New York state’s new law allowing abortion virtually up to birth conflicts with the fact that modern technology allows physicians to do heart surgeries and other medical procedures on unborn babies as early as 22 weeks, contends a physician who has delivered nearly 4,000 babies.
“If they’re a patient they’re a person, and if they are a person they deserve our protection,” said Dr. William Lile, an obstetrician-gynecologist.
In a YouTube video responding to the law passed and signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he said “modern medical technology is already giving preborn babies blood transfusions, heart surgery and more,” LifeSite News reported.
The new law also removes abortions from the penal code, meaning the state no longer recognizes preborn babies older than 24 weeks as potential homicide victims.
Lile noted lawmakers celebrated the passage of the bill with clapping.
“Celebrating what? The governor just signed a law saying that we can take the lives of the babies in the womb up until their due date. That’s nothing to celebrate. … To take the lives of these babies in the womb breaks my heart. It is not good for us and is not good for America.”
Lile, who maintains the ProLifeDoc website, asserted abortion-on-demand has nothing to do with sound medical practice.
“I’ve been in private practice almost 20 years, and I’ve delivered almost 4,000 babies with two primary rules: We want to have a healthy mom and we want to have a healthy baby,” he said.
Lile’s argument against New York’s law recalls how technological advances changed the mind of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of the pro-abortion group NARAL. WND Managing Editor David Kupelian recently recounted his interview with Nathanson, whose conversion to the pro-life cause was influenced by emerging technologies in the 1970s, such as the ultrasound, that gave a “window to the womb.”
The Reproductive Health Act passed the state Senate 38-24 and the state Assembly 92-47. Cuomo, who ordered One World Trade Center to be lit in pink, called it a “historic victory for New Yorkers and our progressive values.”
The law declares: “Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion.”
The New York State Right to Life Committee, LifeSite News reported, warns that declaring abortion a “fundamental right” opens the door to invalidating “any limits on abortion.”
It will have the effect of “authorizing infanticide” by repealing the requirement that a second physician be on hand for abortions after 20 weeks in case a live infant is delivered.
Lile predicted New York state “will suffer consequences for this kind of horrible behavior.”
He contrasted it with Florida lawmakers’ introduction of legislation to protect preborn babies as soon as their heartbeats can be detected.
“That is good; protecting the lives of the babies on the inside is a good thing, it is a virtuous thing,” he said.
“If America wants to stay great, America must continue to be that shining light on the hill and do good.”