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Cuomo vows to make abortion constitutional in New York

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Governor Andrew Cuomo vowing to codify the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision into New York state law on Monday, a decision that would give New Yorkers the right to an abortion. 

The Supreme Court's 1973 decision, made 46 years ago this month, recognizes a constitutional right to terminate pregnancies.

Joined by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the high profile Democrats shared the stage at Barnard College in Manhattan as the governor and legislature vowed to pass the Reproductive Health Act within the first 30 days of the legislative session.

 "The Republican Senate said you don't need a state law codifying Roe v. Wade.  No administration would ever roll back Roe v. Wade," said Gov. Cuomo. 

"The Republican Senate says no administration would do this.  It's not necessary.  It's federal precedent, it won't change.  From Republican Senators.  No sane administration would go near Roe v. Wade.  They were right," Cuomo added. 

The bill would strengthen New York’s abortion laws and also enact a bill requiring insurance companies to provide contraceptive coverage for women.

In past years, efforts to put federal legal protections of abortion rights into New York state law were blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. But now, that the Democrats seized complete control of New York State's government in the November elections, the Reproductive Health Act is expected to pass when the Senate begins its legislative session on Wednesday. 

"But the struggle for women's equality is not simply something to be read about in the pages of your history books. It continues to be the fight of our lifetime," said Clinton. "Women's ability to get basic health care, our right to make the most deeply personal decisions is facing the most significant threats in recent memory. This administration has rolled back access to reproductive health services at home and around the world, and proposed cuts to international health, development and diplomacy that put both women's lives and our national security at risk."

New York Democrats are hoping to secure abortion rights in the state by January 22nd.