New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms remains deeply grieved over the passage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA).
Sadly, New York is not the only state to consider abortion expansion legislation this year.
In recent days, the State of Virginia gained unwanted national attention because of its abortion expansion bill: The Repeal Act (H.R. 2491). According to Vox.com, the Repeal Act would “roll back a number of requirements, including a 24-hour waiting period” and a requirement that third-trimester abortions not be performed unless continuing the pregnancy would “‘substantially and irremediably impair’” a mother’s mental or physical health.
The sponsor of the Repeal Act, Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran, made headlines when she stated that her bill would allow an abortion to be performed after the mother had gone into labor. Delegate Tran later claimed that her assertion had been incorrect, and that anti-infanticide laws would prohibit such an act. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam then waded into the fray; the Governor expressed support for the Repeal Act, but appeared to state that it would allow born-alive infants to be euthanized or denied care. The Governor’s office later clarified that the Governor did not support infanticide.
There is good news and bad news on the Repeal Act. The good news is that on February 4, 2019, the Act was tabled by a subcommittee. The bad news? New York’s recently-passed RHA is even worse than the Repeal Act.