Today, on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, The Reproductive Health Act passed in New York state and Gov. Andrew Como has already signed it into law.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2019
It will go into effect immediately and according to the Buffalo News, “maintains abortions as legal within 24 weeks of the start of a pregnancy – or at any time when necessary to protect a woman’s life or health.’’ Late-term abortions had previously been authorized under state law if they meant saving the life of a woman.
The law also legalizes medicinal abortions to be performed by other health professionals such as nurse practitioners, midwives, and physician assistants if they are “acting within his or her lawful scope of practice.”
Read more about the legislation, which advocates said was needed to protect abortion rights if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, here.
Planned Parenthood reacted positively to the news on Twitter, saying New York should serve as a model for how reproductive healthcare should be.
New York State made HISTORY today.
With passage of the #RHA, New York can finally grow to be a model of what sexual and reproductive health care should be, especially with mounting attacks on our health and rights from Washington. #PassRHA pic.twitter.com/HUNXN7ywCI
— 📢 PPNYC Action Fund (@PPNYCAction) January 23, 2019
This. Is. Huge.@NYGovCuomo JUST signed the Reproductive Health Act into law — a big win towards securing safe, legal abortion & access to contraception for all!
Can't wait to see other states follow New York's lead to protect our health and rights. 😎 https://t.co/1nH9fnIJDK
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) January 23, 2019
Presidential hopeful and New York Senator celebrated all the lives saved because of Roe v. Wade.
Remember: Abortion existed before #RoevWade, it just wasn't legal or safe. Women died without that access to the health care they needed. We're not going back to that.
This isn't just a fight for equality — it's a fight for our lives. And it's one I refuse to lose.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 23, 2019
State Democrats also celebrated, saying, “It’s another barrier-breaking day in New York.”