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New York GOP vows to block Cuomo abortion expansion bill

Kirsten Andersen

ALBANY, NY, April 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – The Republican leader of the New York State Senate vowed Tuesday to block any abortion legislation offered by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo from coming to the floor for a vote.

“Expansion of late-term abortion is extreme, in my opinion. It’s not progressive, it’s extreme,” Senator Dean Skelos told the Associated Press.

In his State of the State address in January, Cuomo threw his support behind a sweeping abortion expansion bill that would lift restrictions on third-trimester abortions, allowed non-doctors to perform the procedure, and enshrine a fundamental right to “terminate a pregnancy” in New York state law.  The New York Catholic Conference warned that if the bill were to pass, the state’s Catholic hospitals could be forced to shut down.

The governor has since backpedaled.  His staffers now insist he only wants to preserve the status quo on abortion in New York.  But details of Cuomo’s abortion proposal have not been forthcoming, even as the governor has tried to broker a deal.

Now, it appears there is no deal to be had.  “Those [abortion] laws are not going to be changed in New York state,” Skelos told the AP Tuesday. “What people are interested in right now? Jobs, taxes, affordability.”  Skelos added that in his opinion, “There's no need, absolutely no need” to expand access to abortion in the state of New York, where one-third of all pregnancies already end in abortion.

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