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Women's bill broken into 10 parts, abortion won't pass
ALBANY -- It's official, 90% of the Women's Equality Act will be approved by the New York State legislature this week.
Despite stating he would not pull the abortion aspect of the Women's Equality Act out of a lone bill, Governor Andrew Cuomo was part of a deal Tuesday to break the bill up. Cuomo and legislative leaders struck an agreement that would make the women's bill 10 separate pieces.
Most of the bill, 9 out of 10 points, were agreed to by Cuomo and senate leaders, said the governor Wednesday.
The abortion plank of the bill will not make it to the senate floor. That was a promise by GOP senators since the governor first outlined his plan in his state of the state address in January. Senate leaders maintained that stance again Wednesday.
Despite that Governor Cuomo says he is happy with what will be done.
"The nine are historic," Cuomo said of the bill. "The progress in those nine are historic. If we pass those nine it is a great day for the state of New York."
But women who helped craft the bill have a different take. They maintain they will push senate GOP leaders, over the last three days of session, to get the abortion plank passed.
"We have never said we are satisfied with 9 out of 10 because women are not 9/10," said Tracey Brooks of the Family Planning Advocates. "Women are a whole, all 10 of these points are important."