Another Voice writer is misinformed on abortion
No matter what one’s opinion is on current New York State law that allows abortion up to 24 weeks’ gestation, we believe it is important that what is being proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and now being espoused by Sen. Timothy Kennedy is understood in plain and simple terms regarding “late term” abortions. Unfortunately, Corinne A. Carey’s Another Voice, “Sen. Kennedy understands the need to protect women’s health,” confuses the issue by giving what can best be described as misinformation of the topic.
Due to advances in neonatal care over the last 30 years, after 24 weeks’ gestation, babies are capable of surviving outside their mother’s womb. When the continuation of pregnancy after 24 weeks constitutes a serious risk to a woman’s health and life, or there is a need to treat serious medical or surgical diseases in the mother (cancer), in high-risk maternity units throughout the state, obstetricians safely and legally “terminate pregnancies.” This maternal life and health saving “termination of pregnancy” is called delivering the baby. The only difference in the outcome of this “procedure” and what is being proposed by Cuomo and Kennedy is that we do everything we can, with the help of our neonatal intensive care unit colleagues, to give these babies a chance at life. While we do know that not every child born after 24 weeks’ gestation can or will survive, we also know that these tiny and precious babies deserve our love and care, even if it is only for a brief moment in their mother’s arms.
It has often been quoted that “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children.” We only hope that Cuomo and Kennedy pass this moral test.
Margaret McDonnell, M.D.
Anthony Pivarunas, D.O.
Robert Powalski, M.D.