Democrats for Life's Memo to Gov. Cuomo

Kristen Day, the executive director of Democrats for Life of America, offers some unsolicited advice in the Daily News to N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo as he seeks to extend some of the most permissive abortion laws in the nation:

In his second State of the State address, in 2012, Gov. Cuomo said that one of the most important things he had learned in his first year as governor is that every interest group has a lobbyist. But it wasn’t until last Wednesday that he heard from the lobbyists for preemies.

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That’s when a group of New York physicians went to Albany to tell the governor, who is weighing legislation that would expand abortion rights, that preemies are often viable after just 24 weeks of pregnancy. Therefore, they said, at 24 weeks, if a mother’s health is at risk, doctors can and should deliver her baby instead of aborting it.

For abortion rights activists, the doctors’ message is an inconvenient truth, badly timed. New York already has nearly double the national per capita abortion rate, not to mention the highest teen abortion rate in the nation. Not coincidentally, New York also has fewer abortion restrictions than most every other state.

But that’s not permissive enough for abortion rights activists. They want to change the fact that, under current state law, abortion after 24 weeks is only allowed for women whose lives are in danger. Cuomo has proposed legislative changes that are expected to officially green-light abortions past 24 weeks — potentially through a woman’s due date — if her physical, emotional or psychological health are threatened.

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Marie Rehbein
6 years ago
Most women who have abortions after 24 weeks are having them because they have learned that their fetus has some defect that would prevent its survival either for the duration of the pregnancy or after birth. In a very indirect way, the health of the mother is affected by this, but not enough to likely be justification by itself for an abortion. Many women who terminate these pregnancies do so in order to try again sooner. The few women who might terminate a healthy baby are not part of the abortion rights viewpoint, and most would argue that no physician is likely to participate in such an abortion. As we know, though, there have been a few abortion providers who do not recognize a healthy fetus as reason to refuse to do an abortion. So, in the big picture, the typical woman and the typical doctor are given prominence, and the exceptional case of the amoral woman and doctor is ignored.

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