We can make New York State
a Reproductive Rights Sanctuary
– But Not Without Your Help!
We Know Donald Trump intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. He confirmed that again on 60 Minutes, when he promised to appoint only â€œpro-lifeâ€ (sic) judges to the U.S. Supreme Court who will overturn Roe and make abortion a â€œstatesâ€™ rightsâ€ issue again. Trump has surrounded himself with extremists, beginning with picking the most ardent anti-choice governor as his running mate, Mike Pence, and Congressman Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services who espouses the false claim that abortion causes cancer. Pence, as governor, signed a law requiring all fetuses, from abortions and miscarriages, be buried, and outlawed abortions sought because of fetal abnormalities. In Congress, Pence joined Price in voting to defund Planned Parenthood, and against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay and Equal Pay Acts. These men, together with the newly-minted anti-choice majority in Congress, are leading the charge to destroy womenâ€™s healthcare nationally.
But WCLA – Choice Matters is ready and we know what to do. Having assessed the impact of the 2016 elections and the real horrors to be thrust upon us by the Trump Administration and the ultra-reactionary Congress, WCLA – Choice Matters is ready to arm its supporters with a very pro-active winning strategy.
We must make New York State a Sanctuary Reproductive Rights!
We must demand that NYS Governor Cuomo and the Senate join the Assembly to Pass:
1.Â The Reproductive Health Act
â™¦ NYSâ€™ abortion law is out-of-date. â™¦ It doesnâ€™t provide the full constitutional protection guaranteed by Roe or 21st century medical care. â™¦ 53% of NYÂ counties have no abortion clinics. Â Â â™¦ Abortion is still in the penal code. â™¦ If a woman’s health is at risk or something goes wrong in her pregnancy after 24 weeks, she must seek care outside of NY because State law doesn’t allow a doctor to provide abortion coverage.
2. The Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (CCCA)
â™¦ This bill would protect and expand access to contraceptive coverage without a co-payment; and â™¦ It wouldÂ increase access to emergency contraception.
3. A Budget that Funds Reproductive Health Care
â™¦ The NYS budget must protect the coverage gains we have; and â™¦ It must safeguard womenâ€™s health providers, including Planned Parenthood, from defunding attacks that are guaranteed to come as Trump and his Congress do away with Obama Care.
Moving Forward – 2017:
â™¦ Â Choice Matters isÂ organizing telephone and writing campaigns to targeted NYS Senators who are acting as roadblocks. They need to be with us or get out of our way. We have already reached out to the Governor.
â™¦ Â We are using our now-famous ProChoice IDEA â€“ identification, education and activation â€“ to expand our Outreach Program.Â We identify voters who will vote only for candidates who are pro-choice and are willing to cross party-lines to do so. We add those pro-choice voters to our database. We send everyone in our database, free-of-charge, our ProChoice newsletter/voting guide. All we ask is that they vote, and they do! (As of January 1, 2016 we expanded this outreach to NYS Senate District #9 and helped deliver a pro-choice victory to Todd Kaminsky in April!)
â™¦ Â We are writing, facebooking and tweeting. We are all over the web and have promised to give Trump a run for his money on twitter.
â™¦ Â We are organizing outreach events at temples, churches and community centers. If young voters donâ€™t understand this issue, how can they know what is at stake?
â™¦ Â We are also organizing house parties. These are small gatherings to explain what is happening and what we can do. (Please, if you can host a house party, let us know!)
But, at the end of the day, it comes back to money. We need your financial support. Money pays for our outreach which is only limited by what we raise, not our energy or strategy.
We have been able to succeed because of our proven strategy and your contributions .Please donate today!
The Republicans’ top two candidates, for governor and attorney general, are anti-choice candidates who have shown true disdain for the well-being of New York women. No longer is the standard bearer for the Republican Party pro-choice governor Nelson Rockefeller, who signed New York’s abortion-rights bill into law. Instead, today’s New York Republican Party has sought out extreme anti-choice politicians to run.
Their gubernatorial candidate, Rob Astorino, has made his anti-choice position a cornerstone of his campaign. He promises to do to the state what he has done to Westchester County. That means vetoing legislation guaranteeing women safe access to reproductive health care, eliminating funding for health centers, gutting funding for sex education and more. If elected governor, he would be able to do unimaginable budgetary and legal damage to women.
Astorino and John Cahill, the Republican candidate for New York attorney general, have taken aim at theÂ Women’s Equality Act. This act is a 10-point plan that ensures women are treated fairly in the workplace, helps protect survivors of domestic violence and preserves access to reproductive health care. Calling the reproductive health component of the act “ghastly” and “hideous,” Astorino has declared he will “guarantee” never to sign it into law. Cahill, the candidate whose legal mind the public is supposed to trust, dismisses it as unnecessary.
The truth is that New York’s current laws do not give women the full constitutionally recognized protection of Roe v. Wade and do not incorporate the medical advances that have been made in reproductive health over the past 44 years. New York women deserve reproductive legislation that does both, and the vast majority of New Yorkers want the reproductive component of the Women’s Equality Act enacted into law. But Astorino and Cahill don’t, and so they work to mislead the public about the Women’s Equality Act and the status of New York’s abortion rights.
In recent years, anti-abortion forces have chipped away at that constitutionally protected right state by state, driving women’s clinics out of operation and making it impossible for many women to obtain reproductive health services of all types â€“ including contraception and abortion. In New York, 53 percent of our counties have no abortion clinics, and every year anti-choice bills, like the defunding of Planned Parenthood, must be beaten back in Albany.
It’s easy to say the denial of women’s health services couldn’t happen in New York. But unless the rights guaranteed by Roe are codified in state law, New York women will remain vulnerable to attacks from anti-abortion extremists â€“ and Cahill has a history of undermining the right to choose.
Despite not holding public office, Cahill has an anti-choice record. He was Gov. George Pataki’s chief of staff and stood with his administration as it promoted policies that denied New York women access to reproductive health services and empowered abortion opponents. His administration also vetoed expansion of access to emergency contraception and denied reproductive health care to thousands of women by contracting with health maintenance organizations that refused to provide these essential services. This practice was not disclosed to women before they enrolled â€“ imposing an undue burden by forcing them to find out-of-network providers after the fact.
Astorino and Cahill pose a sharp contrast to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Cuomo has always stood strong as an advocate of women’s reproductive rights in theory and in reality, as seen in all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Act. Schneiderman’s record of advocating for women is legendary, both as a state senator and now as attorney general. As a senator, he led the effort to pass the Clinic Anti-Violence Act to protect abortion clinic workers, doctors and patients from violence and harassment â€“ a bill that Astorino would have vetoed. It was signed into law in 1999, and was the first piece of pro-choice legislation enacted in New York in more than a decade.
Voters need to know that these four candidates are diametrically opposed when it comes to women’s rights. The fact that Astorino and Cahill do not care about what is in the best interest of 51 percent of the state population means they do not deserve to hold office in New York.
The writer is president of Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion â€“ Choice Matters.
George Latimer vs. Bob Cohen
â€“ The Facts â€“
George Latimer (D, WF) and Bob Cohen (R, C, I) are running for the open seat being vacated by retiring pro-choice Senator Suzie Oppenheimer.
Choice Mattersâ€™ endorsements are made solely on the issue of Choice. We have, however, received a significant number of inquiries regarding the State Senate race in the 37th district. Therefore, we are sharing additional information.
On the issue of Womenâ€™s Reproductive Rights:
George Latimer is 100% pro-choice.
George Latimer has worked to advance a reproductive rights and health agenda in the Assembly since 2004, including sponsoring the Reproductive Health Act and voting to ensure women have access to emergency contraception.
As an Assemblyman and former Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Latimer has been an outspoken advocate for legislation that ensures access to vital health care services for women.
Bob Cohen is anti-choice.
Bob Cohen refused to stand up for even the most basic of needs, safe access to reproductive health clinics â€“ despite repeated requests addressed to Cohen and to his campaign.
Cohen also refuses to tell the public his position on the Reproductive Health Act – a bill New York desperately needs to pass.
To get the facts, click here and read our piece titled “Bob Cohen is anti-choice!Â NO ifâ€™s andâ€™s or butâ€™s about it“
On the issue of New York Stateâ€™s Fair Pay Act – Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation:
George Latimer is a supporter and voted in favor of its passage in 2011 and 2012. (www.assembly.state.ny.us Bill Search: A.06130).
Bob Cohen is silent on the issue. There is nothing on his website concerning the Fair Pay Act – Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation
On the issue of Cancer and Cancer Research:
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization. Its Cancer Votes initiative has produced a questionnaire to establish the candidatesâ€™ position on cancer. They distributed questionnaires but are not endorsing. (Click here to see the questionnaire.)
14 people are diagnosed with cancer each and every day right here in Westchester.
George Latimer returned his questionnaire promptly.
Bob Cohen was silent on the issue, refusing to answer the questionnaire despite repeated requests.
On the issue of Taxes:
George Latimer has: 1. Voted to cut State Income Tax rates to the lowest levels in 58 years (www.assembly.state.ny.us Bill Search: A.40001); 2. Voted to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for over 25,000 small businesses, and all public and private schools (www.assembly.state.ny.us Bill Search: A.40002); 3. Sponsored legislation to eliminate the 1989 tax surcharge on home sales (www.assembly.state.ny.us Bill Search: A.307); 4. Sponsored bi-partisan legislation for full elimination of the MTA Payroll Tax (www.assembly.state.ny.us Bill Search: A.5616 and A.8193); 5. Cut taxes for 3 straight years (1998-2001) as Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (Westchester County Board of Legislators, 914-995-2800).
Bob Cohen has no voting record.
Click here for more information on the race and particularly tax issues,Â The Hottest Race for the NYS Senate: George Latimer vs. Bob Cohen, by David Singer, 10/18/2012.
N.Y. Board: “Slumlord” ad against GOPer is accurate, Salon, by Jillian Rayfield. 10/19/2012.
Every year Choice Matters sends all candidates a questionnaire to establish her/his position on womenâ€™s reproductive rights.
This year Robert Castelli–the assemblyman for the 93rd districtâ€”used the New York State Catholic Conferenceâ€™s language on his questionnaire to argue against the Reproductive Health Act.
Castelli claimed that â€œit [the Reproductive Health Act] would close Catholic hospitals.â€
Thatâ€™s patently false and Castelli knows it. Ask him to show you where in the bill it says anything about requiring hospitals to provide specific services. He canâ€™t because it doesnâ€™t exist.
The Reproductive Health Act has nothing to do with hospitals. It is a bill, that if passed, would bring New Yorkâ€™s reproductive rights legislation in line with 21st century medical practices and the protection of womenâ€™s health.
In fact, the bill specifically references existing state and federal law that allows hospitals to NOT provide reproductive services if it is against its religious or moral principles.
Many reproductive rights advocates have met with Castelli to educate him about the Reproductive Health Act. I have also spent a lot of time speaking with him about the issues raised in our questionnaire.
It should be noted, Castelli did not say, â€œit will close religious hospitals.â€ He said, â€œCatholic hospitals.â€Â Why? Maybe because thatâ€™s the argument with which he was provided.
On October 28, 2010, in a speech to the Bishops of Brazil, the Pope declared, â€œBishops have the right to tell their citizens how to use their vote to promote the common good.â€
And that is exactly what the public policy voice for New York Bishops, the New York State Catholic Conference, does.Â Members meet with elected legislators, lay out the bills to which they object and provide the arguments legislators can use. (That is not separation of church and state!)
Castelli could have used other language like, â€œI oppose abortionâ€ or â€œI oppose contraception.â€ But he didnâ€™t because he wants to claim he is pro-choice. Castelli knows that if Westchester voters knew the truth, that Castelli is anti-choice, he never would have been elected.
â€œPro-choiceâ€ has become a marketing term in WestchesterÂ because Westchester voters vote Choice. Candidates who donâ€™t support womenâ€™s reproductive rights can be found announcing to a group of women, â€œI am pro-choice.â€– even if they only believe in abortion in cases of rape and incestâ€” and that we know is definitively anti-choice
Nan Hayworth claimed to be pro-choice. But once elected, Hayworth became a favorite of anti-choice groups. Â Hayworth currently boasts an 80% approval rating from the National Right to Life Organization; she has co-sponsored two of their bills and voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Â That sure doesnâ€™t sound like someone who is pro-choice to us.Â Does it to you?
Castelli has turned his back on Rockefeller Republicans and, instead, aligned himself with the far right agenda coming out of Washington.
Castelli has a record of voting against women.Â In each of the last three legislative sessions, Castelli opposed the Domestic Violence Escalation Prevention Act — a measure that would prevent domestic violence incidents from increasing in frequency and intensity by making it more difficult for perpetrators with a history of domestic violence to obtain guns.
Castelli also voted against the so-called microstamping bill in June that would have required all semi-automatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed firearms dealer in the State of New York to be capable of micro-stamping ammunition resulting in a unique alpha-numeric or geometric code appear at least twice on each cartridge case. The code would make it easier for authorities to identify the make, model and serial number of the firearm. This bill was strongly supported by law enforcement agencies and opposed by gun manufacturers.
Some of them are right here in Westchester!
â–º Ryan believes it should be illegal to end a pregnancy under any circumstance — even when it results from rape or incest, or endangers a womanâ€™s health
â–ºRyan co-sponsored the Let Women Die bill that would permit hospitals to allow women to die if saving their lives meant performing an abortion.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored a federal bill defining fertilized eggs as human beings, which, if passed, would criminalize some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization.
(And thatâ€™s just for starters. If your stomach and heart can take it, check out Paul Ryanâ€™s radical right voting record and positions at the end of this email.)
The National Right to Life Committee scored Ryanâ€™s voting record 100% [anti-woman] every year since he entered the House in 1999.
It is perfectly clear that Paul Ryan is bad for women and a womanâ€™s right to Choose. Thatâ€™s the national news.
Now letâ€™s bring it back home to Westchester and talk about Ryanâ€™s foot soldiersâ€¦
â€¦ the local candidates in Westchester who support Paul Ryan and will do whatever he says.Â
And what pro-choice voters will only find in their Bright Yellow Pro-Choice Voting Guide â€“ if there is one this year â€“ because we cover the local candidates.Â (Remember, we need your help to distribute the bright yellow ProChoice Voting Guide this election year!Â Please, make a contribution today. Â This election may very well define our future.) [Click Here to Contribute.]
Letâ€™s start with good olâ€™ Nan Hayworth who claimed to be pro-choice when she ran in 2010 and now just two years in office has become the poster child for Ryanâ€™s anti-choice extremist organization The National Right to Life Committee.
In her term in office, Hayworth has co-sponsored 2 of the anti-choice extremists’ bills, and voted in support of just about all of them. (She only voted against one, and â€˜presentâ€™ for another.)
The anti-choice zealots at the National Right to Life love her so much that they gave her an 80% approval rating. That means Haworth VOTED AGAINST YOU AND ME 80% of the time.
Nan Hayworth calls extremist Paul Ryan â€œa friendâ€, â€œa teacher and mentorâ€ and â€œa leader with a vision.â€Â
Hayworth has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Paul Ryan on just about every anti-choice vote including:
â–º Supporting the â€˜Let Women Die Actâ€™;
â–º Cutting of all funding to Planned Parenthood and Title X;
â–º Banning of abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges;
â–º Imposing of a tax on any business or individual who purchases private Â health plans that include abortion coverage; and
â–º Permanently denying low-income women, civil servants, and military women access to abortion services, even in emergency situations.
In addition, Hayworth is on the record with Choice Matters as being totally in support of the horrific Stupack amendment which came up for a vote before she took office.
Nan Hayworth lied to New Yorkâ€™s residents to get elected in 2010 and she is doing it again.Â Hayworth has made it perfectly clear that she will stand 100% with Paul Ryanâ€”against women, against Choice, against seniors, against Medicare â€” and we must show her that we will NOT tolerate her lies and stand strong and 100% against Nan Hayworth come November!
Nan Hayworth is being challenged by a strong ally of all pro-choice groups and coalitions–our advocate Sean Patrick Maloney–in the 18 CD.
Another Anti-Woman/Anti-Choice Face in a local Congressional Race that has eluded the national radar is Joe Carvin who is running on the Republican and Conservative lines and challenging one of the greatest pro-choice advocates in the House of Representative – staunchly pro-choice Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Carvin openly declared, â€œPaul is my hero. Iâ€™m running because Paul Ryan needs help. Paul Ryan is my hero.â€
Whatâ€™s that say about Carvin?
Joe Carvin tries to present a positive picture, but in reality he is an anti-choice conservative who will flip flop to gain extremist support.
Carvin is on the record — Carvin wants to place a lot of restrictions on a womanâ€™s right to obtain a safe and legal abortion.Â Yet, he claims to be â€˜pro-choiceâ€™ because he knows that in Westchester we vote this issue.
But Carvin isnâ€™t quite sure on where he stands on funding for Planned Parenthood (even though all funding goes to preventative care like contraception and cancer screening) given his hero, Paul Ryan, voted to cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood and the Title X family planning program.Â And Carvin refused to stand up for women seeking safe access to reproductive health care right here in Westchester!
Carvin said that social issues [like abortion and contraception] are distraction from fundamental ones. (Again, it boils down to the idea that women and our â€œsocial issuesâ€ are just a distraction to the right wing!)
If elected, there is no doubt that Carvin will do exactly what Paul Ryan asks him to, just like Nan Hayworth has already done.
Remember: There will be no bright yellow ProChoice voting guide in your mailbox this election year unless we can raise $33,000 by September 30th.
â–ºRyan voted 59 times against abortion and other reproductive rights issues which was as often as he could while in the House.
â–ºRyan opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act and the Right to Life Act, both of which claim that life begins at the moment of fertilization.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored the Federal Abortion Ban,Â which would effectively overturn Roe v. Wade and make performing an abortion a criminal offense for physicians, punishable by two years in prison.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored the so-called â€˜No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,â€™ a bill that would ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges,Â impose a tax on any business or individual who purchases private health plans that include abortion coverage, and permanently deny low-income women, civil servants, and military women access to abortion services, even in emergency situations.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored and voted for the â€˜Let Women Die Actâ€™ that would allow hospitals to let women to die even in emergency circumstances if saving her life meant allowing her to have an abortion. This bill would have also used supposed â€œconscienceâ€ clauses to deny women access to other preventative health care services such as contraception.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored several fetal â€œpersonhoodâ€ bills, that if passed would not only outlaw all abortions, but ban use of various methods of contraception as well as in-vitro fertilization and stem cell research.
â–ºRyan voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate the Title X family planning program; this funding cannot be used for abortion but for preventative reproductive health services and screenings which saving taxpayer dollars, prevent unintended pregnancies, and abortions.
â–ºRyan voted for the infamous Stupak amendment, the proposal to deny abortion coverage to women in state health-insurance exchanges,Â even if women purchased insurance with exclusively their own money.
â–ºRyan co-sponsored a bill requiring women to submit to a forced ultrasound before receiving an abortion, even if it is against both her will and her physicianâ€™s professional recommendation.
â–ºRyan repeatedly voted to make it a criminal offense for anyone other than a parent â€“ including a grandparent, adult sibling or even religious counselor â€“ to accompany a young woman across state lines for abortion care, when home state parental notification mandates could not be met.
â–ºRyanÂ repeatedly voted to deny women in the military the ability to use their own funds to pay for an abortion at a military hospital, whether at home or while fighting abroad– where abortion is less likely to be safe or accessible.
â–ºRyan repeatedly voted against international family planning programs.
â–ºRyan repeatedly voted to deny federal employees the right to choose health insurance that includes abortion coverage.
â–ºRyan voted against contraceptive equity for federal employees â€“ a law that would require birth control to be treated like every other prescription medication.**
And the list goes on
(**Special thanks to Republican Majority for Choice for help compiling this list.)
The Sequence of Events
**Tuesday, May 10th, George Oros, who is County Executive (CE) Rob Astorinoâ€™s Chief of Staff, and the CEâ€™s Liaison to the Board of Legislators (BOL) and a former County Legislator himself, watched a live in-house broadcast of a BOL Committee on Community Services meeting at which closure of mental health facilities was being discussed.Â The closure of these centers affects thousands of Westchester residents and is being proposed by the CE.
**While Legislator Judy Myers, who is a Democrat representing Rye City, Mamaroneck Town, Larchmont, and parts of the Village of Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and Rye Town and is the only woman in a leadership position on the BOL, was discussing the impact the closures will have on mental health patients, Chief of Staff George Oros expressed his response to her comments with the following email:
â€œJudy sounds so breathless â€“ â€œooooohhhhh yeeeeesssss.â€
**Oros, at 4:02 p.m., emailed the above to Legislator Myers. Some say he did this accidentallyâ€”maybe yes, maybe no.
Oros â€“ Disrespecting and Insulting ALL Women
As Phil Reisman pointed out, George Orosâ€™ email was â€œâ€¦ practically a direct quote from Meg Ryanâ€™s fake orgasm scene in â€œWhen Harry Met Sally.â€ (Click here to read Reisman’s comments.)
Oros was not responding to what Legislator Myers was saying. Oros was sexualizing Legislator Myers. He took away her mental capacity and saw only a sexual object.
Legislator Myers was elected by thousands of constituents in her district to represent them on the Westchester County Board.Â They thought of her as a bright, articulate individual capable of looking out for their best interests.
Chief of Staff Oros stripped away all of that respect and replaced it with nothing more than the Old Boys Club idea that women serve only as subservient sexual entities.
The Role Modeling of CE Astorino
CE Astorinoâ€™s response to this sequence of events was to laugh it off and call it â€œsilly.â€
His explanation was that at one time Oros and Myers worked together as legislators and that that somehow made this okay.
Clearly Mr. Astorino does not understand that â€œharassment in the workplaceâ€ means exactly thatâ€”harassment by a co-worker in the workplace.
The expression a fish rots from the head applies here and the head is CE Astorino.Â He has made it clear that in this administration women are to be second class citizens. There is not one womanâ€”not a single oneâ€”in a decision-making position working in the County Executiveâ€™s Office.
Orosâ€™ frat house behavior cannot simply be dismissed as boys-will-be-boys. It is not simply silliness, but instead a serious offense.Â No one should be permitted to refer to another individual in such a derogatory and demeaning manner.
If it is okay when it happens to an elected official, then it will be okay when it happens to our daughters, sisters, mothers, partners, or aunts. We must be outraged now, before it hits any closer to home.
Contact CE Astorinoâ€™s office and say, â€œWe will not tolerate that behavior.â€
Demand Mr. Orosâ€™s immediate resignation.Â Â Contact the County Executiveâ€™s office at 914-995-2800 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31ST !
If you live in the
City of White Plains
you care about
Choice, Women, Children, and Families
YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tom Roach is the good guy running for Mayor of White Plains in a Special Election being held on March 31, 2011. He is running on the Democratic, Working Families, and Independence party lines.
Former President of the City Council, and, now, acting Mayor of White Plains,Tom Roach is a 100% pro-choice advocate who will protect our women, children, and families.
Roach understands the importance of our clinics, childcare, health centers, and the importance of protecting access to our reproductive health care centers.
His opponent, Bob Hyland, has a history of being endorsed by the Right to Life party. A high profile former football player and sports bar owner, Hyland has no experience in elected office. His claim to fame is that in 1988 he tried to register to vote as a member of both the Republican and Right to Life parties.
According to the anti-choice zealot website LifeNet, Hyland has a record of helping the [Right to Life] cause.
Astorino, His Puppets & Imitators, & Washington Extremism
What is going on in Washington DC, brought on by the anti-choice zealots empowered by the Republican win last November, can happen here in Westchester County and in its towns and cities like the County’s capital–White Plains.
Hyland is an Astorino impersonator who will do to White Plains what Astorino is hard at work trying to do to the County!
Tom Roach stands with Governor Cuomo
for Women’s Reproductive Rights!
The Message Here:
THURSDAY, MARCH 31st!
Special Elections have a very low turnout because few people realize the election is occurring.
Thus your vote will have a multi-fold impact!
TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO VOTE
We Must Stop this anti-choice run-away-train Congress! There are lives at stake – those of the living, breathing women of this nation!
On Friday, the House passed the Pence Amendment (H.R. 217.)
This amendmentâ€”if it passes the Senate–will mean the end of federal support for an organization that each year provides more than 800,000 women with breast exams, more than 4 million Americans with testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and 2.5 million people with contraception. Women will die.
What did newly elected Rep. Nan Hayworth (R – 19th C.D.) do when the pressure was on???
Hayworth Voted with Pence and AGAINST the Women of this Nation, and her District!
This new Congress has launched an unprecedented attack on womenâ€™s reproductive rights, and they have a powerful strategy.
Instead of going directly at overturning Roe v. Wade, they have launched a multi-bill assault. Right now, our pro-choice congressional representatives and advocates are fighting off three bills plus budget cuts all at once, and the anti-choice zealots promise that this is just the beginning.
H.R. 3 â€œis radically broad and is clearly intended to prevent all women from obtaining health insurance coverage for abortion services â€“ even insurance paid for with private dollars or provided by employers in the private marketplace. Â The bill would raise taxes on millions of American families and impose intrusive new government rules on private, personal medical decisions.â€ (*Italics added) Center for Reproductive Rights
Under H.R. 3, â€œwomen would no longer be able to use their tax-saver accounts to pay for abortions because, in Smith’s view, this would constitute a federal subsidy; nor could families with high health insurance expenses deduct those expenses from their taxes if the insurance they buy with their own money includes coverage for abortion â€” even if they never use the coverage to pay for one. Small businesses, though not large corporations, could no longer deduct the cost of their employee insurance plans if they cover abortion, as 87% of health plans now do.â€ (*Italics added)Â Los Angeles Times
H.R. 358 â€œwould allow hospitals that object to abortion (as some Catholic ones do, for instance) to make the appalling decision to withhold the procedure even in dire emergencies when it is necessary to save a woman’s life â€” a car accident, say, or a shooting. It also includes an objectionable provision â€” one that failed to become part of the healthcare reformÂ law passed last year â€” that would prohibit federal funds from being used toward the purchase of any health insurance that includes abortion coverage. Current law prohibits federal funds from being used for abortion but allows insurance companies to segregate federal money from private funds used for abortion.â€ Los Angeles Times
Pitts and his buddies are quite literally willing to let women, who are in need of emergency pregnancy termination to save their lives, die. This bill would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care when necessary to save a womanâ€™s life. â€œ…they have written into the bill a new amendment that would override the requirement that emergency room doctors save every patient, regardless of status or ability to pay.Â The law would carve out an exception for pregnant women; doctors and hospitals will be allowed to let pregnant women die if interventions to save them will kill the fetus.â€
Pitts’ new bill would free hospitals from any abortion requirement under EMTALA, meaning that medical providers who aren’t willing to terminate pregnancies wouldn’t have to — nor would they have to facilitate a transfer.â€
â€œThe Pitts bill effectively turns all hospitals into arms of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.Â In other words, your health care is now fully subject to fundamentalist religious ideology.â€ RH Reality Check
H.R. 217 – Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
PASSED IN THE HOUSE – 2/18/2011
The sole purpose of this act is to attack Planned Parenthood. It seeks to deny any federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
Friday afternoon, 2/18/2011, the House passed this horrific amendment revoking allÂ funding from Planned Parenthood.Â The bill isÂ falsely advertised as saving tax-payer dollars and ensuring that no federal funds are used for abortion. False Advertising! It is already law that NO federal funds can be used for abortion, other than in cases of rape, incest and to save a woman’s life. Passage of this fiscally irresponsible amendment will ultimately cost lives, and tax payers more dollars in long term health related cost for the poor and most vulnerable. Any funds that a clinic uses for such services must be raised separately and outside of federal taxpayer dollars. More than ninety percent ofÂ Planned Parenthood services are non-abortion related.Â Their work is focused on preventive care includingÂ birth control and cancer screenings. The final vote was 239-185.
Vote in the Special Election
Tuesday February 15th
Astorinoâ€™s next mini-meâ€”anti-choice Nicholas DeCicco who refused to complete Choice Mattersâ€™ questionnaire. DeCicco, like Marcotte, will walk the Right-to-Life Astorino anti-choice anti-child anti-family walk, voting as he is told.
In November 2009, Westchester elected a Right-to-Life (RTL) County Executive, Rob Astorinio. We have been paying the price ever since.
Astorinoâ€™s Right to Life beliefs have already corrupted the budget process. Laws are not the only things at stake. Budgets decide who matters.
Remember it was Astorino who took a sledge hammer to child care funding, pulverizing it by taking away 4.3 million dollarsâ€”this after the most recent census data reported that 16.7 percent of Westchester children under 5 years of age are living in poverty, which is up from 9.6 percent in 2005â€”and added new positions for his political cronies. When those positions were cut by the County Legislators, Astorino hired his cronies anyway using empty lines on the budget!
Westchester County Board of Legislators