Republican Leader: Governor Cuomo's Abortion Bill Not Coming to the Floor
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
A key component of Governor Cuomo's 20-13 agenda appears in jeopardy. The governor said Wednesday he does not have enough votes in the state senate to bring an abortion bill he has championed to the floor.
New York State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says a bill that would codify the abortion rights protections of the Roe vs. Wade decision under state law decision won’t be coming up for a vote in the State Senate.
“We’re not going to put in on the floor,” Skelos said. “In my opinion and the opinion of my conference, that bill is not moving.”
Senator Skelos says abortion rights are not in jeopardy, so there's no need. Governor Cuomo concedes he does not currently have the right formula for a bill that would garner enough votes in the Senate.
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“We do not yet have language for a bill where we have identified enough votes with certainty that it would pass,” Cuomo said.
Around 30 Democrats in the Senate who would likely vote for a version of the reproductive health act, but 32 votes are needed to pass legislation.
The governor said he is working with a coalition of women’s groups to come up with legislation that could be agreeable to a handful of moderate Senate Republicans,who could then join with the Democrats to vote yes.