Pro-life activists are aghast at New York’s new abortion law, which allows abortions at anytime in the mother’s pregnancy if the abortion provider deems there is any risk to the patient’s health.
On Tuesday’s anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion at any time during a woman’s pregnancy, the New York State Senate approved the Reproductive Health Act. Cheered lustily by its allies, the bill paves the way to late-term abortions.
“This act permits abortion at any point during pregnancy if the abortionist deems it necessary for the mother’s life or health,” said Alison Centofante, director of external affairs at the pro-life group Live Action.
She says the law in New York previously allowed late-term abortions to save the life of the mother. She says adding a health exception provides a green light to abortion providers.
“According to Doe v. Bolton at the U.S. Supreme Court, health includes not just physical health but encompasses emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age consideration. This effectively allows abortion for any reason,” said Centofante.
Centofante stresses that there’s no need to terminate a late-term pregnancy to preserve the health or life of a woman.
“A late-term abortion like this is not needed. It’s a viable child. You can deliver that child and save the life of the mother. We can deal with the health issues separately while saving the life of this child,” said Centofante.
According to Centofante, 75 percent of Americans believe abortion should be banned after the first trimester, but she says what matters is reaching the woman whose world is turned upside down by an unplanned pregnancy.
“No woman walks into a Planned Parenthood abortion facility feeling empowered. They walk in feeling alone, like they have no other choice. Many of them, when polled, say if one person had just said that they would help me through this, I wouldn’t have gone through with my abortion. We need to be that one person for those around us,” said Centofante.
Listen to the full podcast as Centofante explains the New York abortion law in more detail and why some of those who benefit most from it may be violent criminals.