New York City, N.Y., Feb 20, 2019 / 04:21 am
After a January law expanded abortion protections in New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City has reaffirmed the Church's promise to support any pregnant woman, regardless of her circumstances.
"We are enthusiastically committed – and have been for half a century – to providing women with a warm, embracing, life-giving alternative [to abortion]," the cardinal said.
Dolan spoke at a convent of the Sisters of Life in New York City on Feb. 18. Mother Mary Agnes Donovan, the order's foundress, hosted the press conference, which reiterated Church's dedication to pregnant women.
Dolan's announcement followed the signing of a New York's Reproductive Health Act, which took place on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
The law limits abortions to the first 24 weeks of pregnancy but allows for abortions to be conducted later in gestation if the wellbeing of the mother is at risk. Some experts say that loophole will allow for practically unrestricted late-term abortion in the state.