Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, issued the following statement on his vote against the Women's Equality Act:
"The Women's Equality Act contains nine great points that are worthy of swift and immediate passage through the Legislature. As a father of two daughters, I strongly believe women should be paid the same as men; protected from sexual harassment in the workforce, human trafficking, domestic violence and all forms of discrimination. I will support these measures individually and on their own merits. However, I am extremely disappointed that the Assembly is playing politics with the 10th plank regarding abortion. They packaged all 10 points into one bill to trap pro-life members into either voting against nine great points or violating their conscience and vote for abortion. I call on the Assembly to take up each point separately, just like the Senate, so that we can swiftly pass the other nine points and vote our conscience."