Officials, advocates push reproductive health bill

<p>Some state officials and Hudson Valley advocates are calling for the passage of a law that would protect the productive rights of women in New York.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 28, 2018, 3:46 PM

Updated 2,096 days ago

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Some state officials and Hudson Valley advocates are calling for the passage of a law that would protect the productive rights of women in New York.
Surrounded by women's rights advocates and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul at the Chappaqua train station Friday, state Senate candidate Peter Harckham vowed that if elected, he would support the passage of the Reproductive Health Act to codify Roe v. Wade into New York state law.
Advocates are concerned that if conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh is elevated to the Supreme Court, there is a good chance the landmark 1973 decision will be overturned.
"We have committed to pass the Reproductive Health Act in our first 30 days," Harckham promised.
The measure has passed in the state Assembly for several years but failed to come up for a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. Advocates blasted incumbent Republican state Sen. Terrence Murphy, who represents the 40th District, for standing with President Donald Trump and not the women in his district.
Murphy fired back at the assertions from advocates and Harckham, calling it a desperate attempt by his opponent to distract voters from the facts. 
"I sponsored and passed the Women's Equality Agenda," Murphy said in a statement. "I sponsored and passed the state's new sexual harassment law. I sponsored and passed new laws to protect victims of rape and domestic violence that were approved this year."
Women's rights advocates are also pushing for the passage of the Contraception Coverage Act and the Child Victims Act.


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