1. It guarantees abortion as a legal choice and right left up to the patient or doctor for any reason they deem appropriate. The developing baby is given no rights.
“Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion, pursuant to this article.”
2. It does not define what constitutes as “medically necessary”
“A health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized under title eight of the education law, acting within his or her lawful scope of practice, may perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case”
3. a. Determining “fetal viability” is not always accurate. Many parents have been told their babies will not be compatible with life and have been urged to abort. Their babies have been born perfectly healthy.
b. If a baby dies in the womb there are already measures in place to induce labor or surgically remove the baby. This does not require new legislation.
c. EVEN IF the baby is going to die soon after birth, they have the right to be born and given palliative care rather than be ripped apart limb from limb or poisoned.
4. There is never a medical necessity to abort a full term baby to protect the mother’s life. Early labor may need to be induced and the baby may require medical assistance after birth, but abortion is not necessary.
“the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”