Westchester organization disagrees with governor's plan to veto contraception bill

The president of the Planned Parenthood serving Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties said Monday that she thinks the governor is trying to appease conservatives by not supporting a measure that would make the morning-after pill available without a prescription.

Governor George Pataki (R-NY) says the reason he will veto the bill allowing anyone to have access to emergency contraception is because it does not require parental consent for minors. Planned Parenthood President Reina Schiffrin says the measure would prevent 120,000 unintended pregnancies, which leads to approximately 80,000 abortions a year.

State Senator Nick Spano (R-Yonkers) believes the governor?s decision has less to do with politics and more to do with the specifics of the legislaton.

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