An open letter was sent Monday to Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx by a New York pro-choice group urging him to use his position as co-leader of the Senate to force a vote on the Women’s Equality Act.
The Women’s Equality Act was introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the 2013 State of the State. It sought to end discrimination and inequality based on gender. In the 10-point agenda, it also protects a woman’s right to choose, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
“Specifically, I would ask that you insist on a vote for the full 10-point Women’s Equality Act. Women of the state expect and deserve such a vote. We are confident that the legislation would pass if brought to the floor. But even if it did not, we view a vote on the matter to be a very positive development,” Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York wrote in the letter.
In 2013, the Women’s Equality Act passed in the state Assembly, but failed to pass in the state Senate because of opposition to the 10th point, which would strengthen abortion rights in New York.
Last week at his State of the State address, Cuomo urged legislators to “stop playing politics with women’s rights” and asked them to pass the women’s equality act this year.
Klein has said he supports the 10-point plank but that there isn’t enough support in the Senate for its passage. Senate Republicans share control with the four-member IDC.
A copy of the letter can be found below.