To the editor:
The actual text of (Article 25-A, Section 2599-AA of the New York state) Reproductive Health Act states:
“2. EVERY INDIVIDUAL WHO BECOMES PREGNANT HAS THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO CHOOSE TO CARRY THE PREGNANCY TO TERM, TO GIVE BIRTH TO A CHILD, OR TO HAVE AN ABORTION, PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE” (lines 36-38).
Seventy-five percent of women that have abortions are poor or low income. Legislators need to provide for these women good pre-natal and post-birth medical care, adequate food, housing, transportation, child care, job training, work opportunities, as well as any other support for these vulnerable poor or low-income women, so that they can carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child.
Fifty-nine percent of abortions were obtained by women who had a least one birth; these mothers with families should be provided enough concrete support so that they don’t feel alone, isolated and overwhelmed, so that they can carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child.
In addition, a significant number of women have abortions because they believe that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents. The workplace or colleges should create an atmosphere that enables these at-risk women and their babies, to be able to flourish.
From ministering to so many women in Project Rachel who felt that they had no real choice, (I say) it is time for Governor Cuomo and the Democratic legislators to make every resource readily available, so that every woman in New York State can truly “carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child.”
Father Jim Hewes