Lawmakers and organizations react to new abortion law
NEW YORK STATE (WENY) - One of the nation's strongest protections for abortion rights was passed this week by New York state lawmakers.
The Reproductive Health Act codifies rights protected by Roe V. Wade, as well as, other abortion rulings in case they're overturned by the Supreme Court. Planned Parenthood Officials say they're thrilled because the legislation ensures that New Yorkers can have access for needed healthcare throughout the pregnancy. They also say it widens the scope of providers who are able to provide abortion and is recognizing it as healthcare.
"It will also put New Yorkers at ease knowing that we're not going to feel as threatened, perhaps as other states because, with the federal administration constantly attacking reproductive healthcare and women rights. I think it will help New Yorkers sleep a little better at night knowing that their reproductive healthcare is protected," Debora McDell-Hernandez, Senior Director of Public and Community Affairs of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.
However, lawmakers beg to differ.
"It would expand access to late term abortions. Basically, a pregnancy can be terminated up until the exact moment of birth. I think that's wrong, I don't think that's the right provisions that we need in this law and I think this is just a sad day," said Phil Palmesano, New York State Assemblyman.
The measure replaces a 1970 state abortion law that was passed three years before Roe legalized abortion nationwide.