IDC Leader Jeff Klein just launched a last-ditch attempt to get the abortion piece of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act to the floor, only to be shot down when 32 senators – 30 Republicans and two Democrats – voted to block him.

Not long after the Senate finally gaveled into session after a delay of just over six hours (session was supposed to start at 10 a.m.), Klein announced that an amendment had been submitted and asked that it be read. Presiding over the chamber was another IDC member (and Klein’s girlfriend), Sen. Diane Savino, who ruled that the amendment – the abortion rights plank of Cuomo’s 10-point act – was indeed germane.

Savino’s ruling was challenged by Sen. Tom Libous, the deputy leader for the Republican conference, and he insisted on a show of hands – not merely a voice vote, as requested by Savino.

UPDATE1: A source who was in the chamber for the vote tells me it wasn’t Libous who asked for a show of hands, but rather Sens. Mike Gianaris and Klein himself, who issued the call almost simultaneously and then shared a thumbs-up, much to the amusement of their colleagues. (Because, as you know these two are longtime rivals and allegedly can’t stand one another).

I was following the debate on the Senate’s live feed, and was unable to count hands. But it’s a safe bet that one of the Democratic “no” votes came from Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder, a conservative who conferences with the GOP. The other was definitely cast by Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., who spoke passionately on the floor in opposition to the amendment.

It is well known that Diaz Sr., a Bronx Democrat and Pentecostal minister, is anti-abortion. During his speech, he echoed a familiar argument from the right – that New York is the “abortion capital” of the nation – and said rates are particularly high in black and Latino neighborhoods. Diaz Sr. accused abortion providers of “making money” off low-income women of color.

For the record, Diaz Sr. also voted “no” on a hostile amendment submitted early this morning by members of his own conference who sought to force a vote on campaign finance reform.

Recall that Cuomo has been calling for an up-or-down vote on all ten pieces of the Women’s Equality Act in the Senate, so voters can be sure where their respective lawmakers stand – especially when it comes to the question of choice. The governor also said that refusing to vote on the abortion bill would be, in his eyes, tantamount to voting “no” outright.

So, prepare for this hostile amendment vote to be used in a political fashion by abortion rights advocates who are eager to pin the blame on someone for the death of the Women’s Equality Agenda (most likely the Senate Republicans). It remains to be seen whether they’ll be satisfied with Klein’s effort today, since they’ve been pushing him for weeks now to use his leverage as co-leader of the Senate to get the bill to the floor for a full-house vote.

UPDATE2: Klein’s amendment did not pass muster with NARAL Pro-Choice/NY, whose president, Andrea Miller, issued this statement:

“The people of New York of State deserve a vote on legislation codifying Roe v. Wade. The IDC has so far failed to produce such a vote. What transpired on the floor via hostile amendment was a feeble attempt by the IDC to deflect attention from its failure in recent weeks to stand up for the women of New York and the Governor’s 10 pt Women’s Equality Act.”

And Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins released the following statement shortly after Klein’s amendment failed:

“One would believe that in 2013 there were not enough Senators willing to vote to protect the health and equality of women.”

“In 1970, when choice was first passed in New York, 12 Republican Senators joined a majority of their Democratic colleagues to support this landmark legislation. In our state, women’s health has never been a Republican or Democratic issue. I find it shocking that 43 years later not one Senate Republican stood up for women’s equality.”