NY passes abortion rights bill

A new abortion law passed by New York's Democratic-led state legislature and signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo permits abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, up to the very moment of birth, for nearly any reason.

"Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman's right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion", Cuomo said.

Now, that option is allowed after that point if the mother's life or health is at stake or if her fetus is not viable.

On Tuesday night, after passing the Senate and the Assembly, the Reproductive Health Act received its final approval from the governor. "Late term abortions had only previously been authorized in NY if done to save the life of the mother".

"This awful news comes alongside an Iowa judge's decision to strike down that state's heartbeat bill, saying it violated the state's constitution".

Sarah Weddington (left), the attorney who represented "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade, sits with Governor Andrew Cuomo as he signs the RHA.

The legislation had previously been blocked for years by Republicans but was easily approved by Democrats, who now control both chambers of the state legislature.

"In striking down the blatantly unconstitutional Iowa abortion ban", said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, Huppert "sent a message that women's rights will not be used as political pawns in anti-choice extremists' attempts to impose their ideology on others". "It follows in the footsteps of the Iowa Supreme Court decision on abortion in 2018 that recognized the fundamental right to a safe and legal abortion for Iowa women, which can not be legislated away".

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins - the first woman to lead the New York Senate - said the bill was important at a time when abortion rights are precarious.

The law updates NY abortion laws to meet the original standards laid out in Roe v. Wade.

"I was speaking to one of my daughters and I said, 'Oh, it's great the legislature is gonna pass the Reproductive Health Act. I am grateful for the governor's support", she said.

"This law goes a long way for getting rid of abortion stigma, especially for young women and women in college". She criticized the part of the law allowing medical professionals other than doctors to perform abortions, saying Roe v. Wade requires a licensed physician perform the procedure.

Anti-abortion activists in Rhode Island are fighting legislative attempts to enshrine abortion protections in state law.

The legislation has moved abortion from New York's criminal code to its public health code. In honor of the thousands of babies that will die in the years to come, we shall not be collecting sales tax for this tyrannical government today.

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