I am writing in support of Gov. Cuomo’s “Women’s Equality Agenda,” a bill that protects women’s rights in 10 critical areas of continuing discrimination and inequality in New York state. Among other important reforms, the bill proposes moving the regulation of abortion out of the criminal code and into the Public Health Law, where it belongs. In doing so, New York state law would ensure that a doctor can provide the medical care a woman needs if something goes terribly wrong at any point in her pregnancy without being subject to criminal investigation.
Some have tried to scare the public by claiming that Gov. Cuomo’s bill expands abortion rights. This is not the case. By aligning state and federal law, women and their doctors will be assured that in New York, women’s health is a medical issue that will be managed in accordance with medical standards, not ideological ones.
I urge all who support the New York Women’s Equality Bill to write immediately to their state representatives.