The passage of the so-called Reproductive Health Act (RHA) last January was a tragedy, an injustice, and a national disgrace.
Thankfully, a recent article at Gothamist.com offers some indications that the RHA has not (yet) resulted in a surge in third-trimester abortions.
Controversially, the article asserts that one purpose of the RHA was “to provide a real-world change in New York by making it easier for women to get abortions in the third trimester, after 24 weeks of pregnancy.” This assertion is noteworthy, given that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other RHA advocates spent years denying that late-term abortion expansion was a goal of the legislation.
The article—written from a strongly pro-abortion perspective—goes on to bemoan the law’s failure to result in greater late-term abortion access; it states that “the reality for women seeking late abortions in New York has barely changed” since the RHA became law and adds that “almost no abortion providers offer third trimester abortions in the state.” It’s still early, however; the article states that both Planned Parenthood (which currently performs abortions up to 24 weeks’ gestation) and Parkmed (which performs abortions up to 26 weeks’ gestation) are both “‘exploring’” the potential to provide abortions later in pregnancy. According to the article, only one private New York City abortion clinic (Parkmed) will perform abortions up to 26 weeks’ gestation. Several other health care providers would not tell Gothamist what gestational limits—if any—they observed in their abortion practices.
State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), the lead Senate sponsor of the RHA, indicated that she was “both surprised and disappointed” in Gothamist’s findings as to third-trimester abortion availability. The Senator added, “‘If you’re a Catholic hospital, okay, I get it, but otherwise it’s not acceptable to not address women’s emergency needs.’”
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms we have one question, why does the political left have such an insatiable appetite for late-term abortion?