ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. George E. Pataki plans to veto legislation that would allow women to buy the "morning-after" pill without a prescription, a decision described by abortion rights advocates as "sheer political expediency" to build conservative support for a 2008 presidential run.
State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long said he was pleased with the Republican governor's decision.
Pataki disclosed his plans on the RU-486 pill Sunday night through spokesman Kevin Quinn, who said the governor's primary objection was that the bill "provides no protection whatsoever for minors."
"If this and other flaws in the bill are addressed, and a responsible version of the bill is advanced, the governor would support it," Quinn said.
Similar legislation was vetoed last week by fellow Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, who is eyeing a White House bid.