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NY Gov. Cuomo: put Roe v. Wade in state constitution

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to amend the state constitution to codify abortion rights should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

Addressing hundreds of abortion-rights supporters rallying in Albany, the Democrat said the state must ensure that legal access to abortion services and birth control continues regardless of the policies of President Donald Trump and Washington Republicans.

Trump says he plans to announce his first nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Abortion-rights supporters say they worry the new court could overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

New York statute legalized abortion three years before Roe. But Cuomo says a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure current abortion rights aren't rolled back.

Constitutional amendments require two separate legislative votes before going to voters.

AP-WF-01-30-17 1954GMT

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