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Thursday's non-shocker: Assembly passes abortion rights bill

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- The Assembly just passed a 10-point bill dubbed the "women's equality agenda,'' which includes a controversial abortion rights provision.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver decided to pass a bill containing all 10 points that forced some abortion opponent lawmakers to vote no even though they supported nine of the points, such as stronger sexual harassment provisions.

The real fight remains in the Senate, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and women's organizations are attempting to push four breakaway Democrats who control the Senate with the Republicans to push the abortion bill to the floor. It will all come to a head Friday when the abortion bill has been lawfully aged for three days before it can be acted on. Senate co-leader Dean Skelos on Thursday afternoon repeated his pledge that the bill will not make it to the floor.

The Assembly vote on the 10-point package was 97 to 47. The debate lasted nearly four hours.

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