Late Thursday, in what was a significant test of the Supreme Court’s newly strengthened conservative majority, the justices ruled 5 to 4 to temporarily block a Louisiana abortion law from taking effect on Friday.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices to prevent a law that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals for the safety of women having abortions.
“This administration defies American evolution,” Cuomo claimed during a press conference shortly after signing the bill into law. “We are supposed to be moving forward, we are supposed to be advancing, we are supposed to live and learn, we are supposed to be growing.”
The New Mexico House just passed a bill that would make abortion legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy if Roe v Wade is overturned. If the New Mexico Senate passes it, the Democratic governor says she’ll sign it.
President Trump and GOP lawmakers are pushing back. “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children, who can feel pain in the mother‘s womb,” Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday.
While Trump‘s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to happen in Congress, Republican legislators in several states like Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee are campaigning for tougher anti-abortion measures like the “heartbeat law” that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
“I want to ask mothers across this country to join with us to make sure that we don’t see our maternity wards turned into killing fields,” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney said earlier this week.
A Gallup poll shows that while 60 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in the first three months of pregnancy, only 28 percent support abortion in the 2nd trimester. And that number plummets to just 13 percent for abortions during the third trimester.