New York is proposing legislation that will remove the current limitation on abortion that states women can have the procedure up to 24 weeks into their pregnancy. A new idea being called the "Reproductive Health Act" will allow women a fundamental right to choice between giving birth or having an abortion and they can do it at any time during the pregnancy. Specifically quoted by Amanda Prestigiacomo of the Daily Wire, it said, "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."
The woman will be eligible for the abortion provided the practitioner is acting in "good faith" and the abortion, up to the time of birth, is required to maintain the woman's life or health. Prestigiacomo reported that the therm "health" is not fully defined in the legislation. My opinion is that by not defining the term "health" they are then allowing women to have an abortion up to the time of birth and women may potentially use shady "health" excuses to not have their baby.
Although, if a woman carries a baby for nine months and no longer wants it, she can still deliver the baby and put the child up for adoption, so no abortion would be needed in that scenario where a woman is healthy.
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Parts of the legislation stated the following:
A health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized under title eight of the education law, acting within his or her lawful scope of practice, may perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner's reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient's case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient's life or health...
Another part of the legislation that some people might find disturbing is that it removes abortion from the penal code, meaning that abortion can no longer be part of the definition of homicide. If a criminal causes harm to a woman's unborn child, they will no longer be responsible for it, which is what this snippet from Times Union seems to say. However, it's likely that a criminal who harms a woman's unborn child will still face numerous charges, but every crime and case is different.
"The bill also removes abortion from the definition of homicide, and from the penal code entirely," reports the Times Union. "Opponents say this limits prosecutors when they look to charge individuals who harm a woman's unborn child in a domestic violence case or otherwise. Supporters say, in such cases, there remain plenty of other, much harsher criminal charges at prosecutors' disposal."
Those New Yorkers came at us by making everything super expensive. Now they're going to allow women to abort their baby up to the day they're about to deliver.
If it will save the mother's life, that's one thing. However, they must define "health" because if they don't, then people will cite heath issues just to have an abortion. We all know a doctor or two who is a little slippery with the pen.
You can read the full proposed legislation here.