A group of pro-life Democrats is protesting radical abortion legislation in New York, as well as assertions that there is no place for them in the Democratic Party.
“New York women do not actually need greater access to abortion, but a
more supportive system to allow real choice should they want to bring
their pregnancies to term,” said Democrats for Life of America in a Jan.
“Looser abortion restrictions will do nothing to help women who feel
financially strapped or who lack family support and often turn to
abortion as a last resort,” the group added.
The statements come in response to the reintroduction of New York’s
“Reproductive Health Act” to the state senate. Catholic governor Andrew
Cuomo has supported the measure as part of a larger plan to advance
“women's equality” within the state.
Democrats for Life also voiced strong objections to New York senator
Jeff Klein's suggestion that in order to be a true Democrat, one must
support the abortion expansion.
“It is clear that Senator Klein does not fully understand the
importance of diversity within our party, the strength of a big tent
policy, or the real needs of women,” the organization said, noting that
“there are 21 million Democrats who self-identify as pro-life.”
The statement pointed to Gallup polls in recent years showing that 84
percent of Democrats support informed consent laws and 61 percent
support parental consent requirements for minors seeking abortions.
A majority of Democrats also supported a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and a ban on partial-birth abortions.
Democrats for Life rejected the proposed “reproductive health” bill,
calling it the “most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation.”
The group explained that the bill would allow abortions throughout all
nine months of pregnancy for virtually any reason with almost no
Many of the potentially far-reaching consequences of the legislation
are due to provisions that circumvent abortion limitations when
necessary to protect a woman's health.
In the historic Doe v. Bolton case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
“health of the mother” provisions can include nearly any justification
for abortion, including stress, morning sickness or a general decrease
in quality of life.
Critics of the bill argue that this would result in nearly unrestricted
abortions in the state, allowing late-term abortions, permitting
non-doctors to perform abortions and rendering abortion limitations
Concerns have also been raised over the bill's conscience protections,
which may be too narrowly crafted to allow hospitals and clinics to
continue receiving state funds if they refuse to perform abortions.
The proposed legislation would also change the state’s definition of
manslaughter so that it would no longer apply if a woman was killed from
Democrats for Life criticized these radical aspects of bill, arguing
that they are “out of touch with the views of most Americans, out of
touch with the views of most Democrats, and could hamper real reform for
“New York City has the highest abortion rate in the nation with 40
percent of pregnancies ending in abortion,” the organization pointed
out. “Among non-Hispanic blacks, 60 percent of pregnancies end in
abortion, and among non-Hispanic black teens that number grows to 72
“Even a majority of pro-choice women believe the abortion rate is too
high,” the group said. “How will greater access and less safe abortions