For 12 years in a row, Democratic governors in New York State have been trying to expand New York’s abortion law. They’ve tried a variety of tactics, including tying it to a package of “women’s equality issues” and sneaking it into the state budget proposal.

Following the November 2018 elections, Governor Andrew Cuomo gained a Democratic-controlled State Senate, a new majority which was also intent on decriminalizing abortion in New York State. Thus, on January 22, 2019, the state legislature tragically passed and the governor signed the “Reproductive Health Act,” which became Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2019. Here’s what the law did:

  • It elevated abortion to the status of a “fundamental right” in New York State;
  • It eliminated New York’s ban on most abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy, allowing abortion for any reason, at any time, and by any means in our state;
  • It empowered non-doctors to perform abortions, and granted discretionary power to state bureaucrats to decide just who may do so;
  • It removed protections and criminal accountability for involuntary abortions, such as those coerced by pimps and traffickers, and acts of violence resulting in the death of an unborn child; and
  • It legalized infanticide by removing the legal obligation for health providers to provide medical care to any infant who is accidentally born alive during an abortion.

While this may be the law in the Empire State, New Yorkers for Life remains committed to ensuring that vulnerable women faced with unplanned pregnancies have the support and resources they need to bear new life. We aim to make abortion unthinkable. We are a diverse, statewide coalition formed to protect and respect women, children and all innocent human lives from the first moment of their creation to their natural end.

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