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Cuomo unveils 10-point plan for Women's Equality Act

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One piece of Governor Cuomo's new plan is stirring up some controversy on both sides of the women's health issue. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has that part of the story.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- They came from all over the state, gathering at the Capitol. Advocacy groups, lawmakers and women say Governor Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Act equality act resonates with them in a personal way.

"I've been on the work force 30 years plus and in nearly every job I've had, I've experienced sexual harassment. I know I've experienced pay inequality," said Amy Finkbeimer, a supporter.

Supporters hope the bill will address some of these issues.

"I think it's a step for New York State," a supporter.

The governor introduced the 10 points of the bill Tuesday after months of talk about it. Some of the measures cover pay inequality, sexual harassment in the workplace and human trafficking. Cuomo hopes the bill would restore the state as a leader in women's rights. Keynote speaker Cynthia Nixon agrees.

"We're very proud to be New Yorkers. We consider ourselves as leaders, and we have a right to do that," said Nixon.

But the bill is also controversial, specifically with those who are pro-life.

"As far as I know everyone's in support of all nine points there, with the exception of this last bit on abortion," said Gregory Pfundstein of the Chiaroscuro Foundation.

According to state law, a woman can only get an abortion after 24 weeks if the pregnancy puts her life in danger. Roe vs. Wade allows a woman to get a late term abortion to protect her health, even if her life is not at risk. The bill would put state law in line with that federal law. Supporters say this would protect women in case Roe v Wade is ever overturned- an argument that opponents say is counterproductive.

"It's unfortunate that you're holding up legislation on women's rights because of a strong ideological difference to have the strongest abortion license that you can have in New York," said Pfundstein.

The bill still has to pass the Assembly and the Senate.

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