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April 27, 2013

Cuomo's abortion bid stirs debate


Achieve pay equity for women doing similar jobs as men and make it tougher for employers to justify pay inequities in court.

• Stop sexual harassment in all workplaces.

• Allow for the recovery of attorneys’ fees in employment and credit and lending cases

• Strengthen human trafficking laws

• End family status discrimination

• Stop source-of-income discrimination

• Stop housing discrimination for victims of domestic violence

• Stop discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace, and protect victims of domestic violence by strengthening order-of-protection laws

An advocate for Cuomo’s “women’s agenda,” state Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, said even though Cuomo has yet to make public the language he intends to put in the legislation, there is still plenty of time for the package to be introduced so that it can be debated and voted on in the current legislative session.

Krueger, one of the sponsors of the Reproductive Health Act, also said she is convinced Cuomo’s strategy to stitch together all of the proposals into a single piece of legislation should help propel it to passage.

“I have carried four of these 10 bills, and they haven’t been moving on their own,” Krueger said, “and the other bills have been out there on there own as well. I simply can’t accept the argument that there is more of a chance to move them separately because we’ve tried it that way. With pretty clear messaging from the governor — that he is passionate about accomplishing this — it’s a better way to go.”

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