After more than five months of advocacy from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state lawmakers ended their annual session over the weekend without approving a single part of a proposal for a Women’s Equality Act that would have addressed sexual harassment, human trafficking, domestic violence, and salary discrimination. According to The New York Times, part of the reason the proposal wasn’t approved was because it would have strengthened abortion-rights laws. Before the weekend, Cuomo and other supporters of the bill said they wouldn’t take anything less than full passage, but on Friday, due to the all-or-nothing approach, many lawmakers were left disappointed.
Abortion-rights component was deadly.