Many people are upset about New York’s revised abortion law, and there are many things to be upset about. From what I have seen however, there are many people who are upset over things that simply are not in the law, so here is a quick review of what is different, and what the revised law actually does.
- Abortion is no longer governed by the New York State penal code. This removes significant protections to unborn children under law after 24 weeks.
- It does allow for abortions after 24 weeks, but it does NOT allow for abortion on demand up to the time of birth. This is not an elective abortion that anyone can get. The law says the following: “According to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” I know that many will argue that this is to vague and will be twisted to allow for abortion on demand, but that is not what is being allowed for.
- The bill does allow for some who are not doctors to perform some limited abortions. Midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, may perform non-surgical abortions. After the 12th week, it must be at a hospital on an in patient basis, and after 20 weeks, a doctor must be present to handle any live birth.
This source has a fairly decent and objective explanation, along with the text of the bill itself. There are indeed many things in the law to be angry about, but can we at least be angry about the facts. Misinformation is never a valid tool of trying to prove a point, and there is a lot of misinformation about this law. Know the facts, and be angry and concerned, I am after all, just know what you are actually angry about.
I want to be clear. Elective abortion is always wrong. I have not changed on that even a little bit. I think that the New York law is poorly conceived for several reasons as well. I am not saying don’t be upset by these things, or not to stand against these things, I am saying that we need to have accurate information so that we are not spreading falsehoods and so that we know what it is that we are actually opposing so that we can articulate and explain it.