Report: Cuomo To Ease Access For Late Term Abortions
Governor Andrew Cuomo is preparing significant changes to New York state's abortion law, the New York Times reported Sunday.
The changes would expand the circumstances under which a woman could receive a so-called 'late term' abortion, one after the 24th week of pregnancy.
Stare law currently only allows for a late term abortion if a woman's life is in danger.
Cuomo would add provisions to allow an abortion if a woman's health is in danger, or if the fetus is not viable.
As a practical matter, New York's law is not enforced; federal law, driven by the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, allows for late term abortions.
Cuomo's changes are aimed at preserving the right to late term abortion, even if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe vs. Wade.
"Why are we doing this? The Supreme Court could change," a senior Cuomo administration official told the newspaper.
Only one north country legislator, Democratic state assembly member Addie Russell, could be reached for comment Sunday.
Russell agreed Cuomo's changes would offer women in New York protection, should abortion access be limited at the federal level.
"So that we actually deal with the issue in our laws in case something dramatic changes on the federal level," she told 7 News.
Russell said the changes would also reassure doctors who are uncomfortable with providing late term abortions under current state law.
The proposed changes will undoubtedly draw fierce opposition. The New York Times reported anti-abortion groups have begun rallying opposition to the measure.
(Read the entire New York Times story here.)
Friday, March 7, 2014, Watertown, NY
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