Contentious NY Senate feuds over 'women's week'

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Posted: Jan 19, 2012 6:07 PM
Contentious NY Senate feuds over 'women's week'

The often contentious New York Senate can agree on one thing _ women make up more than half of the nation's population.

Otherwise, state Democrats and Republicans disagreed Thursday on everything else in a proposed proclamation to recognize Jan. 22-28 as "Reproductive Rights and Justice Week."

Democrats proposed the proclamation. Then Republicans struck through 10 entire paragraphs of the 12-paragraph proposal. The two sides disagreed on whether women are solely responsible for bearing children, and Republicans gutted support for abortion rights, contraception and "medically accurate sexuality education."

Democrats can bring the proposal back up but say they won't support the Republican version.