The New York Senate passed a radical pro-abortion bill Tuesday that would allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.
The legislation goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing abortions even when the Supreme Court has said states may regulate them, according to the pro-life leaders. Late-term abortions, which currently are illegal in New York, would be allowed, and non-doctors would be allowed to perform them.
The bill appears to restrict late-term abortions, but it adds a broad “health” exception for abortions after 24 weeks. The exception would allow women to abort unborn babies up to nine months of pregnancy for “age, economic, social and emotional factors, rather than the biological definition of ‘health’ that normally comes to mind.
The bill, dubbed the Reproductive Health Act, redefines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” and describes abortion as a “fundamental right.” This language will allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth in New York.
The new law only makes late-term abortion legal in cases where it will save the mother’s life. The problem with this argument is that it allows for abortions to protect the woman’s life “and health.” What does “health” mean? Well, anything. The law conspicuously avoids defining the term. It seems that any kind of health concern would qualify — physical health, emotional health, psychological health, financial health. The point is that the “life and health” stipulation will not effectively prevent any woman from getting an abortion for any reason at any time.
Paradoxically, it appears the law may allow for an abortion based on “mental health” issues. That is, the mother is mentally unstable and poses a threat postpartum, the baby may be aborted–that is, we don’t want anything to happen to the baby after birth, so we’ll kill it ahead of
Also, late-term abortion is generally not to protect a woman’s life or health. Late-term abortion is usually not medically necessary. It could be necessary, in the case of some kind of cataclysmic complication, to remove the child from his mother’s womb. But it is never necessary to kill the baby. There is no medical reason to take that extra step of preemptively killing the baby.
As a note, here is how abortion just legalized in New York — is carried out: the baby is injected with a poison directly into his skull or torso. It then suffers a painful death, which is felt because of the developed nervous system. The mother carries the corpse around in her womb for a day. The next day, there is an ultrasound to check if the baby is dead. If it isn’t — if it has been
The crucial fact is that a delivery must happen either way. If a mother in the third trimester decides she doesn’t want or can’t have her baby inside her, she is going to have to deliver him one way or another. The only question is whether she will deliver a dead child or a living one. Giving a lethal injection to the child may be the more convenient route, but it is certainly not the safer or healthier or more necessary one.