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      Abortion doctor conviction bolsters NY Senate GOP opposition to Cuomo's proposal

      New York Senate Republicans say Monday's murder conviction of a Philadelphia abortion doctor bolsters their opposition in Albany to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's abortion proposal.

      Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos says the conviction shows the danger of passing a proposal by Senate Democrats that would expand late-term abortions and what Skelos called "similar horrors."

      Cuomo says he doesn't plan the drastic expansion of abortion rights Skelos expects. Cuomo says he wants to protect existing rights.

      On Monday, Cuomo said the murder conviction doesn't mean anything in New York's current debate because there's always been a clear difference between authorized medical procedures and those that are illegal.

      Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder after he routinely performed illegal late-term abortions in his Philadelphia clinic.