Albany, New York — Pro-life citizens throughout New York State are expressing concerns over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to implement a “Women’s Equality Act” that includes a bill that would expand abortion in the state.
During his recent “state of the state” address, Cuomo explained that he has a ten-part agenda that centers around women’s rights. After signing homosexual “marriage” into law in 2011, Cuomo advised that women are next on his list of goals in achieving equality in the state.
“We passed marriage equality. Let’s make history again and let’s pass a Women’s Equality Act in the State of New York,” he declared. “Maybe it’s a man’s world, but it is not a man’s world in New York. Not anymore. We are going to pass this Women’s Equality Act. We are going to change the lives for my daughters and your daughters and your sisters and your nieces and your wife and your significant other and every person in this room. Every person in this room. And we’re going to do it this year.”
In addition to seeking equal pay for women, and targeting pregnancy and housing discrimination, Cuomo also outlined that abortion expansion is a part of his plan.
“Protect a woman’s freedom of choice. Enact a Reproductive Health Act because it is her body, it is her choice,” he announced, repeating the “her body, her choice” clause three times.
The Reproductive Health Act cited by Cuomo, who lives with his girlfriend, Food Network star Sandra Lee, has already been introduced in the legislature by Democratic Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who hopes to push the bill through in an effort to forever enshrine abortion as a “right” in the state.
“[I want to] ensure that regardless of what takes place on the national levels, a woman’s right to choose will always be protected in New York State,” she said.
However, pro-life citizens throughout New York are sounding the alarm over the Reproductive Health Act, which they state will not only redefine pregnancy as beginning at implantation rather than conception, allow non-physicians to perform abortions in some instances, and jeopardize conscience protections for faith-based doctors and hospitals, but will also implement late-term abortion-on-demand.
New York currently prohibits abortions after 24 weeks — 6 months. However, Stewart-Cousins’ bill, which Cuomo seeks to enact as law, would remove most abortion limitations, allowing an abortion at any time when it is “necessary to protect a woman’s health.”
“The Reproductive Health Act would legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for virtually any reason and make abortion immune from any reasonable state regulation such as parental notification or informed consent. It would make legal late-term abortions that are now a criminal offense under current penal law,” stated Leslie Diaz of Democrats for Life of New York. “We know that the billion-dollar abortion industry preys upon Black and Hispanic families and we know that the Reproductive Health Act will sacrifice more of our children on the government’s altar of convenience. The Reproductive Health Act will result in more abortions in Black and Hispanic communities.”
Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical Christian group that fights unBiblical legislation in the state, said that he is very concerned about the legislation and Cuomo’s desire to enact it.
“This year the governor is actually publicly calling for a radical expansion of abortion here in New York State,” he told One News Now. “Currently, there is some federal protection because of the partial-birth abortion ban; but should the federal law be changed or Roe be overturned, it would mean that New York would have virtually no restrictions whatsoever on abortion at any stage of the pregnancy.”
McGuire is asking residents to write to their local representative and implore them to vote “no” on the bill and ensure that it does not reach Governor Cuomo’s desk.
As previously reported, an international symposium on “excellence in women’s health” determined last year that abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother.
“As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology, we affirm that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman,” the participants declared. “We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child. We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”
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