Albany, NY (January 28, 2013) – Earlier this evening, at the 46th Annual Conservative Party Political Action Conference (CPPAC), Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R, C, IP-Rockville Centre) announced that the New York State Senate would not pass partial birth abortion expansion legislation in 2013.
That legislation, referred to as the Reproductive Health Act and championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this year's State of the State Address, would recognize a fundamental right to abortion under New York law, empower non-physicians to perform abortions, jeopardize religious liberty, and allow late-term abortions to be performed in outpatient clinics.
Jason J. McGuire, Chairman of the Livingston County Conservative Party, made the following comments:
"The Conservative Party is a pro-life party. As a Conservative, I applaud Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos for his strong statement. The Governor’s late-term abortion proposal would only lower standards for women’s health and further endanger unborn life. The State of New York needs elected officials who will stand up for the sanctity of human life, and that is exactly what Leader Skelos and his Republican Conference did today. I would especially like to recognize local Senators Patrick Gallivan (R, C, I-Elma) and Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean) for their support on this issue."