Cuomo calls for special session on abortion rights

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged Republican state lawmakers to reconsider their opposition to legislation codifying abortion rights in New York state law.

Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 5:17 PM
Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 5:50 PM

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 Monday 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.

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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