Senator Cathy Young Holding Presser To Object To Changing State Penal Law On Punching Pregnant Women

January 22, 2019

ALBANY, NY – State Senator Cathy Young is voicing her objections today to a part of the state’s abortion bills, that is expected to be passed tonight.

Statement From Senator Young:

Albany, NY — State Senator Cathy Young (R,C,I – 57th District) and members of the Republican Conference will be joined by Livia Abreu, an army veteran from the Bronx who lost her baby in a vicious domestic violence attack this past May, to introduce a new piece of legislation to protect pregnant victims of domestic violence.

The new piece of legislation will be unveiled on Tuesday, January, 22 at 12:45 p.m. in front of the New York State Senate Chamber, outside the Legislative Correspondents’ Association hallway. The Reproductive Health Act, which is set to be taken up on Tuesday afternoon, strikes criminal penalties applied to perpetrators of domestic violence against pregnant women.

The part of the law, that Young is against, can be read below:

3 A. 21

1 § 5. Sections 125.40, 125.45, 125.50, 125.55 and 125.60 of the penal
2 law are REPEALED, and the article heading of article 125 of the penal
3 law is amended to read as follows:
5 § 6. Section 125.00 of the penal law is amended to read as follows:
6 § 125.00 Homicide defined.
7 Homicide means conduct which causes the death of a person [or an
8 unborn child with which a female has been pregnant for more than twen-
9 ty-four weeks] under circumstances constituting murder, manslaughter in
10 the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, or criminally
11 negligent homicide[, abortion in the first degree or self-abortion in
12 the first degree].
13 § 7. The section heading, opening paragraph and subdivision 1 of
14 section 125.05 of the penal law are amended to read as follows:
15 Homicide[, abortion] and related offenses; [definitions of terms]
16 definition.
17 The following [definitions are] definition is applicable to this arti-
18 cle:
19 [1.] “Person,” when referring to the victim of a homicide, means a
20 human being who has been born and is alive.
21 § 7-a. Subdivisions 2 and 3 of section 125.05 of the penal law are