Abortion Proposal Causes Concern

February 18, 2013 Updated Feb 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos
By WKBW News

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February 18, 2013 Updated Feb 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - A plan is in the works that some say will increase the number of abortions in New York State. The proposal not only ensures late term abortions for some women but also gives all women more access to abortion providers. Conservatives are outraged, saying if the law is passed, it would increase New York's already high abortion rate.

The current federal law already allows for abortions after 24 weeks if woman's life is at risk but several states have banned it. Governor Cuomo wants to strengthen New York's law to make sure it is still allowed here, even if the federal law is overturned.

Also controversial is Cuomo's proposal to allow licensed heath care practitioners to perform abortions. Currently, only doctors are allowed to do so.

The details of the bill have already prompted a response from the Catholic Church. Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan responded.

"I am hard pressed to think of a piece of legislation that is less needed or more harmful than this one," Dolan said.

The State Assembly is expected to pass this bill but it might not get to far in the Republican controlled Senate. Senate Leader Dean Skelos claims it will allow abortions up until the day the child would be born. This is a measure he said goes way too far.