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New NY Abortion Law: “A Women’s Right to Choose” or to Murder?

A bill that was first introduced in 2006 and blocked by Republicans in the New York state Senate, has now passed the legislature in January of 2019. Co-signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) is praised by the left and pro-choicers as an “essential protection for women.” This repulsive bill legalizes abortion from week one of pregnancy up until birth for women in New York. It’s incredible how this law is supposed to support “reproductive health,” meanwhile, it hypocritically terminates that very statement entirely.

According to this New York statute, life starts at birth. Therefore, under New York law, a baby in the womb is not a life, regardless of how old that baby is. The mother could be far along in the pregnancy or even in labor, the fetus could have all ten fingers and toes, a beating heart and functioning body parts, and still is not considered a life that has rights by New York State. It is said that the bill will preserve the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, which deemed abortion a fundamental right by the Supreme Court in 1973, from the fear of the new “conservative” Supreme Court overturning it.

The law now allows medical professionals who are not doctors to perform abortions. It also protects doctors (and now, these medical professionals) who perform abortions from criminal prosecution. By removing abortion from the state’s criminal code, any unborn child that is killed in the womb, whether that is from a car accident, a domestic violence dispute, or even the pregnant mother being murdered, it is not considered homicide of the baby inside the womb, no matter how many weeks old.

How does this in any shape or form protect women? You would think the new-age feminists and the social justice warriors who fight for women’s rights and are against domestic violence abuse would be against late-term abortion. I mean… there are female babies, right?

The main argument that the left proposes for late-term abortion is that the women’s health has to be in danger or the fetus is not viable in order to have one. This is true; however, what people forget is that physical health and mental health go hand in hand. If a pregnant woman was having a mental breakdown, anxiety, depression, etc., she would technically be eligible to terminate her pregnancy past 24 weeks in New York. This, of course, would be determined by the woman’s healthcare provider who obviously gets compensated for the abortion. Yes, doctors make money when they “treat” patients.

The most common second-trimester abortion in the U.S. is the procedure of a second-trimester surgical dilation and extraction (D&E) abortion (which is illegal federally and also in many states). According to Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, at this point in the pregnancy, “the baby’s bones and skull are too strong to be torn apart by suction alone. The abortionist uses this clamp to grasp an arm or a leg. Once he has a firm grip, the abortionist pulls hard, in order to tear the limb from the baby’s body.”

Dr. Levatino further explains, “The head is grasped and crushed. The abortionist knows he has crushed the skull when a white substance comes out of the cervix – this was the baby’s brains. The abortionist then removes skull pieces… The abortionist then collects the baby parts and reassembles them to make sure that there are two arms, two legs, and all the pieces. Once all the parts have been accounted for, the abortion is complete.”

This is the ugly truth of abortion. This is the terror that no pro-choice advocate is willing to face. This is what we need to wake up and see, we are brutally dismembering and killing our littlest Americans before they even have a chance. Who the hell are we to take away a life?

It astonishes me how as a society, we can take the most innocent form of life and execute it as a selfish need of our own; not being able to deal with consequences of our own actions. We need to reevaluate our choices and decisions as we make them and accept the results. How about we start pushing “A Women’s Choice to Have Sex”? Even if both sexual partners do everything right, yes, there is still a chance that you can get pregnant. Shocker! We should be teaching personal responsibility to our children and younger generations. If you have consensual sex, even if you take precautions, there is no perfect ten in life.

Think about these questions: Are puppies not puppies in the womb? Are tadpoles not baby frogs? Are cocooned caterpillars not butterflies? Are fetuses in the womb not humans? Try to remember, you were once “just a clump of cells.” Imagine if your mother took your life away from you.

Sources:

https://www.liveaction.org/news/planned-parenthood-abortionists-describe-in-gruesome-detail-how-they-abort-preborn-children/

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/23/health/new-york-abortion-measures-trnd/index.html

https://www.dailywire.com/news/42749/new-yorks-new-abortion-law-even-removes-emily-zanotti