New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is refusing to sign the state’s budget unless the legislature passes a bill that makes abortion up until birth for any reason legal in the state. He is also calling on the legislature to enshrine abortion as a right guaranteed in the state constitution. While delivering a pro-abortion speech with former first lady Hillary Clinton at his side, the 61-year-old Democrat vowed not to support the 2019-2020 state budget legislation until the state legislature approves the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act. Cuomo’s vow comes after Democrats retook control of the New York Senate in the 2018 midterm elections.
The vow also comes as the Trump administration has worked to advance pro-life policies. Now that conservatives have a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, some abortion-proponents fear that a Supreme Court decision could one day overturn Roe v. Wade. According to the language of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA): “Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child or have an abortion.” The act would also remove abortion from the state’s penal code. The bill has passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly in the past but has stalled for over a decade in the Republican-led senate.
The Governor is again pushing for abortion through to birth, and even after, by way of the so-called ‘Reproductive Health Act.’ Now he has an anti-Life Democrat-led Senate to help him get it through. In a policy statement on the Reproductive Health Act, N.Y. State Right to Life explained that the legislation would not only increase abortions but “expose mothers to increased dangers by removing protections currently in place.” Current law only allows duly licensed physicians to perform an abortion up to the 24th week of the pregnancy, but the RHA would allow any licensed health care practitioner to perform an abortion as long as the practitioner acts in “good faith.”
“Supporters of RHA claim it merely seeks to update New York’s laws to make them consistent with Roe v. Wade. This claim is false,” the New York State Right to Life claim. “The changes this bill would make would authorize abortion through all nine months, for any reason, with no restrictions.” The New York based “Feminists Choosing Life” is also opposing the bill. One point of opposition they have is the heinous legalization of abortion during the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy through including an exception allowing women to abort viable foetuses for any reason; including economic or familial health.
Kelly Brunacini, a group member said. “The vast majority of Americans, including in New York, oppose late-term abortions. As a New Yorker, Democrat and feminist, I can’t help but wonder what history will say about a people who allow the legalized killing of fully formed human beings for the sake of exerting political dominance.” NY State Right to Life also contends that the bill would prevent the prosecution of illegal abortions. The bill will enshrine the right to an abortion in state law, however another vote of the state legislature would be required to kick off the amendment approval process.
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