Monday, March 11, 2019

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Carmel Town Board calls for protecting life of unborn

CARMEL – The Carmel Town Board has called on state lawmakers to repeal the somewhat controversial Reproductive Health Act signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo eight weeks ago.

The law contains a series of measures permitting abortions into the third trimester of pregnancy if the health care provider deems it necessary for the life, health and well-being of the mother.

Under the legislation, abortions can now be performed by others in the healthcare field and not solely by physicians.

The measure, passed in both houses of the legislature mostly along party lines, will codify Roe v. Wade even if the federal legislation is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The town board voted 4-0 this past week to repeal Article 25A of the Public Health Law without comment.

However, at a previously held work session this month, Councilwoman Suzi McDonough, who introduced the legislation, expressed displeasure with Albany for allowing non-board certified physician assistants and nurse practitioners to handle abortions.

Several residents attending that work session also criticized the state for its decision described by one woman as being “revolting and inhumane.”

Putnam County Legislator Amy Sayegh agreed with her town board’s decision and reported that the county legislature was also in the process of drawing up a resolution that called for “lawmakers speaking up for those who can’t speak for themselves.”

Meanwhile, Carmel Town Democratic Chairwoman Jennifer Colamonico blasted the GOP controlled town board for “delving into an issue that is not a town matter. Our board has plenty of work to do to be better stewards of taxpayer dollars like finding money for infrastructure repairs and maintenance, doing diligence on investments like Swan Cove and the Airport Park. Instead, they waste time on a resolution that will accomplish nothing because it is outside their jurisdiction.”

Colamonico charged that the Republican dominated town board was engaging in “divisive politics purely designed to fire up a certain part of the Republican base vote. From the President on down, there are vested Republican political interests spreading unconscionable lies about women and about Democrats.”

Colamonico also said if the town board’s interest was genuine in reducing abortions, it could have chosen a platform to promote birth control such as “affordable and accessible measures or comprehensive sex education to empower women and girls to prevent unwanted pregnancy.”

 


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