ALBANY, N.Y. - A coalition of physicians says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed abortion rights bill will hurt women, forcing many into lifetime bouts with depression and guilt while making late-term abortions more common and more dangerous.
The physicians of several faiths who deliver babies and work with women after their abortions say their opposition to the Women's Reproductive Health Act is based on their years of medical experience, not on their religious beliefs.
They say they know of no case in which a late-term abortion was needed to protect the health of a woman.
Dr. Anne Nolte, MD, of Women's Health & Fertility says, "We take care of 24-week babies in the NICU. Any health condition and really any life threatening condition can be managed by delivering that child and then caring for that child. It is not necessary that that child has to die in order to preserve the woman's life or health."
Current law makes it illegal for doctors to perform late-term abortions on women 24-weeks pregnant or further. Last month, during the governor's State of the State address, Cuomo seemed to support the Reproductive Health Act, which would allow a woman to receive an abortion at or beyond that term, as long as it's medically necessary. The Act would also allow non-physicians to perform late-term abortions outside of hospital settings. Critics say the proposed expansion of late-term abortion law is potentially dangerous and unnecessary.