7:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

State Senate Stalling Cuomo's Abortion Rights Bill

Gov. Cuomo
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A key component of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the state Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says a bill to put into state law the abortion rights protections in the federal Roe v. Wade decision won’t be voted on in the state Senate.

“We’re  not going to put in on the floor,” Skelos said. “In my opinion and the opinion of my conference, that bill is not moving.”

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6:06 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Cuomo Casts Doubt On Fate Of Abortion Rights, Public Campaign Finance Measures

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll know in a couple of weeks whether two key items on his end of session agenda will become law- an abortion rights bill and public financing of political campaigns.

The governor says Republicans, who co-lead the state Senate, continue to oppose a measure to clarify a women’s right to choose abortion. The GOP has also steadfastly been against public financing of campaigns.   

“It is a fundamental ideological difference on choice and public financing,” Cuomo said. “I get it.”

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

4/10/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Editor of  The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• The Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
• The shaping of the Supreme Court
• Nate Silver on Americans’ views on Gay Marriage
• North Dakota’s strict Abortion law
• Supreme Court accepts second case on race-based college admissions

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

3/27/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC's News Director, Ian Pickus, and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
The Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
The shaping of the Supreme Court
Nate Silver on Americans’ views on Gay Marriage
North Dakota’s strict Abortion law
Supreme Court accepts second case on race-based college admissions

Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Abortion in New York : 2/19/13

As reported this weekend in the New York Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to propose changes to the state’s policies on abortion as part of his ‘Women’s Equality Act’ introduced during his State of the State Address that include allow health care practitioners, not solely physicians, from performing the procedure.

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New York News
7:07 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Women's Equality Act Proposal Draws Much Attention

One of several proposals in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State-of-the-State Speech Wednesday includes a Women’s Equality Act, a ten-point agenda that includes protecting a woman’s freedom of choice by enacting the Reproductive Health Act. And Cuomo made it clear Thursday that he will give the same high-octane effort he gave the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 which remains the capstone of his progressive agenda. The Democrat says he's also deciding to disagree with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who urged Cuomo not to expand abortion rights. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:21 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Sean Philpott: The Silent War on Abortion

Over the past two weeks, the attention of the American public has been held captive by the political circuses known as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  They couldn’t have been more different.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Akin and the GOP : 8/22/12

Since apologizing earlier this week for his remarks on rape and pregnancy, Republican Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has been rebuked by democrats and republicans alike, with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying he should, “Exit the senate race,” and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus telling him, “not to come,” to next week’s Republican National Convention.

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7:50 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Planned Parenthood Launches Anti-Romney TV Ad

Planned Parenthood is launching a TV ad campaign in three battleground states suggesting that women's rights would suffer if Republican Mitt Romney is elected president. The political arm of the women's health care organization has endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details…

The group announced Wednesday, a day after Romney claimed the GOP presidential nomination, that it would spend $1.4 million to air its ad in Florida, Iowa and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:44 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Herbert London: When Choice Justifies Murder

While the Road to Serfdom is paved with good intentions gone awry; the road to self fulfillment—the dream of the modern person—is constructed with freedom stones resembling personal license. What is emerging in the United States, based in part on the empirical data in Charles Murray’s Coming Apart, is a selective version of morality. If it feels good, do it. The constraints inspired by the Judeo-Christian tradition, our genetic inheritance, even our sex, are mere trifles compared to personal choice and desire. To my astonishment, even murder is justified as an act of personal morality.

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