New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Again Pushing Radical Abortion Expansion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 29, 2013   |   4:49PM   |   Albany, NY

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again pushing a bill in the state legislature that would result in a radical expansion of abortion in New York, a state with some of the highest abortion rates in the nation.

The state legislature defeated his last attempt to promote abortions.

Greg Pfundstein Executive Director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, told LifeNews about Cuomo’s plans.

“Gov. Cuomo resurrects his fight to expand abortion access in New York with an appearance endorsing a county-level candidate, a position too extreme for most New Yorkers. Taking the time to attend the White Plains rally, endorse county-level candidates, and make comments focused on abortion, Cuomo sent a clear sign of what is to come in the next legislative session,” he said.

He added: “41% of all viable pregnancies in New York City alone end in abortion—twice the national ratio. Nearly 8 in 10 New Yorkers believe there is already sufficient access to abortion in New York State, when they are informed of the number of abortions in New York. New Yorkers know increased access to abortion will not solve the underlying issues that lead to crisis pregnancies in the first place and will not help women.”

A blog recently covered the endorsement rally and quoted the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference spokesman Eric Soufer:

“Last session, every member of the Independent Democratic Conference voted in favor of the full Women’s Equality Act,” Soufer said Saturday. “All of our members would like nothing more than to see Roe v. Wade codified into New York state law.”

But Pfundstein said: “The only problem is that Roe v. Wade is not the defining case for codified abortion in the United States. Casey v. Planned Parenthood in 1992 ruled that certain restrictions on abortion are not only reasonable, but constitutional. The Casey ruling allows for sensible restrictions regarding waiting periods, informed consent, and parental consent—none of which are in place in New York.”

He added that the vast majority of New Yorkers agree with the Casey verdict:

  • 80% oppose unlimited abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy
  • 87% favor providing pregnant mothers with information about their options before they make a decision
  • 78% approve of a 24-hour waiting period
  • 76% approve of parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion
  • 86% favor regulating abortion clinics as strictly as other medical facilities
  • 75% oppose changing the law to allow non-physicians to perform abortions.

The Chiaroscuro Foundation examined the data surrounding New York City’s staggering 41% abortion ratio, breaking the figures down by zip code, and its new analysis shows the zip code with the highest abortion ratio in the city, 67%, is in Manhattan’s Chelsea-Clinton neighborhood.



The Chiaroscuro Foundation also asked for information from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about the number of repeat abortions and it found that, in 2009, 48,627 of the 87,273 abortions in New York City, or 56%, were repeat abortions and 33,401, 38%, were paid for by Medicaid.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of New Yorkers believe the abortion rate is too high in New York City – including 57% of pro-choice women – according to a poll conducted by the polling firm McLaughlin & Associates for the Foundation earlier this year.  Seventy four percent believe that the overall 60% abortion rate in the African American community is too high.

Find more information on the New York abortion figures at