New York City’s One World Trade Center was lighted in pink to “celebrate” the passing of a law that would protect the practice of late-term abortion in the state on Tuesday night.
The Reproductive Health Act was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany earlier Tuesday, timed for the 46th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The law had been passed by the State Senate on a 38-24 vote, almost entirely split on the basis of party lines.
The legislation explicitly legalizes abortion after 24 weeks into a pregnancy in situations where it’s deemed to protect a woman’s health, or the pregnancy is deemed to be unviable. Previously, this kind of late-term abortion was only legal in New York when the mother’s life was at risk.
The Reproductive Health Act allows medical personnel other than doctors to perform abortion procedures, as long as they possess the necessary state licensing to do so. It also removes language proscribing certain abortion from the New York Criminal Code entirely, instead regulating the practice under public health code.
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo made the order that the top of the Freedom Tower(the structure built to replace the Twin Towers destroyed on 9/11) be lit as a means to commemorate the law. Many pro-life advocates had vociferously protested the legislation- it appears their moral concerns with a law that enables some of the most objectionable forms of abortion were simply ignored when the Governor decided the Reproductive Health Act was something that should be commemorated by anyone glancing at New York City’s skyline.
Progressives have their reason to spike the football, that’s to be sure. The objective of the political left seems to veer openly lately from permitting abortion with hesitance to outright celebrating it.
Unfortunately, the unborn children of New York don’t seem to be invited to the party.
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