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Rob Astorino on Abortion

 

 


No 9th-month abortions, even if federal law allows it

Cuomo said he wanted to "codify" state with the federal law to assure abortions could be performed into the ninth month of pregnancy. Although already legal under federal law, he said the state measure is needed in case the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Roe v. Wade decision.

State records show few New Yorkers seek abortions as late as the ninth month of pregnancy. Of 97,502 abortions in New York in 2012, just 2.6 percent came after the fifth month of pregnancy, according to the state Health Department.

Astorino last week called Cuomo's proposal to protect ninth-month abortions "sick, I think that's ghastly. . . . I would veto that in a second." But he said he wouldn't try to erode current abortion laws. "I'm pro-life. This is a pro-choice state. I get that," Astorino said in a March news conference in Buffalo. "What I will not do is expand abortion up to birth, which is what Governor Cuomo's bill would do."

Source: Newsday AdWatch on 2014 New York State gubernatorial race , May 18, 2014

Opposes abortion, except for rape, incest & maternal life

Before Astorino had even officially announced his run for governor this week, pro-abortion advocates were already sending out mail attacking his record on women's health. Astorino "has shown flagrant disregard for the core values of the millions of pro-choice New Yorkers," NARAL Pro-Choice New York wrote in a press release 20 minutes before Astorino officially announced his candidacy. The group said Astorino had, "at every turn demonstrated a profound lack of respect for women's fundamental rights and basic health care needs."

But Astorino, in his capacity as a county official, hasn't had many chances to take action on abortion-related issues while he's been in office. Astorino, a practicing Catholic, has previously said he opposes abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or if a woman's life is in danger. In previous elections he's also taken pains to avoid discussing the subject, pivoting toward discussions of the economy or taxes, and calling the issue "hyper-partisan" and "divisive."

Source: Capital New York e-zine on 2014 N. Y. gubernatorial race , Mar 7, 2014

Philosophically opposed, but won't fight legal abortion

Astorino said he would not specifically seek out cutting abortion funding, but said, "We'll look at everything. It's what I did in Westchester. We said everything is on the table to look at because we have to get things under control." He noted the state currently spends about $4 million on programs to help pregnant women and $45 million in state & local funds for abortions.

When asked to clarify whether or not he would specifically seek to curtail funding for abortions, Astorino said no. "Abortion in this state has been legal for 44 years," he said. "Legal abortion in New York is "not going anywhere."

Asked whether he philosophically opposes spending state money on abortions, Astorino said yes, but wouldn't say whether he'd seek to cut such spending. Astorino did not state the parameters of his own position on abortion, but said he opposes Cuomo's Women's Equality Act, which would allow for increased access to third-trimester abortions. Astorino equated the bill to legalizing "infanticide."

Source: Capital New York e-zine on 2014 N. Y. gubernatorial race , Mar 7, 2014

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