It is not a good day to be Sen. Joe Robach. Robach held a Women's Wellness Fair in Greece today at the Mall at Greece Ridge which drew protests from Rochester NOW, the Greater Rochester chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Members of Rochester NOW spoke out about this Women's Wellness Fair, including remarks from Rochester NOW President Alberta Roesser.
"The truth is that Joe Robach is the single biggest barrier to women's health in Rochester," said Alberta Roesser, Rochester NOW President. "He's taking a page from Karl Rove's playbook and championing a lie. Robach is consistently anti-choice and has stalled on allowing even the most basic measures, such as age appropriate sex education, from passing the Senate."
Linda Stephens, the Rochester NOW PAC Chair, agreed: "Joe Robach proudly accepted an award from a right-wing anti-choice organization, and he's been their champion in Albany ever since. We're talking about a guy who would not care if we go back to back alley abortions and the horrifying injuries and deaths that result. The idea that Robach would call himself a champion of women's health is just ludicrous."
"I'm proud of the fact that the majority of people in Rochester, and New York State, favor reasonable measures such as the Reproductive Health Act, which codifies Roe v. Wade in New York law, and the Healthy Teens Act, which guarantees age appropriate sex education in public schools," stated Roesser.
That's going to leave a mark. Robach's opponent Rick Dollinger got in on the fun as well:
"Republican Joe Robach boasts a flagrantly deceptive record on women's health, and for him to publically stand behind women but yet ignore the issues important to them is an insult to their intelligence and a disservice to the voters in our community," exclaimed Dollinger.
"My opponent, Joe Robach, stands firmly against women's right to choose, and if it were dependent upon his misguided wisdom, women in New York State would be stripped of these rights," continued Dollinger. "Before women had these rights communities across our state and nation were being devastated by a pandemic of underground abortions that left women who had no other choice risking serious injuries, and on many occasion even death."
"With the ever increasing threats to Roe v. Wade we can no longer trust that the sanctity of a woman's rights to choose will be protected by the Supreme Court, and given the track record of Joe Robach and his Republican colleagues in Albany we cannot afford to wait this one out."
Harding hits the nail on the head:
The hypocrisy of this stunt by Robach today is obvious. One of the most, if not THE most important women's health issues is the right to choose. Choice is something Joe Robach does not want women to have. Joe Robach is anti-choice. He would rather go by the usual conservative Republican stance of not wanting choice for women.
Robach has a problem with women it seems. His hypocrisy on women's health aside, he also has stood in the way of the Fair Pay Act in the New York State Senate.
What's your problem with women Joe Robach? You don't want them to have their right to choose and you don't want them to make the same amount of money as a man. So, why are you pro-Republican but anti-women?