NY Assembly Okays Abortion During All Nine Months
April 07, 2015 by Laurel Recsetar
The New York State Assembly approved a bill that would codify a “right” to third trimester abortions. Right now, NY law does not specifically allow third trimester abortions, except when necessary to save the life of the mother. (Of course, we know from the Dublin Declaration that there are never cases where direct abortion is medically “necessary.”)
AB6221 adds a new “health” exception, stating that anything “relevant to the well-being of the patient” – including physical, emotional, psychological, and familial factors, and the mother’s age – is grounds for abortion. In other words, pretty much any reason at all.
For some indefensible reason, anti-lifers like to make a distinction between inside and outside the birth canal. Killing an unborn child inside the womb is just as much infanticide as killing a child outside the womb. We know that, but anti-lifers somehow don’t.
Someone please logically explain why an unborn child who is one day away from his due date can be shot in the heart with poison, but a new born baby can’t? Unless they want to explicitly defend infanticide, anti-lifers have some explaining to do.
Lori Kehoe, New York State Right to Life Director, told the Christian Post, “It is ridiculous that in 2015, with all the technology at our disposal, we are still arguing whether or not an eight month old baby in the womb deserves protection. It is doubtful that our descendants will look kindly upon this period in our history, when we fought for the right to dismember babies weeks, days and even minutes before birth.”
Unfortunately, this “health” exception already exists in every state. Doe v. Bolton, the companion case to Roe v. Wade, has a health exception that is so broad and vague it essentially allows abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.
Assembly member Deborah Glick, a chief sponsor of the bill, says “It guarantees a woman’s life and health can be protected.” Actually, what this bill guarantees is that New York would allow killing babies at any time during pregnancy, even if the Supreme Court overturned Roe.
Oh, and a side note to proponents of abortion who think access to abortion “empowers pregnant women” by giving them control over their reproductive systems: It doesn’t. It empowers doctors. What if a woman wants to keep her baby, but her doctor decides that her well-being is endangered by the pregnancy? In the eyes of the law, women do not determine the status of their own health or well-being, doctors do. Consequently, legal reproductive “rights” only give women a fleeting sense of choice…so long as their doctors agree with them.
It will be difficult for this bill to pass the Senate. But even if it fails this time, abortion lobbyists will consider the defeat only temporary. They will try again.
Josh Craddock, a spokesperson for Personhood USA, tells Prolife.Buzz, “It’s sad that in the abortion capital of the world, New York City, Democratic lawmakers are trying to increase the number of abortions later and later in pregnancy. Abortion always kills a human being, no matter what stage of pregnancy it is performed in.”
New York abortion lobbyists are pushing hard to pass Roe-like legislation at the state level. Why would they make such an effort, especially in a state as liberal as New York? They wouldn’t, unless they had a very real fear of seeing Roe overturned. Let their fear encourage pro-lifers that the fight is not in vain, and the defeat in Roe is indeed temporary.