Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed that if the Democratic Party takes control of the New York State Senate on Election Day, the Senate will pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) within the first 30 days of next year’s legislative session. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following remarks:
“This is what the Governor’s cherished Reproductive Health Act would do:
- Eliminate the requirement that abortions be performed only by licensed physicians;
- Take abortion-related crimes off the books in cases where pregnant women miscarry after being assaulted;
- Unambiguously establish a state-law right to abortion after more than 24 weeks’ gestation when the abortion is “necessary to protect the patient’s life or health” (which, based on court decisions, would allow late-term abortion for any reason at all); and
- Repeal existing protections for viable babies born alive following late-term abortions.
The provisions of this bill are nothing short of appalling, which is why legislators on both sides of the abortion debate have voted against it (and other bills like it) over many years. Sadly, Gov. Cuomo and his allies not only support the RHA, but see it as a top priority; in fact, Gov. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins caused Senate operations to grind to a screeching halt for several days this past May in a failed attempt to force a vote on this bill. If Gov. Cuomo fought for constructive, common-sense policies with the same passion and urgency that have animated his push for this divisive measure, the State of New York would be a better place.”
Rev. McGuire concluded, “On November 6, voters should remember that late-term abortion expansion is Gov. Cuomo’s top priority. In light of that, we call upon New York voters to choose candidates that will have the moral compass and the moral courage to stand up for what is right. The State of New York cannot allow the Governor’s cold-hearted, extremist agenda to become a reality.”