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Women’s rights package scuttled in state Legislature

Abortion bill derails overall proposal

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A series of major bills that would protect women’s rights at work, at home and when they face domestic violence was derailed Friday over a contentious late-term abortion proposal.

Senate Republicans defeated a surprise amendment that would have forced the chamber to consider the abortion measure, which was part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s women’s equality act. The Senate had planned to pass the nine other bills in the act.

But Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, ...

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