Physicians say Governor's proposed abortion bill will hurt women

Governor Andrew Cuomo

A coalition of physicians says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed abortion rights bill will hurt women, forcing many into lifetime bouts with depression and guilt while making late-term abortions more common and more dangerous.

The physicians of several faiths who deliver babies and work with women after their abortions say their opposition to the Women's Reproductive Health Act is based on their years of medical experience, not on their religious beliefs.

They say they know of no case in which a late-term abortion was needed to protect the health of a woman.

A Cuomo spokesman says the proposal would simply codify the federal law, not expand late-term abortions. But the governor still hasn't released the specifics of his bill that he promised in his State of the State speech on Jan. 9.