Reproductive Health Act has many serious flaws

The Reproductive Health Act proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is about abortion, not reproduction, and about increased, not fewer, health risks. It does not address the issues that drive women to feel that they have no other choice but abortion.

One of many flaws in the act is the removal of the 24-hour wait period. This allowed some space for the consideration of the implications of what the person intends to do. Anyone about to undergo any medical procedure would be well-advised to give careful consideration to all the options, read up on the latest medical information and discuss the situation with others. How is a 24-hour wait period detrimental to a woman who will be making a decision that will profoundly impact her life?

If the bill is passed, it will allow medical personnel other than a physician to perform abortions. Even now, with physicians doing abortions, we read horror stories in the paper about women dying from infections caused by unsanitary conditions, bleeding to death from a perforated uterus, or lacking proper attention before and after the abortion. Are we to expect that the situation will improve when the field is open to less-qualified staff?

Under the proposed bill, there would be no restrictions on late-term abortions, when the unborn child could live outside the womb. How do late-term abortions improve women’s health when they are proven to be more risky to women than delivery would be?

Based on these examples, and other flaws in the Reproductive Health Act, it is evident that the bill is not in the best interest of women.

Mary Jo Butler