Cuomo’s reproductive health act is so radical that it threatens the closure of existing hospitals and clinics. Currently in New York all hospitals and clinics must be certified by the state, and therefore must demonstrate that they adhere to all state regulations and requirements for the operations of such facilities. Some of those medical facilities are religiously affiliated, and refuse to provide or refer for abortion and contraception. If abortion and contraception become fundamental human rights as noted in the abortion expansion bill, it is the state’s obligation to ensure enforcement of access to those rights in all certified facilities. It is not possible to operate a hospital or clinic without state certification. The dilemma for these organizations is to either violate their deeply held religious beliefs, or close their doors.
Why would Cuomo hold hostage so many quality medical facilities for his abortion agenda? Why would he sacrifice quality healthcare for tens of thousands of people every day for the sake of a few more abortions? Abortion is not an issue of medical access. With over 111,000 abortions every year, New York State has the highest abortion rate in the country. If we’re going to do anything about abortion access, it should be an investigation into these high rates and restricting access so abortion cannot be used as birth control.
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