Warring radio advertisements on a controversial abortion bill began airing this week, the latest in a series of efforts to garner public support and opposition.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to lay out his women’s rights agenda, although he has said it will include 10 measures to fight against discrimination, such as bills to crack down on human trafficking and pay inequity. But the cornerstone will be a bill to strengthen state abortion laws.
Cuomo has said his abortion bill will be different than the existing Reproductive Health Act, a proposal that has been floated in recent years. Supporters argue the bill would simply amend state law to reflect federal abortion rights. But opponents said the bill will expand access to abortion in a state where abortion rates are already among the highest in the country.
NARAL Pro-Choice New York, a group that supports abortion rights, released a radio advertisement Tuesday criticizing opponents of the governor’s so-called Women’s Equality Act.
The advertisement refers to a March 2013 Siena Research Institute poll that found that 80 percent of the state supports “a law that would guarantee every woman the right to make her private health care decisions regarding pregnancy.”
“This radio spot reminds legislators that the best way to truly represent the values and beliefs of the vast majority of New Yorkers is to support the Women’s Equality Agenda — and that the fact that it would protect the rights guaranteed in Roe v. Wade is a particularly strong selling point,” Andrea Miller, the group’s president, said in a statement.
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Today, the pro-life Chiaroscuro Foundation began airing a radio ad in Albany condemning the Reproductive Health Act, which would allow non-doctors with other advanced medical degrees, such as physician’s assistants or nurse practitioners, to perform the procedure.
“A girl can’t take an aspirin from a doctor in New York without her parent’s permission. But you’d let her receive a surgical abortion from someone without a medical degree? Without her parents knowledge?” the 30-second spot said. “I’m sorry, governor, but that’s crazy.”
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Another pro-life group, Feminists Choosing Life, launched two billboards last week in the Albany featuring images of a fetus and of a woman in the fetal position, painting both as victims of abortion. And New Yorkers for Life held a candlelight vigil outside the state Capitol on Monday protesting the bill.