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Albany, N.Y., Mar 29, 2019 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The vast majority of New Yorkers are opposed to late-term abortion, a new Marist Poll has found. The opposition comes despite the recent passage of the state’s Reproductive Health Act, which found a comfortable majority in the state legislature.
The poll, which was co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, found that while nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers identify as being “pro-choice,” they oppose to the idea of late-term abortion.
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In January, the New York State Assembly and Senate easily passed the Reproductive Health Act, which codified the Roe v. Wade decision and removed nearly all restrictions on abortion.
Although the law easily passed through the legislative process, average New Yorkers are far less radical on abortion compared to their representatives. The poll found that 75 percent of New York residents are opposed to abortion after the 20th week of a pregnancy. Only 20 percent of those surveyed said they approved of late-term abortion.
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Those opposed to abortion after 20 weeks included nearly 70 percent of surveyed Democrats, 73 percent of political independents and 89 percent of Republicans.
Only two Democratic members of the state Senate voted against the Reproductive Health Act, alongside every Republican senator.
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“New Yorkers simply do not support laws that allow late-term abortions,” said Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus. Anderson called the Reproductive Health Act a “radical policy” that is against the wishes of average people from all political stripes.
Previously, abortion was legal in New York until the 24th week of a pregnancy. Under the new law, abortion is permissable throughout an entire pregnancy, until the moment of birth, if it is deemed necessary to preserve the “health” of the mother. The Reproductive Health Act also removed abortion from the state’s criminal code, ending to potential to prosecute assailents who violently...
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