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Cuomo calls for special session on abortion rights

Cuomo calls for special session on abortion rights

July 10, 2018 11:45 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged Republican state lawmakers to reconsider their opposition to legislation codifying abortion rights in New York state law.

Cuomo says that the GOP-led Senate should immediately reconvene to pass the measure in light of a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Many Democrats and abortion-rights supporters believe a new justice appointed by Republican President Donald Trump could tilt the court in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

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Republican lawmakers have long opposed the measure. Lawmakers adjourned last month and aren't expected to return to Albany until next year.

Cuomo has called himself a feminist, a label he joked that God bestowed when he gave him three daughters.

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(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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