The New York law removes all mention of abortion from the state criminal code and allows “an abortion … [to] be performed by a licensed, certified, or authorized practitioner [i.e., non-doctor] within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient's life or health” (emphasis added).
“Health” is conveniently undefined. What exactly does it mean for New York State Senate Bill S2796 to contain language which allows an abortion to be performed “at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health”?
“They call it ‘the health of the mother,’” says actor Dean Cain in a new interview with FoxNews. “It’s a really fungible thing ... whether it’s the emotional health, or whatever it might be.”
Dean Cain plays detective James Wood in the new film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, which tells the story of the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who operated a clinic in West Philadelphia where he conducted illegal-late term abortions. Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the killings of three infants born alive in his clinic. He was also convicted of 24 counts of illegally aborting babies past the 24-week Pennsylvania statutory limit.
If the laws in Pennsylvania had been what they are now in New York, “that would make the crimes of Kermit Gosnell legal,” says Cain.
The new legislation redefines “person” under the New York Penal Code “when referring to the victim of a homicide,” as “a human being who has been born and is alive.”
According to the New York Times, the trial of Kermit Gosnell for the murders of the babies born alive in his clinic “turned on whether the late-term pregnancies Dr. Gosnell terminated resulted in live births.”
Pennsylvania state prosecutors successfully argued that three of the babies were born alive before Gosnell killed them. Even under the updated New York Penal Code, this would be nothing less than murder.
The crimes to which Dean Cain is therefore referring to are the illegal late-term abortions, 24 of which Gosnell was convicted. If Pennsylvania law had been what New York’s law is now, Gosnell only would have needed to provide a reason why the abortion was “necessary to protect [his] patients[‘] health” and those 24 late-term abortions would have been perfectly legal.
Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of murder in the first degree; one count of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of Karnamaya Mongar, a Nepalese refugee; 24 counts of illegal late-term abortion; and 211 counts of avoiding the 24-hour mandatory waiting period. He is currently serving three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Watch Dean Cain's full interview with Fox News below: