Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

New York amended its constitution to make abortion an absolute right. The new law permits non-physicians to perform abortions and allows abortions to be performed up until birth. It also repeals protections for babies that survive a botched abortion. In other words, infanticide will be legal in some situations. Upon passage of the bill, the New York State Senate chambers erupted in cheers and a standing ovation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a state-wide celebration, and ordered the spire topping the World Trade Center to be lit in pink. The reaction to those cheering for abortion has been swift. It's jarring to humane sensibilities that abortion is something to be celebrated. After all, regardless of the pregnant woman's circumstances abortion is still the abrupt end of another human being's life.