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FORMER GOVERNOR GEORGE PATAKI:
ABORTION EXPANSION PLAN ‘SHOULD BE REJECTED’
Chiaroscuro Foundation Praises Pataki for Speaking Out on Behalf of Overwhelming Majority of New Yorkers
New York–Feb. 22…Former New York Governor George E. Pataki was praised today by the Chiaroscuro Foundation for speaking out clearly this week against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to expand abortions in New York State.
In an interview Wednesday with Newsmax, Governor Pataki said: “I don’t think it should be controversial. It should just be rejected. This is partial birth abortion . . . It is the wrong thing to do and I hope that the legislature in its wisdom takes a hard look at this and decides that New York should not.”
“An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers agree with Governor Pataki that increasing the number of abortions in New York — especially third-term abortions — is not what we want to do,” said Greg Pfundstein, President of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, an organization seeking to reduce the number of abortions in New York State and to educate pregnant women about alternatives to abortion. “We released a comprehensive survey last week on the opinions of New Yorkers on the issues surrounding abortion and it was clear that both pro-life and pro-choice men and women oppose late-term abortions. Governor Pataki is correct; this should not be controversial: The abortion expansion plan in Albany should itself be terminated.”
The Chiaroscuro survey is available at http://www.nyc41percent.com.
◦A substantial majority of New Yorkers believe (78.8%), when they are informed of the number of abortions in New York, that there is already sufficient access to abortion in New York State.
◦75% oppose changing the law so that someone other than a doctor can perform surgical abortions;
◦89% oppose abortions for reducing twins or triplets to a single child, and
◦92% oppose late-term abortions for sex selection.
New Yorkers favor of restrictions on abortion:
◦* 87% favor providing pregnant mothers information about options before they make a decision;
◦* 78% approve of a 24 hour waiting period;
◦* 76% approve parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion;
◦* 68% approve of providing free medical care to mothers carrying their pregnancy to term, and
◦* 86% favor regulating abortion clinics as strictly as other medical facilities.
Pro-Choice New Yorkers agree:
◦74% of pro-choice New Yorkers and 77% of New
York women overall favoring a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion procedure can be carried out;
◦More than seven in 10 (71%) pro-choice New Yorkers — and 75% of women — favor parental notification before a minor (under 18) can have an abortion, and
70% of pro-choice New Yorkers do not support unrestricted late-term abortion;
◦On the issue of allowing non-doctors to perform surgical abortions in New York — which the Reproductive Health Act bill would permit for the first time — 79% of women disagree. Seventy four percent (74%) of “strongly pro-choice” voters think this policy is wrong.