New York’s 2019 abortion expansion bill known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) made national news due to its callous disregard for the health of women and the lives of the unborn. One of the many egregious provisions of the RHA was its removal of all abortion-related crimes from the criminal code.
The Liv Act (Bill S.2129-Jordan/A.4843-DiPietro) would restore some protections for pregnant women and unborn babies that the RHA removed from New York law. The Liv Act would make it a Class D felony for a person who is aware of a woman’s pregnancy to intentionally injure her. Under the Liv Act, perpetrators of such injuries would face punishment whether or not their crimes result in harm to an unborn child. The bill is named for Liv Abreu, a military veteran from the Bronx who was stabbed by her boyfriend six times while she was pregnant. While Abreu survived the attack, her unborn child did not.
The Liv Act explicitly excludes abortion providers from its provisions. Therefore, pro-choice Members of the Legislature should have no objection to it. Furthermore, if they truly are pro-choice, they should support legislation that protects a woman’s right to choose to carry her pregnancy to term. Accordingly, NYCF calls upon the Legislature to pass the Liv Act as soon as possible.