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N.Y., protect abortion rights now: Roe v. Wade could be overturned, which means we must update our backward laws to safeguard women's medical choices

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Earlier this week, as Gov. Cuomo and Hillary Clinton forcefully demanded passage of New York State’s Reproductive Health Act, I had a flashback. In 2013, the governor unveiled a 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda. Its parts included pay equity, ending housing discrimination for victims of domestic violence, strengthening human trafficking laws and stopping pregnancy discrimination.

At the time, both the Senate (then controlled by Republicans) and the Assembly (overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats) were in agreement on nine parts of the agenda. Republicans refused to move forward on the tenth point — the Reproductive Health Act — threatening to derail the entire package.

As we took our case to the public, our administration came up against strong opposition from the Catholic Church, Republicans and conservatives statewide, and editorial boards — including this one.

I will never........

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