Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to strengthen state abortion rights is energizing not just his liberal Democratic base, but outnumbered opponents who claim it's a "stealth expansion" of abortion.
Cuomo says the bill simply aligns state law with the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. Supporters want state law to match current federal law so that if the federal law is struck down, as some fear, New York will have the same abortion rights as now.
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos has said he won't agree to bring the abortion proposal to the floor for a vote.
Republicans will get support for that position Wednesday when hundreds of opponents of Cuomo's proposal are scheduled to meet with legislators.