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Pataki to veto emergency contraception bill

[JURIST] New York Governor George Pataki [official website] said late Sunday that he will veto legislation that would permit women to purchase the "morning-after" pill [Wikipedia backgrounder] without a prescription, a decision criticized by pro-choice groups as simply an effort to build conservative support for a 2008 presidential run. A similar bill was vetoed last week [JURIST report] by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [officil website], who is also thought to be contemplating a presidential bid. Though Pataki's announcement last week that he would not seek a fourth term as governor [press release] was widely seen as a first step towards running for a national office, Republican strategists have said that his past support for abortion, gay rights, and strict gun-control laws will make it difficult for him to attract conservatives. AP has more.

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