Astorino Experiences Pro-Abortion Blowback
Last week Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced his campaign for Governor of New York. Pro-abortion activists greeted Astorino's candidacy with a barrage of fierce attacks.
NOTE: Mr. Astorino is scheduled to address Legislative Day attendees on March 18. It's not too late to register for this event.
One of the organizations that launched attacks on Astorino was NARAL Pro-Choice New York. NARAL has been (and continues to be) willing to prevent provisions of the Women's Equality Act regarding domestic violence, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and human trafficking from becoming law unless its abortion expansion proposal is attached to them.
Like large supermajorities of New Yorkers, Rob Astorino has expressed discomfort with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's abortion expansion bill; in fact, Astorino has described the bill's provisions as "hideous." The abortion lobby has responded by accusing Astorino of lacking respect for women because he does not support unlimited access to abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and because he opposes Gov. Cuomo's efforts to allow non-physicians to perform abortions on women and girls.
When it comes to abortion expansion, the word "hideous" is an apt description. Based on polling, Mr. Astorino is more mainstream than the Governor he hopes to unseat.
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