Sen. Joseph Robach said he doesn’t support a portion of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s women’s agenda that would bolster abortion laws in New York, eliminating a Republican vote that women’s groups had hoped to lock down.
“I heard loud and clear from a lot of people in my district—and I feel it, also—that going above and beyond Roe v. Wade to open the door for partial-birth abortion is not necessary,” Robach said Monday. “If the governor wanted to codify Roe v. Wade, he could have said that in one sentence.”
Cuomo unveiled the bill language to his 10-point “Women’s Equality Act” last week, including measures—most with broad support—that would strengthen human-trafficking laws and implement equal pay legislation in New York. But it also included the abortion language, which Senate Republicans say they do not support.
With at least two Democrats expected to vote against the abortion plank, Robach had been identified by women’s groups as a potential swing vote. They had aired ads in his district urging him to support it.
Robach says he supports much of the rest of Cuomo’s women’s agenda.
“Clearly, I think doing a women’s equity piece makes all the sense in the world,” Robach said. “I’d like to see even more things on there. I have a couple of bills on domestic violence, allowing for … leave and better orders of protection to protect women. I think there’s things that could be added to make it better.”