On February 19, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda. Speakers highlighting the Governor’s proposals included: Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, and actress Julianne Moore.
This is not the first time that the Governor has laid out a laundry list of proposals that he claims will benefit women; voters from across the state may recall Gov. Cuomo’s infamous 2013 Women’s Equality Act proposal (which included abortion expansion) as well as his 2018 Women’s Agenda for New York (which bears several similarities to this year’s effort). Like the Governor’s past proposals on women’s issues, the 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda includes some promising ideas that are overshadowed by his misguided fondness for abortion and homosexuality.
The 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda proposes to repeal the criminal statute of limitations for rape, create a statewide safe sleep campaign for infants (including the distribution of safe sleep kits), and promote child care, educational opportunities for young parents, after-school programs, and domestic violence prevention. All of these initiatives are promising.
Unfortunately, the 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda also includes the following objectionable proposals:
- A pro-abortion amendment to the New York State Constitution;
- “Healthy relationships education” for students in grade six to 12, including comprehensive sex education;
- Continued public awareness campaigns that promote abortion clinics;
- A proposed state-level Equal Rights Amendment that could be used to buttress the abortion and transgender agendas; and
- An insurance mandate for in vitro fertilization (that results in the destruction of embryos).
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms calls upon Gov. Cuomo to promote policies that actually help women.