Jun 21, 2013 — State lawmakers were finishing up their session for the year, working to approve a measure to build four gambling casinos upstate and create tax free zones at college campuses. But the final hours of the session were overshadowed by back and forth skirmishing over a Women's Equality Act, which ultimately, failed. Go to full article
Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Photo: Russell campaign "palmcard"
Jun 21, 2013 — After hours of emotional debate, the New York State Assembly passed the 10-point Women's Equality Act Thursday. It includes measures on equal pay, sexual harassment, and reproductive rights.
It's that last part, that codifies a woman's right to have an abortion, that's stalling the bill in the upper chamber. The State Senate is expected to take up only nine points of the bill today, excluding abortion. Go to full article
New York state's Senate chamber. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany, NY, May 02, 2013 — A key component of Governor Cuomo's 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the state Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Apr 18, 2012 — Pro-choice advocates promoting the women's reproductive health act say they are counting on Governor Andrew Cuomo to help the bill become law this year. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Historically, Republican women, such as First Lady Betty Ford, shown campaigning for the Equal Rights Amendment, have held progressive views on women's health issues.
Albany, NY, Apr 03, 2012 — The Obama administration set off a firestorm when it released rules requiring employer-provided health insurance to cover the cost of contraceptives. Leaders in the Catholic Church said the policy violates their right to religious freedom.
Meanwhile, states around the country are considering hundreds of bills addressing women's health care: everything from forcing women to carry dead fetuses to term, to forcing women who seek abortions to go through invasive ultrasounds, to cutting funding for health clinics. Many women say these bills violate their right to to make their own health care decisions, and will limit access to quality health care..
The New York State legislature is considering a bill called the Reproductive Health Act. It codifies a woman's right to contraception and abortion. But even so, some women see a trend, and they're worried. Go to full article
Gov Cuomo delivering his State of the State address.
Jan 14, 2011 — Much of the focus in the first two weeks of Governor Andrew Cuomo's term has been on the state's financial crisis, and the new governor's fiscally conservative prescriptions: a public employee wage freeze, spending cuts, a property tax cap.
Cuomo, a Democrat, is more in step with his party when it comes to social issues. Karen DeWitt explains. Go to full article
Jun 14, 2001 — Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation's largest reproductive rights group, visited Plattsburgh to help the regional chapter, Northern Adirondacks Planned Parenthood, celebrate its 30th anniversary. David Sommerstein spoke with Feldt, who urged supporters to mobilize in a tricky political landscape. Go to full article