As heinous as critics find New York’s decision to legalize abortion up until the day of birth, former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson warns this is nothing new. It’s a much bigger issue than most people realize.
The controversial Reproductive Health Act, which was signed into law Tuesday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), does away with restrictions on abortion past 24 weeks. Given the state’s track record on reproductive issues, Johnson says the news comes as no surprise to her.
“New York is already known as the nation’s abortion capital, so I don’t think that’s going to change with this new law,” she recently told CBN News.
However, in a wake-up call to pro-life Americans, Johnson notes that similar late-term abortion scenarios have long been unfolding across the United States.
“I know that many are disheartened by the New York vote to legalize abortion through birth, but let me be clear,” she writes in a Facebook post. “This is already happening in almost a dozen other states. THIS IS NOT NEW. Babies have been aborted through birth for quite some time now. New York has now just been added to the list.”
Johnson also predicts that abortion doctors in other parts of the country may soon be relocating to The Empire State. “I think that what will happen is that a lot of these late-term abortion providers are going to be now seeking practices in New York so that they can perform late-term abortions without any penalty,” she said.
How Widespread is Late-Term Abortion?
The Guttmacher Institute reports that while most states restrict later-term abortions, many of those restrictions have been struck down – mostly because they don’t contain a health exception.
And according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the following states don’t have any prohibitions on abortion later in pregnancy: Alaska, Colorado, District of Colombia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Vermont.
In addition, 24 other states make an exception, allowing late-term abortions for the sake of the mother’s general health. Pro-life advocates contend that the generic “health” exception essentially allows abortion-on-demand, saying late-term abortions can be allowed in any states that have a generic exception for the health of the mother.
Faithwire’s Will Maule explains, “Effectively, abortion will be available ‘on demand’ up until birth — if the woman wants to terminate her fully-formed child because she claims it is too much for her to deal with financially, emotionally or otherwise, she will be allowed to do so.”
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