Pro-choice groups released television advertisements targeting three state senators this week, including one telling voters to call Monroe County Republican Joseph Robach and ask him to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s women’s rights agenda.
The ads are tweaked versions of a commercial the groups released earlier this month. While they show women, as the subjects speak, men’s voices are heard.
The commercials highlight statistics that demonstrate where women are not equal to men in society — they make less money, are less likely to advance to corporate leadership, are more likely to be sexually harassed or abused, are more likely to live in poverty with single children or in old age.
One ad ends with a call to Rochester-area voters: “Tell Senator Robach we need a women’s equality agenda.”
Robach is from Irondequoit, a suburb.
Cuomo’s 10-piece package includes a controversial abortion bill, which Senate Republicans have refused to support. Cuomo argues the bill would simply update New York’s laws to reflect federal abortion rights, but opponents say it would expand access to abortion. The governor has not yet released his bill.
The two other senators targeted by the ads are Sen. Phil Boyle, a Long Island Republican, and Sen. David Valesky, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference from Syracuse.