Last year 19 states enacted 43 provisions restricting abortion access, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion advocacy and research group. Not one measure was adopted to expand abortion access. In 2011, a record-breaking 92 abortion restrictions were enacted.
“Pretty much all of the energy, all of the momentum, has been to restrict abortion, which makes what could potentially happen in New York so interesting,” Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute, told The New York Times. “There’s no other state that’s even contemplating this right now.”
Cuomo’s office has said his Reproductive Health Act is an effort to reinforce Roe v. Wade to protect the reproductive rights of women should the Supreme Court overturn the court’s landmark abortion ruling.
"The governor would simply realign our outdated state laws to federal law and existing state practice," said Cuomo’s counsel, Mylan Denerstein, in an Op-Ed. "The Supreme Court could always change and we want to protect a woman’s current right to choose."