GOV. CUOMO PUSHES FOR MORE ABORTIONS IN NYS
March 21, 2013
ALBANY, NY - In his State of the State message Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York shouted four times that it’s “her body; it’s her choice!” and promised to press for passage of the Reproductive Health Act that some are calling the Abortion Expansion Act. New York has had an abortion law on the books since 1970 – three years before the Supreme Court made easy access to abortion the law of the land.
There are more abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 to 44 in New York than any other state in the nation.
In New York City, where most of the state’s abortions are performed, the Health Department has reported that in 2009 there were 121,745 births and 80,629 abortions. In other words, 40 percent of all pregnancies in New York City were terminated.The abortion rate in NYC for African-Americans is 60 percent, for Hispanics 41 percent – and 45 percent of births happen out of wedlock.
Despite these statistics, the Reproductive Health Act could revise the state abortion law by repealing the 24-week limit and permitting late-term abortions when the mother’s health is in danger or if the fetus is not viable. In determining a mother’s health, various factors that could be considered include age, emotional maturity, and economic and social status. Under these terms, an abortion would essentially be permissible at any time for almost any reason.