We are entering a new political era in which women across the country may feel that their reproductive rights will be threatened, and all states -- not just New York -- will have an opportunity to take the lead in improving the status of women through their respective legislatures. As we are doing in New York, governors and state legislatures now have the opportunity and the duty, through executive orders and legislation, to protect reproductive rights, close the wage gap and combat sexual violence.Cuomo then lists all the wonderful progressive initiatives he and the New York legislature passed. And in case you don't see where this is headed, Cuomo makes it crystal clear in this forceful conclusion:
It is time for states to use the legal powers they have to protect the rights of all their constituents, including the many women marching Saturday for equality.The legacy of Thomas Jefferson, J.C. Calhoun, and Sam Ervin is alive and making history. Soon it will be re-drawing the map.