Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said today that the GOP conference would not support legislation that would codify abortion rights into state law.
“Even if Roe v. Wade was overturned, the laws wouldn’t change here,” Skelos said. “You can put it in statute if you’re so concerned about it, but legislators down the road – which won’t happen in New York – could repeal it.”
Skelos said the GOP conference – which shares control of the Senate with a group of Democrats – is seeking other measures to bolster women’s rights. But the conference wouldn’t support the abortion piece.
“What people are talking about are jobs, taxes, spending,” he said. “That’s what they are concerned about. And very few people at all ever believe – whether you are pro life or pro choice – believe that the abortion laws in New York would be changed.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is pushing his 10-point “Women’s Equality Agenda” as a top priority, said at a news conference last week that passing the abortion measure would be a challenge.
“I understand their position. They’re saying they’re not doing it,” Cuomo said, referring to Senate Republicans. ” They’ve been consistent in saying that, and I’ve been consistent in saying I believe it should be done. And until the bell rings, I am going to keep saying I think it should be done and keep looking for ways to get it done.”