In response to the introduction of 10 separate bills collectively composing the Women's Equality Act by the governor late last night, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

"Every piece of the Women's Equality Act that passes will improve the lives of New York women.

"But women are complete people and equality demands greater protections for women in all areas of life -- from home to the workplace to the doctor's office. True equality requires that every New York woman be able to make her own deeply personal health care decisions with her doctor to protect her life and her health. And every member of our state legislature must be held accountable and required to take a stand on if he or she supports the protections of Roe v. Wade or not.

"Three days is a lifetime in the waning moments of the New York State Legislature and we remain hopeful that the full 10 components of the Women's Equality Act will get voted on -- and the NYCLU's 50,000 members will keep pushing to make that happen and see every member of the Legislature take a stand on if they support all aspects of women's equality."