Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back Tuesday against critics of New York’s new abortion-rights law, contending it does little more than codify Roe v. Wade into state law.
The Democratic governor and the state Legislature have faced ongoing criticism for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act on Jan. 22 that expands the type of health-care practitioners that can perform abortions and allows for late-term abortions if the health of the mother is at risk or the fetus is not viable.
“The New York law is just a mirror of the federal law. Don’t chase the bone that the Republicans are throwing. It does nothing different. It’s the life or health of a mother,” Cuomo said Tuesday on WNYC radio in Manhattan.
“The quote-unquote late term abortions is like 1 percent for the life or health of the mother. It is the federal standard.”
The law allows for abortions in New York before the end of the 24th week of pregnancy, or later if an abortion is “necessary to protect the patient’s life or health” or if there is no “fetal viability” — meaning there is no ability for the fetus to survive outside the womb.