Putnam officials condemn new law that expands abortion rights, codifies Roe v. Wade
In an 8-1 vote, Putnam County Legislature approved a resolution that calls on the state to repeal a new law expanding abortion rights in New York.
Protesters for and against abortion gathered outside the Putnam County Courthouse in Carmel as legislators voted inside on the resolution that condemns the Reproductive Health Act, which was signed into law in January.
County legislators debated and voted on the resolution at their regularly planned meeting in Carmel.
The resolution expresses concerns over provisions in the New York state Reproductive Health Act (RHA).
The new law expands the legality of abortion and eliminates some restrictions. It allows abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy to protect a woman's life or health. It also allows medical professionals who are not doctors to perform abortions and repeals criminal charges for harming a fetus.
Erika Christensen traveled from Brooklyn to make sure her story was heard. She had to travel out of state for an abortion when she was 30 weeks pregnant after finding out her unborn baby wasn't viable.
"It's really disappointing this body would use this time to shame women and to put down the RHA," she says.
Putnam County Legislator Nancy Montgomery is the sole Democrat on the nine-member board of legislators, and is the only one opposing the resolution.
Although the resolution passed, it will have no legal implications on the new law. It's simply a statement to state leaders on their stance on the issue.