Cuomo Proposes Strengthening Abortion Law

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo is working on a bill to strengthen abortion rights laws in New York. Critics said new numbers released about the number of abortions performed in New York state show about half of teen pregnancies end in abortion. They say the bill would just increase that number.

These numbers are coming from Guttmacher Institute, which actually works to promote Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights. It tracked abortions for several years and shows in New York. Fifty-nine percent of all teen pregnancies here in the state were terminated from a total of 25,000 pregnancies.

Governor Cuomo has not commented specifically on this report but did speak earlier this month about his proposal to strengthen New York's abortion law.

Critics of that proposal believe this is an attempt to open the door for more abortions in a state that already has extremely high rates.

While the numbers may seem high, the report did show that teen pregnancy itself has slightly decreased in the past two decades.