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Martins, Haber campaigns spar over 'women's agenda' (UPDATED)
Sparring over a package of bills called the “women’s agenda” continued Thursday, as Republicans released an ad Thursday criticizing Democrat Senate candidate Adam Haber’s stance. The Haber campaign called the ad a “cynical” distortion.
The ad, paid for by the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, knocks Haber for calling for the Legislature to pass all 10 bills in the package -- including a controversial abortion proposal. Haber is challenging Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola).
In June, the package failed at the State Capitol when Republicans called for splitting up the proposal into separate bills and key Democrats insisted on an all-or-nothing approach. Most of the other bills had broad support, including one to cut down on human trafficking. The abortion measure would match state law with the rights spelled out in the Roe v. Wade decision.
The stalemate ensured the issue would return in this year’s election campaigns. Already, it’s been a topic in the Martins-Haber contest.
The Republican ad says Haber is “playing politics with women’s equality.”
“Haber opposes a common-sense plan that requires equal pay for women and fights domestic violence and human trafficking. He says it has to include an extreme measure allowing non-doctors to perform abortions, even allowing late-term abortion up to the moment of birth.”
A Haber spokesman blasted the ad and called Martins “anti-choice.”
“This is a transparent attempt to distract voters from Jack Martins' consistent and outrageous anti-choice votes,” Haber spokesman Jacob Tugendrajch said. “Not only does anti-choice Jack Martins oppose Roe v Wade, but he even voted against a simple pay equity measure in 2011, blocking it in committee. The voters of Nassau deserve better than this cynical attempt to distort the past."
Republicans say the claim that Martins voted against a pay equity measure in committee is simply incorrect. They point out that Martins voted for the pay-equity bill in committee in 2011; the link to that vote is here.