Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
Abortion has always been a controversial issue, but New York’s recent decision to legalize abortion up to birth has pushed people over the top. While some people are praising the right to choose to abort until full-term, others remain distraught over the decision to “kill an almost born baby.” People have even gone as far to post a picture of their newborn child, (in most cases preemie babies), saying things like, “Hey New York, this one isn’t due until the 25th, do I still have a choice?” Needless to say, this has sparked a lot of controversy on social media outlets over the new law and abortion in general.
As of Jan. 22, the New York Senate removed the restriction on late-term abortion to replace it with one that allows unborn babies to be aborted until their day of birth. This act, called The Reproductive Health Act, passed 38-28, and was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo shortly after. This act also removed abortion from the criminal code of New York and it is no longer defined as homicide in the state. Until this act came underway, the “murder” of an unborn child in the third trimester was considered a felony in the state of New York and was punishable by up to seven years in prison.
It is rumored that signing this bill into law will apparently protect abortion rights in the state of New York, even if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade establishes a constitutional right to have access to a safe and legal abortion, which was decided on Jan. 22, 1973. Per Planned Parenthood’s website, “a survey conducted in the 1960s found that eight in ten women with low incomes in New York City who had an abortion attempted a dangerous, self-induced procedure.” The addition of the constitutional right to access a safe and legal abortion came ten years later. Regardless of the “right to do it,” women were still attempting illegal abortions. The Supreme Court found in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey in 1992 that the government may impose restrictions on abortion in the interests of balancing women’s health and the protection of human life.
Pro-life supporters are not in favor of this new act because they believe allowing abortion up until birth is just waiting until later to take a human life that would be able to survive in the outside world once born. There is even a petition between some Pro-Life supporters to excommunicate Gov. Cuomo from the Catholic Church because of his support, promotion, and signage on this law that allows abortions up to birth.
According to CBN News, “the act states that every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.” This is the other end of the spectrum of beliefs based around the Reproductive Health Act. Many people are saying that this law was passed with the right to protect a woman’s right to choose. Gov. Cuomo confirmed that when he spoke to CBN News, “today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion.”