New York Passes New Abortion Law

Posted on April 24, 2019 by

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On 23 January 2019,  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new abortion law into legislation.

The law makes it easier for state residents to have post-availability, third-trimester abortions.

The old law only allowed abortions in the third-trimester if the mother’s health was in danger.

The bill AB 6221 passed with a vote of 94-49. This new law will allow abortion to take place up to nine months into the pregnancy.

The reasoning behind the action would have to be if the woman had physical, emotional, or psychological complications.

The text of the bill states that “an abortion may be performed by a licensed, certified, or authorized practitioner within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or if there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.”

New Yorkers have tried unsuccessfully to pass this legislation since the days of Governor Eliot Spitzer in the late 2000s.

This new law allows abortions  through the third-trimester up to birth. New York specifically passed this law in case the Roe v. Wade principle is overturned.

The new law protects abortion and also removes abortion from the state’s criminal code.

“It’s about the health and safety of the mother and it’s always been the point where the conservatives wave the flag, they want to roll back Roe v Wade–this is not gray here, it’s black and white,” Cuomo said.

“I do not support abortion.  The pain the baby goes through is insane. I do not support abortions in the late term because it could cause more harm to the mother. I feel horrible knowing an infant child is getting their life taken away; my stomach drops thinking about it,” Fleetwood Area High School Senior Chloe Allison said.

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