On Tuesday, the New York Senate and Assembly passed a pro-abortion bill with a 38-24 vote by the Senate and a 92-47 vote by the State Assembly nixing all protection for the preborn.

Just hours after this tragic vote, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law, saying: “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion.”

Cuomo’s “giant step forward” takes place on the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which established abortion as a “constitutional right.”

According to Live Action, this draconian bill would:

  • Authorize abortions until birth in the name of the mother’s “health” and loosely interpret health to include age, economic, social, and emotional factors
  • Allow non-doctors to perform abortions
  • Make abortion a fundamental human right in New York’s Constitution
  • Nix protection for babies born alive after an abortion, leaving them to suffer and die
  • Protect abortion in New York in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned

At Governor Cuomo’s side while the bill was signed into law was Sarah Weddington, the attorney who represented Norma McCorvey (who went by the pseudonym of Jane Roe) in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade. McCorvey admits Weddington lied to the Court about her being impregnated through rape, along with other things, in order to sway the justices toward her side.

Later, McCorvey would become a pro-life activist and would spend “the rest of [her] life undoing the law that bears [her] name.”

New York has one of the highest abortion rates in the nation and is in the top three states in the nation for the highest amount of unintentional pregnanciesDespite New York having faced a 13% decline in abortions from 2011 to 2014, The state’s abortion rate of 23.1 aborted babies per 1,000 live births is double the national average of 11.8 aborted babies per 1,000 live births. This means 25%-27% of pregnancies in New York end in abortion. There is an active genocide taking place in New York targeting the most vulnerable.

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