Women's agenda in NY is stopped

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver tells The Associated Press his chamber won't take up nine women's rights measures even if the Senate approves them.

Silver spoke moments after the Senate refused to approve an abortion bill the Assembly approved Thursday.

Silver says negotiations over the abortion provision will continue after Friday's end of session. He continues to refuse to break up the 10-point women's rights package that includes the controversial abortion proposal.

The Senate intends to consider nine of the items separately, including anti-discrimination measures, and had hoped to send them to the Assembly for approval.

Silver says that won't happen now.

After Friday's action, the two chambers won't have identical bills, which would be needed to pass a law.