If you found New York’s decision for the legalization of abortion up until the day of birth shocking, there is more news to come. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate, Abby Johnson warns the public that this is nothing new. She comments that the issue is larger than what we realize.
The Reproductive Health Act was signed into law on Tuesday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) abolishes restrictions on abortions past 24 weeks. Given the fact that New York is known as the “abortion capitol”, Johnson said the news came as no surprise to her.
Johnson does comment that this new law should be a wake-up call to pro-lifers as similar late-term abortions have been unfolding across the United States.
“I know that many are disheartened by the New York vote to legalize abortion through birth, but let me be clear,” she writes in a Facebook post. “This is already happening in almost a dozen other states. THIS IS NOT NEW. Babies have been aborted through birth for quite some time now. New York has now just been added to the list.”
Johnson also feels that many late-term abortion doctors may flock to New York so that they can perform this procedure without penalty.
Is Late-Term Abortion A Common Occurrence Or New?
The Guttmacher Institute says that even though most states restrict later-term abortions, many of the restrictions have be declined because they don’t contain a health exception.
Meanwhile states such as Alaska, Colorado, District of Columbia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont. Refinery29.com goes into each states requirements in further detail via a slideshow.
Additionally, 24 other states make provision for late-term abortion if the mother’s physical or emotional health is at stake, or she was a victim of rape. Many pro-life advocates, however, see this general health category as more of a wide catch-all to allow for abortion on demand.
For those of you who are wondering what is involved in late-term abortion, Christian speaker and author, Lisa Bevere describes it as:
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And The Battle Wages On Nationally
A district court judge ruled on Tuesday that Iowa’s pro-life fetal heartbeat law is unconstitutional, and may not be enforced. It would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected which in some cases may be as early as six weeks.
Abortion advocates are hoping that laws similar to New Yorks will become more common in 2019. They view this battle as a “fight for women’s reproductive health”.
Johnson feels that now is the best time for pro-lifers to advance their cause- and maybe overturn Roe v. Wade.
She informed CBN News, “I think it is the right time to take a personhood or heartbeat bill to the Supreme Court. And so that’s sort of the hope – that a bill will be passed in a state that the pro-choice groups (Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NAF) will then challenge the state law and then take it to the Supreme Court. And then, hopefully, the Supreme Court would hear that case and would then overturn Roe v. Wade and would allow states to make the decision whether or not they want abortion in their own state.”
This is the same reason Cuomo and New York Democrats gave for expanding abortion rights and adding them into New York law. They say that if Roe v. Wade can be overturned, rights would be left up to the individual states. Therefore, they want to “enshrine” abortion into the state’s constitution to ensure that abortion will always be legal in New York… up until birth.