Priority for the Majority
January 12th, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith addressed a gathering of Family Planning Advocates this morning and assured them that pro-choice legislation will be a priority for him this year. The advocates and other pro-choice organizations were extremely helpful to the Democrats’ winning the Senate majority last year.

Smith said the Senate should move to pass the Healthy Teens Act, a bill the Assembly has passed four years in a row to create a grant program to fund medically accurate sex education programs.

Smith also indicated that he would like the Senate to pass the Reproductive Health Act. This legislation would make the fundamentals of Roe V. Wade part of New York law.

Although Smith and a number of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate have taken a pro-choice stance, Smith will likely need the help of conservative members of the Democratic majority to pass both bills. Smiths ability to pull together support for these pro-choice measures could be very indicative of the sort of strength Smith has over the majority, and of exactly how unified the Democrats are. Some suspect that gang of three members Sen. Carl Kruger and Sen. Ruben Diaz may not rush to aid Smith in this endeavor. There is talk that Smith may be able to find votes on the Republican side of the Senate.

By on January 12, 2009, 4:28 pm
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2 Responses to “Priority for the Majority”

  1. Teresa Says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    It is so sad this state will be allowing planned parenthood to corrupt the young, and establish a customer base based on such scandal and sin. I PRAY NEW YORK DOESN’T BECOME LIKE CALIFORNIA. However, considering liberals appear to be in control, only GOD can save New York now.
    It is an abomination to SET UP PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. These same politicians say they want to protect kids from sexual predators????? THEY ARE LITERALLY HANDING THESE CHILDREN OVER TO THEM. SHAME!

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