Editor’s note. The following was sent out today by the Chiaroscuro Foundation.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommits to passing the radical abortion expansion bill, known as the Reproductive Health Act, in the coming legislative term.
Gov. Cuomo resurrects fight to expand abortion access in New York with an appearance endorsing a county-level candidate, a position too extreme for most New Yorkers. Taking the time to attend the White Plains rally, endorse county-level candidates, and make comments focused on abortion, Cuomo sent a clear sign of what is to come in the next legislative session.
41% of all viable pregnancies in New York City alone end in abortion—twice the national ratio. Nearly 8 in 10 New Yorkers believe there is already sufficient access to abortion in New York State, when they are informed of the number of abortions in New York. New Yorkers know increased access to abortion will not solve the underlying issues that lead to crisis pregnancies in the first place and will not help women.
A blog recently covered the endorsement rally and quoted the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference spokesman Eric Soufer:
“Last session, every member of the Independent Democratic Conference voted in favor of the full Women’s Equality Act,” Soufer said Saturday. “All of our members would like nothing more than to see Roe v. Wade codified into New York state law.”
The only problem is that Roe v. Wade is not the defining case for codified abortion in the United States. Casey v. Planned Parenthood in 1992 ruled that certain restrictions on abortion are not only reasonable, but constitutional. The Casey ruling allows for sensible restrictions regarding waiting periods, informed consent, and parental consent—none of which are in place in New York.
The majority of New Yorkers agree with the Casey verdict:
80% oppose unlimited abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy
87% favor providing pregnant mothers with information about their options before they make a decision
78% approve of a 24-hour waiting period
76% approve of parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion
86% favor regulating abortion clinics as strictly as other medical facilities
75% oppose changing the law to allow non-physicians to perform abortions.
Visit the NYC 41 Percent website for more statistics on abortion in New York.