ALBANY, N.Y. – Pro-life advocates from "New Yorkers for Life," a coalition of organizations that oppose the freedom of choice provision included in Governor Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Act, will line the halls of the Capitol Wednesday.
Cuomo introduced the new legislation last week, with the support of the Women's Equality Coalition. The legislation aims to achieve equal pay, stop sexual harassment, prevent pregnancy discrimination in workplaces, strengthen human trafficking laws and protection for domestic violence victims, end family status discrimination and protect a woman's freedom of choice.
Hundreds of "New Yorkers for Life" are expected to host the "Stop the Abortion Expansion Act" Advocacy Day from 2 -5 p.m. in a move to voice opposition for the single provision included in the legislation that would codify existing Supreme Court law to protect a woman's right to obtain an abortion prior to viability, or when necessary to protect her life or health. The proposed bill suggests that current New York state law that protects a women's freedom of choice is outdated and does not conform to protections outlined in Roe v. Wade.
The coalition argues that there is no need for expanded access to abortion, but there is a need to support incentives to promote adoption. The group also claims the effort would be better directed in developing policies to help women and girls with pre-natal and post-natal care, protections against pregnancy discrimination and access to affordable childcare.