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Skelos says Cuomo abortion bill not needed or wanted

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- As Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning was upstairs in the Capitol unveiling his abortion rights measure, Senate co-leader Dean Skelos was dismissing the plan's future.

"I don't believe it's necessary to pass litmus test legislation when New York state has the highest rate of abortions in the nation and the law is not going to change in New York state,'' Skelos, a Long Island Republican, said in a hallway interview as Cuomo was speaking with advocates in the Red Room on behalf of his abortion access bill.

"That's the reality, so let's move on to the other parts of the women's equality package, which I believe we're very close to an agreement,'' Skelos said.

Cuomo said his bill merely affirms the current abortion rights in New York. "You are pro-choice or you are pro-life,'' Cuomo said.

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