Andrew Cuomo on Abortion
FactCheck: Late abortions only for non-viable fetus
CLAIM: Trump says New York allows abortion "moments before birth", via recent legislation cited in the State of the Union address.
FACT-CHECK: This is false. Trump said, "Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that
would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth." The state recently passed a law loosening restrictions on abortions in the state, allowing abortions after 24 weeks if the fetus is not viable or when it's necessary to
protect the life of the mother. The president paints the picture of a healthy mother and child, but an abortion would not be legal in that scenario after 24 weeks.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pushed back at critics, noting that it is "just a
mirror of the federal law"--the abortion rights enshrined in the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. What's more, abortions later in pregnancy are exceedingly rare: just 1.3% of abortions in the US in 2015 took place in or after the 21st week.
Source: NBC News Fact-Check on 2019 State of the Union address
, Feb 6, 2019
Protect right to abortion if Roe is overturned
During his State of the Union address, Trump charged lawmakers in New York with having "cheered with delight" after recently passing legislation to "allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth." [What is that about?]:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law three reproductive health bills to protect abortion access if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 decision guaranteeing a nationwide right to abortion. That includes allowing abortions after
24 weeks of pregnancy it the fetus isn't viable or the women's health is threatened.
Only 1.3 percent of abortions occur after 20 weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the issue blew up after New York changed its laws.
The new Democratic majority in the House will prevent any anti-abortion legislation from getting to his desk. (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's guests for the speech included the president of Planned Parenthood.)
Source: USA Today fact-check on 2019 State of the Union speech
, Feb 5, 2019
Protect women's right to choose if Roe is overturned
New York lawmakers have passed one of the nation's strongest protections for abortion rights, saying the women of New York need legal safeguards if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly passed the bill on the
46th anniversary of the Roe decision. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to quickly sign it into law.
The bill was first introduced back in 2007 and removes abortion from the state criminal code and ensures women the right to an abortion in
New York should that federal right ever be changed by the Supreme Court. For years, the law would pass the Assembly but fail in the Republican-controlled Senate. That all changed last fall when voters put Democrats firmly in charge in Albany.
"I support this act. It's crucial that we protect a woman's right to choose, particularly at this moment in history, when women's rights are under attack," NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Source: Associated Press on ABC7NY on 2018 New York governor's race
, Jan 22, 2019
Signed law allowing late term abortions
Legislative Summary: A21/S240: During the decades since Roe v. Wade was decided, there have been numerous court decisions clarifying the scope of the right to abortion but New York's laws have remained outdated. This bill updates NY's
abortion statutes to address constitutional flaws and recognize a woman's fundamental right to access safe, legal abortion.
Syracuse Post-Standard analysis: The Reproductive Health Act changes New York's law to permit abortions after 24
weeks in case where a woman's life or health would be threatened. The law leaves it to doctors to decide when a woman's health is at risk. Republican lawmakers say the law should define what constitutes a threat, and gives too much discretion to doctors
and could open the door to late-term abortions that are not medically necessary.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 95-49-6 on Jan/22/19; Passed Senate 38-24-1 on Jan/22/19; Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Jan/22/19
Source: Syracuse Post-Standard on New York voting record A21/S240
, Jan 22, 2019
Protect reproductive rights with constitutional amendment
I believe we should pass a constitutional amendment. Not just a Roe v. Wade law. A constitutional amendment. Let's write the rights of
Roe v. Wade into the state constitution so it can never be changed. No matter what happens politically. And pass the Reproductive Health Act and the Contraceptive Care Act.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the New York legislature
, Jan 15, 2019
Codify state with federal law to allow 9th-month abortions
Cuomo said he wanted to "codify" state with the federal law to assure abortions could be performed into the ninth month of pregnancy. Although already legal under federal law, he said the state measure is needed in case the U.S. Supreme Court strikes
down the Roe v. Wade decision.
Cuomo made the issue a crescendo in his 2013 State of the State speech--"Because it's her body! It's her choice!" But Senate Republicans, as expected, ultimately blocked the measure.
State records show few New Yorkers seek abortions as late as the ninth month of pregnancy. Of 97,502 abortions in New York in 2012, just 2.6 percent came after the fifth month of pregnancy, according to the state Health Department.
Astorino last week
called Cuomo's proposal to protect ninth-month abortions "sick, I think that's ghastly. I would veto that in a second." But he said he wouldn't try to erode current abortion laws. "I'm pro-life. This is a pro-choice state. I get that," Astorino said.
Source: Newsday AdWatch on 2014 New York State gubernatorial race
, May 18, 2014
Let women make decision: pregnancy, adoption, or abortion
New York was a national leader protecting choice even before the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. Governor Cuomo will continue to vigorously protect a woman's right to choose.
Therefore, he will fight for passage of the Reproductive Health Act, which will protect the fundamental right of reproductive freedom and a woman's right to make private health care decisions.
Several other states have already passed similar laws, including California,
A woman facing an unplanned or problem pregnancy should have the opportunity to make the best decision for herself and her family, whether her decision is continuing the pregnancy, adoption, or abortion.
Source: NY Rising 2013 State of the State booklet
, Jan 9, 2013
Fight for passage of the Reproductive Rights Act
Cuomo will fight for passage of the Reproductive Rights Act, which will protect the fundamental right of reproductive freedom and a woman's right to make private health care decisions. A woman facing an unplanned or problem pregnancy should have the
opportunity to make the best decision for her family, whether her decision is continuing the pregnancy, adoption, or abortion. The Act will ensure that the rights of individuals to make difficult and personal health care decisions will be preserved.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, andrewcuomo.com
, Nov 2, 2010
Supports federal abortion funding.
Cuomo supports the CC survey question on funding abortion
The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.
The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic:"Public funding of abortions, (such as govt. health benefits and Planned Parenthood)"
Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q1b on Aug 11, 2010
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