The One World Trade Center was lit up pink Tuesday night to celebrate the passage of a bill by the New York state legislature that legalizes abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy while rolling back protections for babies born alive after a botched abortion.
The “Reproductive Health Act,” which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo demanded be passed before he’d agree to sign the state’s budget in April, relaxes the state’s already-permissive abortion laws to allow abortions past the 24 week of pregnancy – the current limit in New York – while also allowing non-doctors to perform abortions. The bill passed 38-24 through the Democrat-led state legislature and was met with thunderous applause from both lawmakers and those in the gallery.
The bill itself states that “Section 2 of the bill creates a new Article 25-A of the Public Health Law (PHL), which states that an abortion may be performed by a licensed, certified, or authorized practitioner within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.”
However, it’s important to note that the term “health” doesn’t necessarily have to mean a woman’s physical state, but can be subjectively expanded by her physician to include her mental or emotional health – i.e., whenever having a baby no longer jives with what the woman wants and can be deemed harmful to her emotional well-being.
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