New York expands abortion rights
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New York expands abortion rights

New York lawmakers on Tuesday passed Senate Bill S240, which is also known as the Reproductive Health Act and expands abortion rights. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Tuesday evening.

The Reproductive Health Act was made with the intent “to prevent the enforcement of laws or regulations that are not in furtherance of a legitimate state interest in protecting a woman’s health that burden abortion access.” The Act gives health care practitioners the ability to perform abortions when “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.” The Act also amended provisions of public health law and criminal law that were related to abortion.