Cuomo-Hochul endorsed by abortion rights groups

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ALBANY In a case of dueling endorsements by womens rights advocacy groups, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his running mate, Kathy Hochul, have been endorsed by two abortion rights groups.

The endorsements announced Wednesday follow an endorsement by the state chapter of the National Organization for Women for Cuomos Democratic challengers, Zephyr Teachout for governor and Tim Wu for lieutenant governor.

The Democratic primary is Tuesday.

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Cuomo and Hochul, a former Buffalo-area congresswoman, were endorsed Wednesday by Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York and NARAL Pro-Choice New York.

Both campaigns support abortion rights. Further protection of late-term abortions was part of a 10-point package of bills pushed by Cuomo for two years, which would have also targeted workplace discrimination and human trafficking.

The measures failed to gain approval in the Senate, led by opposition from the Republican conference that had been closely allied with Cuomo for most of his first term. Republicans supported nine measures, but not the late-term abortion bill.

Leaders of Planned Parenthood and NARAL were part of a coalition that lobbied for Cuomos bill.

There is no serious threat in Albany to erode abortion rights.

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