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New York pro-abortionists still bitter that bill to expand abortion “rights” defeated

by | May 5, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Pro-abortion New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

It was NARAL’s Lobby Day in the New York legislature today, so you would expect they would find legislators (a) to bash anyone who dares to oppose their abortion extremism, and (b) to announce in the next breath that support for their agenda is the very epitome of bipartisanship.

A friend forwarded a story that appeared in the publication Capital New York which highlighted the remarks of pro-abortion state Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Before we address Ms. Stewart-Cousins’ observations, here is the lead sentence in Jimmy Vielkind’s story which in just 32 words captures the essence of the pro-abortion mindset:

A floor vote in the State Senate seems unlikely this year, but Democratic leaders in that chamber pledged Tuesday to keep pushing for a state law affirming the right to abortion access.

You would think from that observation that New York is practically a Red State, passing protective legislation like a Northeast version of Kansas or Oklahoma. In fact it is just the opposite.

What is the leader of the Senate Democrats alluding to when she accuses Senate Republicans of being “in a time of slumber”? Jessica Rodgers, Legislative Director, New York State Right to Life, explained it to NRL News Today readers in a brilliant post written for us back in March.

In a nutshell, going back to 2013, there was almost universal support in both Houses for nine of the ten-point Women’s Equality Act (WEA). The 10th point, the abortion expansion provision that would have also allowed non-doctors to perform abortions (among other provisions), passed overwhelmingly in the Assembly but was stopped in the Senate.

After the last election, Republicans gained enough seats to controll the state Senate. But pro-abortionists still were determined to hold to the all-or-nothing approach, which among other things, held hostage provisions that offered protections for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

Eventually, it took the fall from grace of Sheldon Silver, the former Assembly Speaker, before the new Assembly leader (Carl Heastie) decided to allow a vote on the individual pieces of the 10 point WEA. It had taken two years and three legislative sessions for true justice to arrive.

But, of course, Stewart-Cousins is still bitter. She told roughly 65 NARAL activists that her Republican colleagues were asleep at the switch and that New York–one of the most pro-abortion states in the union– needed the 10th point to “solve still-lingering problems of abortion access in the state,” according to Vielkind.

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