Advocates, lawmakers rally for women’s rights

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In a last ditch effort to win legislation combating human trafficking and discrimination against pregnant women, lawmakers and advocates are in Albany calling for action by the Democratic-led Assembly.

On Tuesday, dozens of protesters at the Capitol called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to bring up the measures before session concludes on Thursday.

The Republican-led Senate has already passed a bill that would strengthen penalties for forcing someone into sexual servitude and help victims defend themselves if they are charged with prostitution. But the measures are part of a larger 10-point women’s equality bill that includes a contentious abortion plank.

Last year, the Senate passed nine of the bills, which enjoy bipartisan support, but rejected the abortion measure. The Assembly refused to take up the bill unless the abortion provision was included.

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