a bill, believe it or not, to expand abortion access even further. It’s as though, in their minds, our state motto, “Excelsior” (“Ever Upward”) applies to the abortion rate!”