Tuesday, March 27, 2007

New York Post: Gov. Spitzer Speaks on Abortion

Spitzer The website of WCBS Newsradio 880 includes an AP story on Governor Spitzer's speech at the Family Planning Advocates of New York State's annual conference on March 26. Spitzer apparently asserted that "we are on the cusp of losing Roe v. Wade," while promising to fight to keep abortion legal in New York.  Are we really about to lose Roe?  I tend to agree with Jessie Hill that the answer is most likely no.

Spitzer also said that New York's laws "do not go far enough" in protecting the right to abortion "and so we will make it our vision this term, this year to expand New York's law to give us all the protections that are necessary."  Actually, NARAL gives New York an A- in its indispensable Who Decides publication, which profiles the abortion laws of all 50 states.  According to the AP article, "Spitzer provided few details about how New York's abortion laws need to be updated." 

There is, however, still much to be done to improve access to reproductive health services and information in New York, especially for low income women and teens, so Spitzer's commitment to protecting reproductive freedom is certainly welcome.  See the State Legislative Agenda of Planned Parenthood of NYC.


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