New York Expands Abortion Rights Statewide

With Trump threatening to roll back abortion rights NYS set to expand and strengthen its own laws

The bill was first introduced in the Democratic-run Assembly in 2006 but had not been taken up by the Senate until the Democrats wrested control from Republicans this year.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signing into law the Reproductive Health Act, strengthening abortion rights in New York State Tuesday.

"This order will make it clear that state employees receiving government funded health insurance have the same rights to control their bodies and make their own healthcare decisions as everyone else in the state", Pritzker said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, while vowing as well that IL "will be the most progressive state in the nation" when it comes to abortion.

Previously New York did not allow women to have abortions after 24 weeks unless their life was in danger; doctors faced up to seven years in prison for performing third-trimester abortions otherwise.

More recently states are passing laws that put hard time limits on the legality of an abortion: 15 weeks in MS, 11 weeks in Kentucky, after the detection of a heartbeat in Iowa.

The legislation was then signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

"We must continue taking action against state legislation that chips away access to safe and legal abortion for women", said Amy Weintraub, Reproductive Rights Program Director at Progress Florida.

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"With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in NY will always have the fundamental right to control their own body", he added.

The decades that have followed have not cooled the zeal of Roe's opponents, who have succeeded in passing state laws that make it more hard for women to choose an abortion, especially poor women.

"New York once led the way on choice and women's rights", Stewart-Cousins said. "That moment where they actually, on a national level, might reverse women's rights is here", she said, according to WNYC.

"I was speaking to one of my daughters and I said, 'Oh, it's great the legislature is gonna pass the Reproductive Health Act. Would that not make us truly the most enlightened and progressive state in the nation?" asked New York's Catholic Bishops, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in a statement.

Supporters of the bill rejected those concerns, noting that the 1973 abortion law is rarely used in domestic violence cases and that charges including assault, aggravated assault and attempted murder could still be sought.

He's not the only one who was horrified by what just transpired in the NY legislature.

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