Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains hopeful state lawmakers in the Assembly will advance a bill that would legalize gestational surrogacy by the end of the session.

“I believe the votes exist in the Assembly if it comes to the floor, but that is an open issue,” Cuomo said in an interview on WAMC on Friday morning.

The measure was approved last week in the state Senate, but faces hurdles in the Assembly, where some lawmakers are concerned the measure would lead to women being taken advantage of by being paid to carry a child to term.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has raised concerns with the bill as well.

But Cuomo acknowledged the issues that have been raised in the interview, but said there are safeguards against exploitation.

“By the way, that’s a real concern,” he said. “I think you can protect against it and I think our bill does.”

The bill is backed by LGBTQ organizations and Cuomo has linked the measure to other successes for the community, like the legalization of same-sex marriage.

“We’ve been very progressive on these issues and I don’t know why we would take a step back,” Cuomo said.

Earlier this week the Women’s Bar Association backed the measure.

“As one of only three states in the country that still bans surrogacy agreements, it’s long past the time for us to catch up,” said Risa Levine, an attorney with the group. “On the heels of the State Senate’s passage of the bill yesterday, we urge the New York State Assembly to join their colleagues in passing the Child-Parent Security Act this year and helping to continue New York’s proud progressive legacy.”