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NY Senate votes to expand sex harassment law

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— The New York Senate has passed legislation to broaden sexual harassment laws — but it may languish because of an abortion-related legislative standoff.

The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday would expand sexual harassment laws to cover small businesses, which are now exempt.

Assembly leaders have included the measure in a broad, 10-point "women's equality bill" that also contains an abortion provision matching state law with the federal Roe v. Wade decision.

Many senators object to that provision and want the Assembly to divide the bill to allow separate votes on each item.

Assembly leaders have so far refused, saying the Senate should vote on all 10 items as a package.

Other provisions are designed to aid domestic violence victims, combat sex trafficking and help pregnant women in the workplace.

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June 18, 2014
4:40 p.m.

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This article is misleading - read the bill - it is currently a crime for any person(other than a physician performing a justifiable abortion)to cause a woman, post 24 weeks gestation, to miscarry. Section J of the WEA repeals penal law 125.05, 2. When a post 24 week gestation woman is murdered, it is currently a double homicide. If point 10 passes, this would be considered a single homicide only. An abusive baby daddy can beat the crap out of his baby momma, cause the unborn to die, but that will no longer be considered a crime.