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As GOP'er, Levy 'evolves' on abortion rights

One of the many things that State Conservative Party chairman Mike Long holds against Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is his perfect score from the National Abortion Rights Action League.
But the Levy campaign now says his position on abortion has “evolved” since he filled out that questionnaire as a county legislator in 1999.
These days, Levy says he’s pro-choice but against so-called “partial-birth” abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ban on the procedure three years ago.
But Levy had told NARAL he was opposed to any ban, writing he supported “current law” at the time - which allowed pregnancies to be terminated in the third trimester to protect the life or health of the mother.
Now NARAL’s not happy with Levy, either.
“The issue of “partial-birth” abortion spins on whether a woman’s health is considered in decisions around late-term procedures,” spokeswoman Samantha Levine said.“ We are concerned that Levy now supports an abortion ban even when a woman’s health is in danger – a position at direct odds with NARAL Pro-Choice New York’s values.”
A Levy spokesman said he has studied the issue and now thinks “health” should be defined more narrowly - excluding the mother’s mental health from consideration.
In any event, abortion is not a strict litmus test for the Conservatives, who have supported former Rep. Rick Lazio despite his own pro-choice stance (with exceptions: he supports the “partial birth” ban and opposes federal funding for abortions).
But Lazio has at least not embarrassed Mike Long by ever filling out a questionnaire for NARAL.

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