Hillary Clinton once said abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” according to The Atlantic. She also once said that abortion “represents a sad, tragic choice to many, many women.”
New York City Major Andrew Cuomo appears to heartily disagree. He believes it should be celebrated, shouted from the rooftop of the tallest skyscraper in his city — the One World Trade Center. In other words, a building that was intended to commemorate the tragic loss of 3,000 lives in the 9/11 attacks now, for a night, celebrated the killing of innocent babies.
Amidst a cacophony of raucous cheers, the New York State Senate passed the “Reproductive Health Act,” which Cuomo said he would gladly sign into law.
"May almighty God have mercy on the state of New York!" one detractor yelled amidst the applause, according to the Times Union.
Supporters of the act say they’re simply codifying the state’s existing abortion laws in case “Roe v. Wade” gets overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, CBS New York reported. New York legalized abortion three years before Roe v. Wade, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. But beyond codifying that, the act expands abortion in the state as well.
“Provisions in the bill include dropping most restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks, allowing midwives and nurse practitioners to perform abortions, and ending criminal charges for harming children in the womb,” wrote CBS New York.
The bill’s exact wording allows abortion “at any time when necessary to protect a patient's life or health,” even up to the moment of birth. According to Life News, critics say “health” can be easily interpreted as a woman’s mental or emotional health if she does not want the baby or is afraid she won’t be able to properly take care of it.
Critics also say the new law could make it more difficult for charges to be brought against people who cause an unborn baby to die, like in the case of domestic violence committed against a pregnant woman.
But to celebrate the signing of the law, Cuomo declared it a “historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values” and said he is “directing that New York's landmarks be lit in pink to celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow," according to the governor’s office.
The “Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany” were also lit pink. Cuomo decision drew widespread disgust across social media:
Interestingly enough, Cuomo actually included Hillary in a video he had created celebrating his signing of the bill: