New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by domestic violence victims who are questioning the constitutionality of the state abortion law, officially known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA).
In January 2019, Gov. Cuomo signed into law the RHA, which codified the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade into New York State law. In other words, under the law. all abortions up to 24 weeks of gestation are legal. Abortion is also legal beyond 24 weeks if a woman’s health or life is at risk. or if the fetus is not viable.
The class-action lawsuit was filed by the Women’s Alliance Against Violence, an initiative formed to challenge the RHA and other laws that violated the rights of women, children, including the viable unborn fetus.
A team of lawyers including Christen E. Civiletto is representing the Women’s Alliance Against Violence in their complaint against Gov. Cuomo.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that the controversial abortion law introduced a number of changes to New York law. The plaintiffs argued that the changes harm children and incentivize domestic and intimate partner violence against pregnant women.