ALBANY, N.Y. -- Disgraced Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was once considered an advocate for women's rights, encouraging women to speak up about abuse in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Schneiderman is no stranger to women’s causes. He has long been seen as a champion of sorts for women. But obviously the allegations against him are making that complicated.

Those at Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts call the allegations “surprising,” noting the work they have done with the attorney general.

Schneiderman has pushed for reproductive and women’s rights, supporting the work being done by Planned Parenthood throughout the state. But the local chapter in Albany says while they were shocked, they are uplifted by the women who are speaking out, saying this shows just how strong the #MeToo movement really is.

“I think no one is immune from it, and that regardless of the power structure or where they are in the world, they can definitely ... be taken down just like anyone else if they behave badly or abuse people,” said President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts Robin Chappelle Golston.

Those at Planned Parenthood add they are closely watching the legislative process, saying they hope whoever is picked to replace Schneiderman will be a champion for women’s rights.