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Letters: NY's equality and abortion bill

Opponents to expanded abortion rights in New York

Opponents to expanded abortion rights in New York state hold signs at the Capitol on Wednesday in Albany. Part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 10-point women's rights legislation aims to codify the federal Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights into state law. (June 12, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

While Newsday's support of bringing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed Women's Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote appears to be principled, Newsday fails to disclose existing issues that might highlight just how flawed the bill is and why Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) is correct to block its passage ["Allow a vote on abortion bill," Editorial, June 16].

The governor's proposal fails to reconcile legal inconsistencies with existing federal laws and statutes that limit abortion, such as the ban on taxpayer funding -- in New York, taxpayers pay for Medicaid abortions --or protections for unborn victims of violence.

It has been estimated that there are 1 million to 2 million couples in the United States who are waiting to adopt a child. As a progressive society, we simply must do more to promote adoption as a viable, life-giving alternative to abortion.

Michael P. Mulhall, Rockville Centre

It's a sad commentary on the Republican Party that even in New York State the party wants to prevent a vote on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Women's Equality Act. The legislation would strengthen equal pay provisions, laws against human trafficking and protections against sexual harassment in the workplace.

Because it also includes legislation safeguarding a woman's right to choose, Sen. Dean Skelos won't allow a vote, and his reasoning is disingenuous: that abortion is already safe and legal.

The national Republican Party continues its war on women's access to abortion. Our governor wants to have protection in place should Roe v. Wade be overturned. The Republicans should pay a price for this in coming elections.

Florence DeVito, Floral Park


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