ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act Tuesday after it was passed by The New York State Senate and Assembly.
When it passed in the Senate, the gallery erupted into cheers for about 20 seconds. After it died down some protesters screamed out as well.
The bill protects abortion rights in the states health law as opposed to penal codes. It allows for late-term abortions after 24 weeks if the mother’s life is at risk or if the fetus is nonviable.
This has been a goal of the legislature now that the Senate is no longer Republicans controlled. Similar bills had failed in the past.
The previous law was passed in 1970, three years before Roe v Wade. WIVB’s Nexstar sister station, NEWS10 ABC, has been told this is an update to the outdated law.