New York legalizes abortion up to birth

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.

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.

Presidential hopeful and New York Senator celebrated all the lives saved because of Roe v. Wade.

State Democrats also celebrated, saying, “It’s another barrier-breaking day in New York.”

 

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