(CNSNews.com) -- The pro-life group Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) said it opposes the Reproductive Health Act, which was signed into law last week by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.
“We oppose Governor Cuomo’s new abortion expansion law and are concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of women in New York,” said Kristen Day, executive director of DFLA.
“Abortion is big business in New York with unlimited public funding and an abortion rate twice the national average,” Day continued. “The governor’s new law will not address the high abortion rate, nor will it help pregnant women who feel pressured or coerced into abortion.”
“We call on New York legislators – particularly Democrats – to embark on a mission to make New York, the state, have the lowest abortion rate in the nation,” she added.
In 2015, New York’s abortion rate was 22.0 abortions per 1,000 women, compared to the 2015 national average of 11.8, according to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
In New York City, more black babies were aborted in 2015 than were born.
The Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which became law on Jan. 22 – the anniversary of Roe v. Wade -- amended New York’s public health law by legalizing abortions up to the day of birth, allowing physician assistants to perform surgical abortions and defining a “person,” when referring to a homicide victim, as “a human being who has been born,” so that pre-born babies cannot be considered homicide victims.
Pro-life Democrats are rare in Congress, and, according to its current platform, the Democratic Party “unequivocally” believes that every woman should have access to “safe and legal abortion.”
According to DFLA, however, one in three American Democrats is pro-life. DFLA works to elect and support pro-life Democrats, “promote a pro-life plank in the Democratic Party platform” and achieve pro-life legislation. It supports policies that “respect and promote life from conception to natural death” and opposes abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, embryonic stem cell research, poverty, genocide and “all other injustices.”
Day said that New York should repeal the RHA and that Democrats must “stop supporting the abortion industry” and “start supporting pregnant women.”
“As Democrats, we advocate for progressive solutions to problems facing the weakest in society: the poor, minorities, women, and children—even if they are yet to be born,” Day wrote. “New York should repeal this anti-women law and no other state should replicate it.”
Another pro-life Democrat, Charles Camosy, argued that the RHA is a “dangerous step back” that puts pregnant women “at greater risk” of violence and “actually serves the interests of men, not women.”
“Tragically, New York women are less safe from violence now than they were before the passage of the Reproductive Health Act,” Camosy, who is on the board of Democrats for Life of America, wrote in an op-ed.
Democrats for Life of America endorses a handful of members of Congress, including Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah).
CNSNews.com reached out to those members of Congress to ask whether they opposed the Reproductive Health Act, but none responded by the deadline.