Governor Cuomo has proposed a New York State constitutional amendment codifying Roe v. Wade in State law.
That sounds great. But here’s the problem: this process would take four years at the very least. (And that’s only if we get rid of the IDC!)
Why? Because passing a constitutional amendment into law is a very lengthy process. **Each house of government, the Senate and the Assembly, must pass the legislation twice – one time in two different elected sessions; **Then, and only then, the proposed amendment can be put on the ballot for a public vote.
But here’s the reality and the truth. This constitutional amendment will NEVER make it to the floor while the 8 rogue Democrats of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) remain aligned with the Republican Party of Trump and govern with them. The IDC has deliberately turned the duly elected Majority Party, the Democratic Party, into the Minority Party, and have catapulted the Party of Trump, the Republican Party, into the majority. Because of these 8, our New York State Senate has failed to do the business of the People for which they were elected. In a nutshell, these 8, who are more concerned with personal power than party and principle, sold out their constituents and including and specifically the women of New York State.
Given Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, the original author of the Hobby Lobby decision, to the Supreme Court, we need Governor Cuomo to demand these 8 rogue Democrats return to the Democratic Caucus. There is no time to waste! Trump is doing everything in his power to turn the clock back on women.
If these 8 “Democrats” did their jobs and put women first, here’s how we could get this done immediately: NY State Senate Minority Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, rightfully be the Majority Leader, has sponsored a law — the Reproductive Health Act — that would do immediately what the Governor is proposing to take years to do. The Senate would then go on to make the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (CCCA) law, and pass a budge that would provide for Planned Parenthood and neighborhood clinics.
It is not too late to fix this. Call the IDC members and tell them to:
- Return to the Democratic Caucus;
- Pass the Reproductive Rights Act; and
- Make the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act law!