The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on January 22, 2019.
- Removed abortion-related crimes from the books in cases where pregnant women miscarry after being assaulted;
- Allows third-trimester abortions for any reason (removing ambiguity that was present in existing law);
- Allows abortions to be performed by medical personnel other than physicians; and
- Repealed a law that mandated the provision of medical care to viable babies born alive as a result of late-term abortions.
Gov. Cuomo held a ceremonial bill signing after the Legislature passed the RHA. The ceremony was attended by Sarah Weddington, the attorney who argued the Roe v. Wade case before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1973. Speaking of Ms. Weddington, Gov. Cuomo said, “‘You couldn’t write a better story of heroism and courage and leadership.'” Gov. Cuomo also affirmed his desire to go beyond the RHA by passing a pro-abortion amendment to the New York State Constitution.
Since its passage, the RHA has met with local and national outrage. Many New Yorkers have asked what they can do to push back against this appalling new law. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF)—New York’s evangelical Christian advocacy organization—has prepared a petition demanding the repeal of the RHA. To view and sign the petition today, please click here. NYCF intends to deliver these petitions to Gov. Cuomo’s office following our Legislative Day event on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
NYCF’s goal is to gather tens of thousands of petition signatures between now and March 19. Would you help us achieve our goal by clicking here and signing the petition today?