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City Hallways (April 6): Brown, Schroeder on abortion, Planned Parenthood

Federal news/local angle

Mayor Byron Brown's recent tweet on the Congressional vote allowing states to defund family planning organizations that perform abortions offers a chance to explore the larger abortion topic in this campaign season.

It's not really a city issue, but it is one in which Brown and his Democratic primary challenger, Comptroller Mark Schroeder,  generally – but not always – have differing views.

Brown describes himself as pro-choice, supporting a woman's right to abortion services. Schroeder describes himself as pro-life and would like to see abortion outlawed except in cases of rape, incest and to protect the health of the mother.

Brown supports Medicaid funding for abortion. Schroeder, while in the Assembly a few years back, worked to ban state Medicaid funding for abortions in New York State.

Both men, however, oppose the recent Congressional vote allowing states to deny all federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other organizations if they also perform abortions.

"The comptroller supports federal funding for family planning regardless of whether or not the organization performs abortions," a Schroeder aide said.

"I am deeply disappointed with every member of Congress who voted to defund Planned Parenthood," the mayor tweeted following the Congressional vote.

"Planned Parenthood is committed to providing vital health care services and family planning services for millions of women across the U.S.," Brown said in another tweet.

More on the campaign trail

Schroeder seems to be taking a page from Hillary Clinton, starting out his campaign with a listening tour.

The comptroller held his first "listening session" Tuesday at the Metropolitan Lounge on Main Street, where residents got a chance to share their views with the mayoral candidate.

Schroeder said he'll be hosting similar events throughout the city during the campaign.

Today's calendar items

Preservation Board meets this afternoon.

Council Education Committee meeting scheduled for this evening.  City Honors admission policy  as well as a request for the city to give more money to city schools was on the agenda. It won't be an official meeting because a quorum is not expected, but Committee Chairman Ulysees Wingo will be there.

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