Analysis: New York’s Reproductive Health Act reveals frightening paradigm shift
On the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions, legalizing abortion up to moments before birth, the state of New York enacted a new unrestricted abortion law called the Reproductive Health Act.
It purports to safeguard the highest level of abortion rights, should the U.S. Supreme Court ever limit any abortion procedures in the future. While many of us watched aghast as the World Trade Center victoriously lit up in pink, the offense against human life was only exacerbated by the statements by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam asserting that babies surviving late-term abortion should be left to die. Shortly thereafter, the United States Senate voted down the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” a bill that would have granted legal status of the unborn child and required physicians to assist babies born after an abortion.
New York’s new law offers no restrictions up to 24 weeks of gestation and third trimester abortions are legal to protect the woman’s life or health. However, “health” is broadly defined as psychological, emotional, physical, familial or in terms of the woman’s age. It mimics the federal precedent set by the Doe v Bolton decision, the companion to Roe v Wade, disregarding any meaningful restriction to late-term abortions. Non-physician health care practitioners can now perform the procedure and most significantly, it created a major policy shift by moving abortion law from the state’s penal code to its health law. There is no longer a reference to abortion in the penal code, excluding unborn children from the definition of “human person.”
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