Does New York love abortions?

I am pro-choice, but I am not pro-abortion. I am not someone who dismisses a fetus as not having any worth. I’m someone who firmly believes that the United States has far too many abortions and we should focus on significantly reducing the amount of unwanted pregnancies. Fortunately, that overall number has been decreasing.

I believe this reflects the ideology of most people. We are pro-choice, but we’re not represented by the far left. We’re deeply put off by people with a seemingly thoughtless and heartless attitude towards potential life decisions and traumatic procedures.

In 2015, 638,169 legal induced abortions were reported to the CDC from 49 reporting areas. 93,096 were in New York which accounted for 14.6% of all abortions in the United States. 28.2% of pregnancies in that state end in abortion.

With those kind of statistics you’d think the people running New York would be desperate to lower those staggering abortion numbers. You’d think they’d be embarrassed, but apparently not. They passed a bill making abortion even less restrictive than it already was. Abortion is legal to 24 weeks and even afterwards with vague language around if a woman’s health was affected.

The Bill begins with:
1. EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO CHOOSE OR REFUSE CONTRACEPTION OR STERILIZATION.

This takes away any accountability. What about a man who’s impregnated 9 women out of wedlock? What about a woman who’s a drug addict that continues to have crack babies at the expense of the community? There should be no legal liability in these instances?

Why not begin with:
Every individual has the fundamental right to be educated and have access to contraception. Every individual has the fundamental right to use contraception responsibly in order to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies as much as humanly possible. When mistakes happen, a woman has fundamental rights regarding their pregnancy.
And then introduce the next line of the Bill:
2. EVERY INDIVIDUAL WHO BECOMES PREGNANT HAS THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO CHOOSE TO CARRY THE PREGNANCY TO TERM, TO GIVE BIRTH TO A CHILD, OR TO HAVE AN ABORTION, PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE.

This bill also removes criminal liability around abortion by keeping a fetus out of the definition of being a person.

According to the Bill:
"Person," when referring to the victim of a homicide, means a
human being who has been born and is alive.

But this definition ignores fetal viability which is estimated at 24 weeks. This doesn’t mean the fetus will survive outside of the womb this early, but has over a 50% chance.
And what about someone who physically assaults a pregnant woman causing her to lose the fetus? There’s shouldn’t be additional punishment in those cases? It doesn’t matter?

This law was passed with the sound of applause. Apparently working hard to increase the number of abortions in your state is worth celebrating. Creepy.

References:
CDC – Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Abortion Surveillance—Findings and Reports
Abort73.com - New York Abortion Statistics
The New York State Senate - Senate Bill S240
New York Magazine - The Abortion Capital of America

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