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Published On: Sat, Jan 26th, 2013

NY Gov Andrew Cuomo promoting ‘health bill’ which would permit late-term abortions

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing a bill in the New York state legislature that pro-life advocates are aggressively opposing.

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The Reproductive health bill is the “the most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation,” opponents say, noting that it would  lift limits on third-trimester abortions and allow non-physicians to do abortions.

“Gov. Cuomo’s bill elevates abortion to a fundamental right and says New York state can’t discriminate on abortion in benefits or services or anything else it provides,” said Kathleen Gallagher, the New York’s Catholic Conference director of pro-life activities.

“Cuomo’s legislation, she said, would make illegal abortion restrictions, such as parental-notification laws, informed-consent laws, restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion bans of any kind,” she said in an interview.

That bill contains language that would allow abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy if it is “necessary to protect a woman’s health,” language that critics say can be “broadly interpreted.”

Democrats for Life of America called it “the most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation” and “out of touch with the views of most Americans.”

Cuomo had included the abortion bill as part of a broader 10-point plan he described as a “Women’s Equality Act.”

In his speech, he called for new laws addressing equal pay, human trafficking and domestic violence, among other issues. On abortion, he said: “Protect a woman’s freedom of choice. Enact a Reproductive Health Act, because it is her body, it is her choice.”

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