As the rest of the nation seems to be doing all it can to all but undo Roe v. Wade, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is going in the other direction. According to the Global Post, Cuomo is drafting a plan that would make sure all women in the state of New York would “have the right to late-term abortions when their health is in danger or the fetus is not viable.”
Now people can think what they would like about abortion. It is generally the sort of thing people’s minds do not change on, but, personally, as a woman, it comes as a huge relief. I shudder to think what it would be like to be forced to carry a fetus that would never be viable to full term because the law said I had to, or what it would be like to be forced to put my own life in danger, or risk going to jail, if I refused. Nothing good ever comes of such laws, and Cuomo has the right idea here.
Cuomo’s plan, if it were to go into effect, would replace the current New York abortion law, which allows abortions past the 24 week mark only if the mother’s life is in danger. However, the law is not enforceable due to federal standards. Further, the bill would update New York State’s current abortion law to allow it to withstand challenges to the Roe V. Wade decision.
Once again, New York is ahead of the curve with regards to the rest of the country, as it legalized abortion in 1970, which was three years prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Cuomo has not formally introduced his proposal, but, should it come to pass, this would be a victory for women all over the great state of New York. Well done, Governor.