Is Gov. Andrew, a divorced Roman Catholic, strengthening abortion rights with his proposed changes to late-term abortion laws? WKBW Channel 7 reported on Feb. 27 that critics of the proposed late-term abortion changes think the late-term abortion law changes will open the door for more abortions in a state that already has an extremely high rate of pregnancy terminations.
Conservative radio and television host Bill O'Reilly has called Cuomo's proposed changes "barbaric," and thinks the fact that the Governor of New York State calls himself a Catholic is "staggering."
Currently, half of all teen pregnancies in New York State end in abortion according to a report from Guttmacher Institute, which works with Planned Parenthood to promote women's reproductive rights. The Guttmacher Institute tracked New York State abortion rates for several years and found that 49 percent of teen pregnancies were terminated.
The number of teen pregnancies that end in abortion may seem high, but the Guttmacher report did show that teen pregnancy rates themselves have decreased “slightly” in the past two decades, but no specific number was given to describe exactly what “slightly” means.
Gov. Cuomo has not commented specifically on the Guttmacher Institute report on abortion rates for teenagers in New York State, but did speak earlier this month about his proposal to “strengthen” New York’s abortion laws.
Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal a woman would be allowed to a late-term abortion if her pregnancy puts her health at risk. Under current New York State late-term abortion law, a woman may choose to terminate a pregnancy in the last trimester if her life is at risk. The new proposal creates a lower threshold when it comes to late-term abortion choices.
New York State residents are invited to contact Gov. Andrew Cuomo and make their opinions known regarding these proposed changes to New York State late-term abortion law.
To contact Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office call (518) 474-8390 or mail:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany NY 12224
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