Re: Budget Bill S.7511/A.9511 in relation to Late-Term Abortion Expansion (Part B) in the “Women’s Agenda” Article VII Bill

This legislation is one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s non-fiscal “budget” bills that seeks to enact a multi-faceted new “women’s agenda,” similar to the “women’s equality act” put forth by the Executive in 2013. Part “B” of this legislation is a dangerous and unnecessary expansion of late-term abortion, and a leap into legalized infanticide. It should not be part of a budget bill and it should not become law.

Bishop Malone strongly urges you to oppose it! He asked that you visit, click on “Take Action” and complete the email to the Governor, your State Senator and your State Assemblymember.  It will only take you a minute! A more detailed explanation of the Bill is also available at this site.

You will recall that the Executive’s 2013 legislation was broken apart into 10 different bills by the legislature, and 9 out of 10 of those bills were enacted into law in 2015.  The tenth plank, the late-term abortion expansion, was stopped by the Senate. Part B of this legislation deserves the same fate. It is not a simple update of New York’s laws. It would strip all mention of abortion in our state’s laws, resulting in the following consequences.

It would expand late-term abortion – this bill will allow abortion for any reason and at any time during a pregnancy, including into the ninth month right up until the moment of birth. This goes far beyond a so-called “codification” of Roe vs. Wade. This would completely decriminalize abortion under our state law.

It would empower non-doctors to perform abortions.

It would eliminate protections for pregnant women against coerced abortion or intentional assaults on their unborn child. This legislation would remove this current Penal law protection for pregnant women in cases of coerced or unwanted abortion (Penal Law Sections 125.05, 125.40 and 125.45).

It would legalize infanticide.

It will increase the state’s abortion rate.