New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is defending the state’s law on woman’s rights to abortion after President Donald Trump attacked it during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
In an op-ed published by the New York Times, Cuomo accused Trump and his allies” of “intentionally spreading lies” about New York’s Reproductive Health Act.
Cuomo says Reproductive Health Act merely codifies Roe v. Wade
The governor wrote, “The Reproductive Health Act guarantees a woman’s right to abortion in the first 24 weeks of a pregnancy or when the fetus is not viable, and permits it afterward only when a woman’s life or health is threatened or at risk. Contrary to what its detractors claim, the Reproductive Health Act does not allow abortions minutes before birth, nor does it allow third-trimester abortions for any reason.”
“Third-trimester procedures are extremely rare, making up only about 1 percent of all abortions. The option is available for exactly the reason stated in Roe and successor cases: to protect the life or health of the woman.”