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Abortion proposal appeared unlikely from the start

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to strengthen abortion rights basically hasn’t gone anywhere since Republicans declared it off limits in January.

Cuomo has proposed a state law that would keep in place current abortion rights under the landmark Roe v. Wade if the decision were ever reversed. No sooner than Cuomo proposed it did Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) say the Senate wouldn’t take up the bill.

Cuomo and staff have produced numerous newspaper opinion pieces and held news conferences. Advocates have tried to pressure Democrats and Republicans they viewed as swing votes; and they tried to pressure a dissident group of Democrats who have formed a governing coalition with Skelos to join back with regular Democrats just to pass this bill.

Still, nothing has changed since January when Skelos said at a state Conservative Party dinner “We will block that,” referring to the abortion proposal.

Cuomo conceded Monday what seemed to be true for months: The bill wasn’t going anywhere this legislative session. He said Skelos has been "consistent" in his opposition.


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