NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A re-write of New York abortion laws had been held up by Republicans for more than a decade.

On Tuesday, the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Senate Democrats passed the Reproductive Health Act, 38-24. Gov. Andrew Cuomo hoped to sign the bill later in the evening, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.

Critics call the legislation a radical over-reach that benefits people who harm pregnant women.

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All the power in Albany is now in the hands of Democrats and they quickly moved to pass an abortion rights bill.

“We’re saying here in New York, women’s lives matter. We’re saying here in New York, women’s decisions matter,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

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Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaks during the One Fair Wage Event at the Rockefeller Foundation on Feb. 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

New York legalized abortion in 1970, three years before the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Supporters say almost 50 years later, the Empire State has simply moved to codify abortion rights, with Cuomo often pointing to new members of the high court.

“Kavanaugh is going to reverse Roe v. Wade, I have no doubt,” the governor said.

But critics say the Reproductive Health Act goes beyond codifying — to expanding.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan spoke about it Tuesday on his radio show.

“Any, any, any limit on the unfettered, unquestioned absolute right to abortion, they want none of it,” Dolan said.

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Provisions in the bill include dropping most restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks, allowing midwives and nurse practitioners to perform abortions and ending criminal charges for harming children in the womb.

Livia Abreu of the Bronx lost her baby in a 2018 domestic violence attack. Charges against her ex-boyfriend, Oscar Alvarez, include abortion in the first degree.

“The passing of RHA will exonerate him from those charges. I cannot imagine living in a world where harming or killing an unborn child is not a crime,” Abreu said.

Democrats say voters put them in control to pass progressive legislation — and the Reproductive Health Act is one of the first on a long list of bills Republicans can no longer stop.

Comments (7)
  1. Ross Walcott says:

    Hey Gov, too bad your parents didn’t abort you. If they knew you would be doing this do you think they would have? They probably would’ve saved thousands of lives.

  2. Jimmy Staten says:

    Jeremiah 50-51, Revelation 17-18, portions of Isaiah 13-18 and Isaiah 47. In “One Hour’s Time” great riches come to absolute nothing. I have been telling my daughter for 25 years that one day the Lord will open His arsenal from Heaven, and when He does Russian and Iran will pile on. You should read these Scriptures about this Surprise Attack without a doubt it sounds like America. She is the Hammer of the earth (Policeman of the world). She sits on many waters with a large Jewish population. She is the Hindermost of the Nations, which Rabbis have understood to be a young nation compared to the other nations of the world, an end time nation, the last of the great nations. There are about 60 characteristics, and it sure does sound like America.. Regardless, your only hope is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

  3. Joyce Furfero says:

    Unborn child is an oxymoron.

  4. This isn’t about reproductive health. This is about loving death. What’s to stop people from now promoting “post-birth abortions”? What’s the difference between a full-term baby INSIDE the womb, vs outside? It’s sheer evil.

  5. Some of those children would have grown up to be women. I guess their opinions didn’t matter like the current generation’s does.

  6. Roger Williams says:

    Hope you all burn in HELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. noreplypolygon says:

    Disgusting

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