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NY governor moves to make abortion rights part of state constitution

'We will not allow the progress of the women's movement to be stopped.'


Jaya Saxena


Published Jan 30, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:37 am CDT

At a rally in New York for Family Planning Advocates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he wants to make the right to an abortion part of the New York state constitution, reports Gothamist.

“As Washington seeks to limit women’s rights, we seek to protect them, and as they threaten reproductive rights, I propose a constitutional amendment to write Roe v. Wade into the New York State Constitution to prevent any attack on the right to choose,” he said. “We will not allow the progress of the women’s movement to be stopped, and we must seize this opportunity to bring the state and the nation forward and stand up for women’s health.”

New York’s abortion laws are more liberal than many states’, though abortion is only allowed after 24 weeks if the mother’s life is in danger. It doesn’t allow for a late-term abortion to protect the woman’s health or if the fetus isn’t viable. The NYCLU says this law puts women in danger.

“New York should be a progressive leader for women now that the Trump regime cannot be counted on to respect a woman and actually threatens to repeal Roe v Wade. But our abortion law has been out of date and shamefully inadequate for decades,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman in a statement.

Late-term abortions would be protected if Roe v. Wade is codified into the state’s constitution.

It’s been speculated that Cuomo is eyeing a 2020 run for president, and that many of his actions are an attempt to build momentum for that campaign. Then again, if this is what he thinks pandering to the base looks like, many liberal women don’t seem to mind.


H/T Gothamist

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*First Published: Jan 30, 2017, 5:19 pm CST