New Yorkers for Life, a group that opposes abortion, will hold a candlelight vigil Monday outside the state Capitol protesting a bill that would codify federal abortion rights in state law.
Opponents claim the bill, which is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, will lead to expanded access to abortion in the state. New York has among the highest abortion rates in the country; in 2008, the most recent available data year, 33 percent of pregnancies in the state ended in abortion.
The group will gather in West Capitol Park on Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. for a silent candlelight vigil.
“New Yorkers for Life asks one simple question regarding the mother and her unborn child: ‘Can’t we love them both?'” the group said in a statement Friday. “New Yorkers for Life believes we can — and should.”