Even if Cuomo tweaks abortion proposal, time growing short for "women's agenda"

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The Cuomo administration is considering adjusting a proposal to strengthen abortion rights, but it still might not win favor in the politically split state Senate, a source said.

As part of a 10-point “women’s agenda,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed codifying under state law the abortion rights currently guaranteed on the federal level by the Roe v. Wade court decision. The proposal has been a lightning rod for the package of legislation, which includes other widely supported ideas such as reducing human trafficking and cracking down on sexual harassment.

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Some Republicans have said Cuomo’s proposal possibly expands access to late-term or so-called partial-birth abortions, though women’s groups vigorously disagree. Still, Cuomo might consider adding language to his proposal to specifically address the GOP’s criticism.

Even so, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) has been adamant that he will block the measure from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.

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