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Skelos: women's health act would lead to more late-term abortion

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Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he's strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's Reproductive Health Act. He says it would lead to too many late-term abortions.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Senator Skelos first voiced his opposition to the Governor's reproductive health act at the State's Conservative party meeting, where some conservatives have been angered by the GOP leader's vote on strict gun control measures.

Senator Skelos says the bill, which the governor presented as part of a larger Women's Equality Act, takes abortion too far.

"It is really an expansion of late term abortion and partial birth abortion," said Skelos. "That's the main accomplishment of this".

Skelos says under his interpretation of the proposal, a woman could have an abortion up until the day that the child would be born something Skelos say he thinks is "wrong."

The Senate GOP Leader says New York's current abortion laws, which have been on the books since 1970, are adequate.

He blames the "extreme" left for pushing the plan.

Republicans co-lead the Senate with a group of breakaway Democrats. Many of the members of the Independent Democratic conference support the Reproductive Health Act. A visibly annoyed IDC Leader Senator Jeff Klein said he could not comment on remarks by Skelos that he had not heard personally.

The organization NARAL Pro-Choice America says Skelos is willfully misinterpreting the reproductive health act.

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