On Tuesday of last week, in a single, breathtaking move, the liberal-dominated legislature of the state of New York passed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA). Symbolically, the occasion was the 46th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, establishing a woman’s legal right to abortion in the U.S. But even Roe had its limits, stating that in the last three months of pregnancy there was a greater and greater compelling State interest in restricting abortion. Nonetheless, the new law in New York goes way beyond Roe, sweeping away any and all limitations on the abortion license. Here are some of its provisions:
- Removes the previous 24-week gestation limit, allowing abortions at any time in pregnancy.
- Establishes abortion as a “fundamental right,” something Roe v. Wade did not do.
- Expands the types of healthcare workers who can legally perform abortions, to now include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and midwives.
- Repeals any protection for babies born-alive after an abortion attempt.
- Removes all legal remedies for unborn babies killed during violence against a pregnant woman. It lessens criminal liability for abusers who cause a woman to lose her pregnancy.
- Establishes that “homicide” is the taking of the life of a person, defining “person” as a “human being who has been born and is alive.”
The shocking and aggressive new law brought this reaction from John Stonestreet:
Let me be clear: New York has just made it legal for a fully-formed, eight-pound baby with a head of hair, fingernails, eyelashes, and a 100 percent chance of surviving outside the womb to be poisoned and crushed.
Granted, New York state already has the highest rate of abortion in the United States, where nearly one-third of all pregnancies are terminated. But why did the legislature take such a monumental step at this time? Governor Andrew Cuomo explained the move as follows:
In the face of a federal government intent on rolling back Roe v. Wade and women’s reproductive rights, I promised that we would enact this critical legislation within the first 30 days of the new session – and we got it done.
In other words, he was worried about the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, especially after the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, and he fears that Roe v. Wade may soon be overturned. He wants his state to be ready to take up the slack.
On passage of the bill, the assembled New York legislators erupted in applause and cheers, as they rejoiced over their denial of basic rights to the unborn. Governor Cuomo ordered the One World Trade Center to be lit up pink that night in celebration. CBN News got it just right when they called this “a sad and evil day.”
I agree, and I’m horrified.