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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:26 PM

Cuomo Bucks Tide With Bill to Ease Limits on Abortion

Source: NY Times

ALBANY — Bucking a trend in which states have been seeking to restrict abortion, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is putting the finishing touches on legislation that would guarantee women in New York the right to late-term abortions when their health is in danger or the fetus is not viable.

Mr. Cuomo, seeking to deliver on a promise he made in his recent State of the State address, would rewrite a law that currently allows abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy only if the pregnant woman’s life is at risk. The law is not enforced, because it is superseded by federal court rulings that allow late-term abortions to protect a woman’s health, even if her life is not in jeopardy. But abortion rights advocates say the existence of the more restrictive state law has a chilling effect on some doctors and prompts some women to leave the state for late-term abortions.

Mr. Cuomo’s proposal, which has not yet been made public, would also clarify that licensed health care practitioners, and not only physicians, can perform abortions. It would remove abortion from the state’s penal law and regulate it through the state’s public health law.

Abortion rights advocates have welcomed Mr. Cuomo’s plan, which he outlined in general terms as part of a broader package of women’s rights initiatives in his State of the State address in January. But the Roman Catholic Church and anti-abortion groups are dismayed; opponents have labeled the legislation the Abortion Expansion Act.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/nyregion/cuomo-bucks-tide-with-bill-to-lift-abortion-limits.html?hp

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SecularMotion Feb 2013 OP
MotherPetrie Feb 2013 #1
marybourg Feb 2013 #2
Victor_c3 Feb 2013 #3
marybourg Feb 2013 #5
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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:27 PM

1. K&R

 

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:10 PM

2. I'm amazed that N.Y. had such restrictive abortion laws.

Abortion was legalized in N.Y. before Roe v. Wade.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:03 PM

3. Don't forget that NY had a death penalty for quite a while too

Andrew Cuomo has said numerous times that he wants to make NY a shining example of progressiveness. He is doing a great job on that front.

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Response to Victor_c3 (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:16 PM

5. While I lived there, there was no death penalty, then

a limited one just for killers of cops, corrections officers and inmates, most of which was struck down. I still think of Andrew as a little kid and when I hear "Gov. Cuomo", I'm picturing Mario.

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:15 PM

4. k/r

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:48 PM

6. Iluvmyguv. N/t

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