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Women's agenda derailed over abortion

By MICHAEL GORMLEY
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Some elements of the women's coalition that insisted the Legislature pass all 10 elements of a women's rights package are balking now that a controversial abortion proposal is sinking the other nine measures.

Even Family Planning Advocates, an abortion rights group, urged the Assembly late Friday night to take up the nine measures passed by the Senate hours earlier.

The Senate passed the nine measures as stand alone bills addressing pay equity, discrimination and human trafficking, but the Republican conference blocked the abortion measure.

The Democrat-led Assembly passed a single bill with all 10 measures, but refused Friday to take up the Senate's individual bills. Democratic assemblywomen insisted abortion be approved.

It became clear Friday night that the abortion bill would cost the other nine points despite widespread legislative support.

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