New York’s radical “Reproductive Health Act”: What pro-lifers need to know

By Dave Andrusko

As NRL News Today has documented in post after post, the onslaught of radical, abortion-on-demand (and beyond) legislation began January 22, 2019. That was the day when pro-abortion New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the so-called “Reproductive Health Act.” We’re told, “Riotous cheers” erupted from the gallery and from pro-abortion Democrats.

The breadth, width, and depth of the RHA is stunning, and became the prototype for legislation in places such as Vermont, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Virginia.

Here is a concise explanation of how, far from “codifying Roe v. Wade,” the Reproductive Health Act went far beyond.

Roe v. Wade did not make the right to abortion unlimited, but the Reproductive Health Act does. (LBD05658-02-9, pg. 2, lines 5,15)

The Reproductive Health Act allows not just physicians, but also licensed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and licensed midwives to perform abortions. (LBD05658-02-9, pg. 2 lines 42 – 45)

The Reproductive Health Act expands abortion past 24 weeks of pregnancy, up until birth, if “the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” (Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”) (LBD05658-02-9, pg. 2 lines 47 – 49)

The Reproductive Health Act repealed protection for born-alive infants who survive an abortion attempt. (LBD05658-02-9, pg. 2 line 53)

The Reproductive Health Act of repealed ALL protections from criminal acts of violence against a pregnant woman’s unborn child. The RHA lessens the consequences for culprits of domestic violence who cause pregnant women to lose their babies. (LBD05658-02-9, pg. 3 lines 7 – 12)

The Reproductive Health Act reasserts the definition of “homicide” as the taking of the life of a “person” and defines “person” as a “human being who has been born and is alive.” (LBD05658-02-9, pg. 3 lines 19 & 20)