Abortion rights bill voted down in Senate hearing

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bill that would update New York abortion law to match federal law has been voted down by the state Senate Health Committee.

As a result of the nine-to-eight vote against the Reproductive Health Act on Tuesday, It’s unlikely the bill will make it to the floor of the Senate for a vote this session.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would update state law to recognize federal abortion rights under the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.

The measure is intended to make it clear women have the right to an abortion if her health or life is in danger throughout the gestation period or if the fetus isn’t viable.

Senate Republicans oppose the legislation, saying it would allow non-doctors to perform abortions.

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