Unless you’ve been living under a rock or avoiding news cycles, social media, or podcasts, then you’ve probably heard about the new abortion law that the New York legislature passed and was immediately signed by Governor Cuomo.

I’m going to break down what this “women’s rights” bill really means and why it’s not pro-woman at all.

It legalized third term abortions

That’s right, babies viable outside of the womb can have their lives terminated in New York. I’m not sure how a baby born early is considered human life, but at that same stage in development, the baby in utero is considered inhuman. Saying a baby is “unwanted” says a lot about the mother or people surrounding the mother, but nothing at all about the baby.

Let me tell you what a baby is like at 23 weeks: 

  • Blood vessels are forming all over its body to assist with breathing

  • The face is fully formed

  • They are familiar with noises outside the womb

  • The baby’s movement begins to increase

  • Their skin is red because of the developing veins and arteries right beneath their skin.

But please, New York, tell me more about how that isn’t a human.

It removes protection for babies born after a botched abortion

Yes, this means what you think it does. Doctors can stand by as a baby gasps for breath simply because someone deemed that child as “unwanted.”

This gives me every kind of jitter that Kermit Gosnell gave me. So not only does New York not value life inside the womb, they don’t value life even after it’s left the womb either.

Non-physicians can perform non-surgical abortions

Safe, legal, and rare. Right? So wrong. I don’t even know how pro-abortion activists can defend this. Abortion clinics already aren’t held to the same health code standards as hospitals or even doctor’s offices. Now, someone who hasn’t had the same training as a physician can perform abortions? This isn’t a pro-woman stance. In fact, I don’t think that should be a hill liberals want to die on.

It moves abortion law from penal code to health code

This is a problem because you not only have to worry about a pregnant woman being assaulted and losing her baby from that assault. Now, in addition, the state faces not having a statute to fall back on. Again, this is the very opposite of pro-woman.

The president of Live Action, Lila Rose, issued a  statement  on the new law including the following:

Convicted criminals aren’t subjected to the death penalty in New York state, but now children up until the ninth month of pregnancy can be given lethal injections and poisoned to death. This is no different than infanticide…. New York’s law is barbaric and inhumane and rejects modern science and medical advancements that reveal the development and humanity of life in the womb…. A recent Marist poll showed 75 percent of Americans believe abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.”

What’s next?

Sarah Weddington, who was the lawyer for “Roe” in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case, thanked Governor Cuomo for what he has done for women. What is it that he has done? 

Decided that a female life can be killed up until the day she is born?

“Allowing” women to be treated by someone who isn’t a physician putting their own health at risk?

Watching as female babies die after a botched abortion?

Here is what I’ve got to say to that. 

I will fight tooth and nail to defend the life of the unborn. It is sickening to see that people were cheering in the gallery as late term abortions became legalized. My little cousin was born at 24 weeks but according to the New York Senate and Assembly, as well as New York’s governor, my little cousin could’ve been aborted. To them, he was just a clump of cells. My cousin is now turning 3 this very week and he is thriving.

I can’t help, but think back to Hillary Clinton’s first mention of abortion being “safe, legal, and rare” back in the 1990’s. I don’t know how any of what New York has done keeps abortion safe when doctors aren’t performing the procedures or if keeping it rare means there is an even larger window to abort than there already is.

Governor Cuomo and the New York Legislature,

You are hurting women, not helping them. If you wanted to help women, you would give more funding to women’s clinics that help provide for the children of the less fortunate.

You don’t speak for me as a woman and to be quite frank, I find your legislation downright despicable.

I leave everyone with this thought:

A female baby could be aborted at 23 weeks when she can hear the doctor explaining the procedure to the mother. Are you okay with that?

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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