By Jeff McCoy
As the pro-life movement continues to gain momentum across the nation New York state passed a new law that, under certain conditions, allowed late-term abortion. With President Trump nominating pro-life justices and federal judges to the bench, pro-choice organizers have pushed hard for state law protection for abortion in case Roe v Wade is overturned in the future. The bill was passed on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the Reproductive Health Act into law immediately. This new law extends abortion rights over a previous law which only permitted abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman’s life was at risk. This new law removes the act of abortion from the criminal code, removes safety regulations on the procedure, and allows non-doctors to perform abortions.
His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York quickly responded in his office blog (http://cardinaldolan.org/
‘On this somber 46th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, our elected officials in Albany seem frantic to enact the most radical abortion expansion bill in a state already notorious for its denial of civil rights to the pre-born baby.
‘Forty-six years ago, on January 22, 1973, we were assured by the jubilant abortionists not to worry: abortion, they assured us, was a deeply regrettable act; it had to remain rare; life-giving alternatives were to be encouraged; the lethal procedure was to be resorted to only in the earliest months.
‘Well, that all has been disregarded. If our governor, senate, and assembly has their way, abortion will be legal up to the moment of birth; those large numbers of healthcare professionals who find the termination of pre-born babies repugnant will have no conscience rights to object; trained physicians will be not be required to perform the dismemberment; and a baby who survives the scalpel, saline, or suction, and is still alive, can be left to die without any care. This is “progressive?”
This was not the first attempt by abortionist to change the law in New York state. Others attempts were blocked in the state Senate by Republicans. Democratic party gains in the state Senate made it possible for the bill to become law this time.
“We have a president who has made it very, very clear that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. Today in New York we are saying ‘No. Not here in New York.’” Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate’s new leader said.
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