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Senate Democrats Push Republicans on Women's Issues

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In a letter signed by female Democratic state senators to the senate's Republican majority leader, Dean Skelos, Senate Democrats accuse their Republican colleagues of waging the "war on women" here in New York.

"Women are facing increased pressure and continued assaults on their hard-won rights to equal treatment and reproductive healthcare," the letter said. "These attacks are part of a radical agenda that has no place in New York, yet your conference has acted in ways that suggest many of its members share these restrictive and frightening views."

The letter focuses on three issues--equal pay for women, the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, and changes to the domestic violence law--being pushed by senate Democrats in this session. The Reproductive Health Act has so far proved the most contentious. Democrats accuse their Republican colleagues in the senate of purposefully sidetracking the bill to "avoid any and all discussion or votes" on the legislation.

Earlier this week Council Speaker Christine Quinn also urged the state legislature to pass the bill, adding her unequivocal support for abortion access in New York.

"I don’t think there should be restrictions on abortion," she said at a press conference.

The letter to Skelos was signed by Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Shirley Huntley, Liz Krueger, Velmanette Montgomery, Suzi Oppenheimer, Toby Ann Stavisky, and Andrew Stewart-Cousins.

A request for comment from Skelo's office has so far not been returned, but we'll update if they do.


Women's Issues Letter to Senator Skelos