Amedore Affirms He’d Vote No On Abortion Provision In WEA (Updated)
From the morning memo, the second item:
Republican Senate candidate George Amedore in a Capital Tonight interview on Wednesday said he’d vote against the abortion provision in the 10-point women’s agenda, saying it goes further than what women’s advocates claim.
“I’m pro-life and I will not support, I cannot support any radical extreme legislation that would put New York state women and their life at risk,” Amedore said.
The package of measures in the Women’s Equality Act include anti-human trafficking legislation, pay equity protections and provisions against housing discrimination.
But Republicans in the Senate — who have held votes on separate items in the agenda — remain opposed to the abortion plank in the omnibus version of the legislation.
Supporters of the bill say it will codify the Roe v. Wade decision in state law as an added protection should abortion rights be rolled back on the federal level.
But opponents of the measure contend it as unnecessary expansion of existing abortion laws.
“I think it’s very unfortunate the Democratic Party has literally made this a campaign issue,” Amedore said. “There’s 10 points. Nine of the 10 points I 100 percent support. They should be law today. It would put women at a much better place.”
Amedore is launching a second campaign for the state Senate district represented by Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, who defeated him in 2012 by a razor-thin 18-vote margin.
The seat, added by Republicans during the redistricting process in 2012, stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Hudson Valley.
With Amedore, a former assemblyman, running for the seat again the race is expected to be another battleground for control of the Senate.
Tkaczyk’s victory two years ago was attributed in part to a concerted effort by organizations backing the public financing of political campaigns, which launched a paid advertising effort as well as field operation on her behalf.
Updated: Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy weighs in.
“Two years ago George Amedore said he was anti-choice, no exceptions. George has continued to spread his extremist views on protecting women’s health stating that he does not support the Women’s Equality Act,” he said. “This is the same George Amedore who voted against pay equity every time it was brought to the floor during his three terms in the State Assembly. The voters of the 46th Senate District rejected George’s extremist, out-of-touch views in 2012, and they will reject him again this November.”
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