New York's Senate Republicans are slamming Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to expand abortion rights.
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos says the proposal is just wrong.
Skelos, who runs the majority with six independent Democrats, calls Cuomo's proposal an extreme measure from the radical left. Under a power-sharing deal, Skelos could block the measure from a vote.
Cuomo hasn’t yet issued his bill with all the details of his proposal, but he calls for ending what he calls discrimination and government interference against women in making choices about their bodies and would move abortion into health law, out of criminal statutes. The proposal has strong support in the Assembly’s Democratic majority.
Skelos also says the change isn't needed in New York, where abortion is legal, paid for by Medicaid, and requires no parental notification.
Cuomo packaged the abortion rights measure in a women’s rights package that included proposals to assure equal pay, workplace rights, and bills combating abuse against women. At this point, Cuomo has tied all the measures together, requiring the Legislature to approve all or none of the proposals.
Skelos sees no threat to abortion rights.
Advocates, however, are worried that the federal Roe v. Wade measure that legalized abortion will be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Skelos also says he doesn't think Democrats alone would have enough votes to pass Cuomo's proposal.