Abortion

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A group of Western New York religious leaders on Thursday announced their campaign to end abortions in Black and Brown communities.

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"Hell no, Roe won't go." That was the chant Tuesday evening in Buffalo's Elmwood Village. Recent legislative actions around the country to place restrictions on abortions prompted the rally to "Stop the Bans."

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Western New Yorkers are among those in Washington, D.C. who have traveled there to participate in the March For Life, which is held every year on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion. Those attending from Western New York who identify themselves as "pro-life" say there is much more to that term than the abortion issue and they include that in their message.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a preview of his 2019 agenda, laid out an ambitious plan to counteract actions by President Trump and his policies, including strengthening abortion rights, expanding voter access and legalizing marijuana.


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Groups that back a woman’s right to choose abortion are sounding the alarm about President Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh to be the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Hours before President Donald Trump announced his choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Gov. Andrew Cuomo railed against the selection. He also signed an executive order to help protect the reproductive choice rights of New York’s women should a future court overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.


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"Together we resist. Together we rise up. Together."

Activist and college professor Tanya Loughead led the chant, early in Sunday's Women's Solidarity March in Buffalo. The event drew thousands to the steps of City Hall, marching through downtown and then back to City Hall for more speeches - an outgrowth of the national march in Washington, D.C. exactly a year before and a protest against the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The Liberal government of Ontario has passed legislation that would make it illegal to hold protests near or outside abortion clinics. The ban will also protect health professionals and staff who provide abortion services at their homes.


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Around 600 people turned out on Thursday evening for a town hall meeting with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Buffalo State's Rockwell Hall. The large audience appeared to agree with her on most issues.


Marchers — many of them women — are descending on Washington, D.C., to send a message about abortion to the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress.

If that sounds like déjà vu, it's not: What the organizers call the March for Life is a protest against legalized abortion, unlike the Women's March last week, which included support for abortion rights in its platform.

A different kind of march

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Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan Saturday to require health insurers to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost.

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The ripple effects of the Supreme Court's ruling about Texas abortion laws were being felt here in Western New York on Monday.


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A message from Pope Francis regarding forgiveness for repentant women who had abortions has raised eyebrows on both sides of the often-contentious issue.


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Women’s groups rallied outside the New York State Senate chamber Thursday, demanding a vote on Governor Cuomo’s 10-point women’s equality act that includes an abortion rights provision.

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Women’s groups are putting pressure on the State Senate’s ruling coalition to take up Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, which includes  an abortion rights provision.

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Governor Cuomo is finally releasing legislation for his 10-point women’s agenda. It includes a provision to codify the  abortion rights in the federal Roe v Wade decision into New York law. The governor says he’s been offered “no assurances” that it will pass the legislature.