The governor’s office released the revised abortion provision of the Women’s Equality Agenda, which addresses opponents’ concerns that the original bill would have allowed for partial-birth abortions in New York.
The medical procedure referred to as “partial-birth” abortion is banned on the federal level. The changes to the bill clarify that the Women’s Equality Act would not affect that ban.
Also, the bill specifically states that abortion is legal until the 24th week of pregnancy or when a woman’s life or health is in danger, as determined by a licensed physician. Previously, the bill said abortion was legal until viability. A fetus is generally considered viable at 24 weeks.
Women’s groups pushed the amendment last week as a way to make the bill more palatable to moderate Senate Republicans, but the GOP Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said he still intended the block the bill. The Independent Democratic Conference, which shares control with the Republicans, introduced its own women’s agenda Sunday that excludes the abortion provision.
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