Joseph Spector Albany Bureau Published 10:51 AM EST Feb 14, 2019 ALBANY - The Child Victims Act in New York that languished for years at the state Capitol will be signed into law Thursday, giving victims of child sexual abuse a new opportunity to seek justice against their attackers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to sign the bill into law at a ceremony in Manhattan, a victory for victims who have long lobbied for the ability to seek justice from their abusers. “After 13 long and hard years of fighting, New York sends an unmistakable message to survivors of childhood sexual abuse: we hear you, we see you and we stand with you," said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, who sponsored the bill. Here's what to know about the new law: What does it do? The Child Victims Act will change the state's strict statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children and open up a one-year window to revive past claims of any age. It does three main things: — Extend New … [Read more...] about Child Victims Act: Four things to know about important new law in New York
Abortion law in new york
Joseph Spector Albany Bureau Published 2:38 PM EST Feb 5, 2019 ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back Tuesday against critics of New York's new abortion-rights law, contending it does little more than codify Roe v. Wade into state law. The Democratic governor and the state Legislature have faced ongoing criticism for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act on Jan. 22 that expands the type of health-care practitioners that can perform abortions and allows for late-term abortions if the health of the mother is at risk or the fetus is not viable. "The New York law is just a mirror of the federal law. Don't chase the bone that the Republicans are throwing. It does nothing different. It's the life or health of a mother," Cuomo said Tuesday on WNYC radio in Manhattan. "The quote-unquote late term abortions is like 1 percent for the life or health of the mother. It is the federal standard." The law allows for abortions in New York before the end of the 24th week of … [Read more...] about Cuomo defends abortion-rights law in New York amid ongoing criticism
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — Tempers continued to flare Thursday over efforts to loosen abortion restrictions in state legislatures as Republicans claimed Democrats were endorsing “infanticide” and Democrats accused Republicans of an “orchestrated ambush,” but advocates insist the changes are less drastic than the heated rhetoric suggests. “Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb? That’s what it is. That’s what they’re doing. It’s terrible,” President Donald Trump said in an interview with The Daily Caller Wednesday. Some Republicans called for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after comments he made about third-trimester abortions while discussing a bill proposed by Del. Kathy Tran. “If a mother’s in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be … [Read more...] about What would controversial abortion laws in New York, Virginia actually do?
Joseph Spector Albany Bureau Published 4:29 PM EST Jan 28, 2019 ALBANY - Some Catholic leaders are ripping Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill last week that will expand abortion rights in New York, with some suggesting the governor should be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Cuomo, a Roman Catholic and former altar boy, was unmoved by the criticism, saying Monday that he and his late father, the former Gov. Mario Cuomo, were often at odds with the church. "The Catholic Church does not believe in a woman's right to choose. Yes, I understand their religious view," Cuomo said on WAMC, a public radio station in Albany. "I understand their religious view when it comes to marriage equality. But I'm not here to legislate religion." Religious response In particular, Catholic leaders take issue with a piece of the new Reproductive Health Act that allows for late-term abortions at the discretion of a health-care practitioner based on the viability of the … [Read more...] about Excommunicating Cuomo? Some Catholic leaders angered over new abortion law in New York
Joseph Spector and Jon Campbell Albany Bureau Published 11:23 AM EST Jan 22, 2019 ALBANY - The state Legislature on Tuesday afternoon will pass a long-stalled bill that will strengthen abortion rights in New York. The Reproductive Health Act is then expected to be signed into law later Tuesday at the state Capitol by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has pushed its passage for years. “New Yorkers have won," the group #VoteProChoice said in a statement. With Roe v. Wade potentially threatened in the Supreme Court, "it is critical that the New York legislature is finally passing the Reproductive Health Act after 12 years of ridiculous partisan power plays that put real people’s lives at risk." The vote Tuesday comes on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade court case in 1973. In addition to the abortion bill, the Democratic-controlled Legislature will also pass the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, which will require insurers to cover … [Read more...] about Abortion laws in New York: How they will change immediately