Cuomo’s Push to Expand Abortions Hurts Measure to Punish Human Traffickers

State   |   Josh Brahm   |   Jun 17, 2014   |   4:47PM   |   Albany, NY

As LifeNews reported last month, pro-abortion-choice Senators from New York are pushing the so-called “Women’s Equality Act,” which would allow late-term abortions for virtually any reason. The law would also allow non-doctors to perform abortions. The bill was defeated last year.

In an effort to force the abortion-expanding legislation through, the New York Senators bundled it with several other bills that would actually help women.

The Associated Press reports that “the nine non-abortion-related provisions enjoy broad support in both the Assembly and Senate. andrewcuomobThe human trafficking proposal would strengthen penalties for forcing someone into sexual servitude and help victims defend themselves if charged with prostitution. Other pieces of the bill would combat wage discrimination, require that employers offer reasonable accommodations to pregnant women in the workplace, and help victims of domestic violence.”

The abortion standoff actually prevented the human trafficking bill from becoming law last year!

“God knows how many young women have been hurt because of this political nonsense about all 10 or nothing,” said Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican. “Every bill should stand on its own. If it’s a meritorious bill it should pass in both houses.”

Even some of the pro-abortion-choice legislators are calling for the bills to be broken up. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, said she’s frustrated that the trafficking bill has been hung up. She fears the standoff will outlive the session.

Everybody should be able to agree that more legal protection is needed to fight sex slavery. Keeping nine pieces of legislation that actually help women bundled with a contentious abortion bill makes it appear that some New York legislators care more about expanding abortion access than helping victims of sex slavery.

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