President Donald Trump mentioned his home state during the State of the Union address Tuesday, but it wasn't a positive message.
Trump criticized the state Legislature's passage of the Reproductive Health Act. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, removes abortion from the state's criminal code and provides exceptions for abortions after 24 weeks.
Under state law, abortions are permitted up to 24 weeks. After that, an abortion may be performed if the mother's life or health is at risk, or if the fetus is no longer viable.
Supporters of the new law said it would ensure women have access to abortion and reproductive health services regardless of what happens at the federal level.
But Trump described the measure as "chilling."
"Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth," he said.
However, Trump's statement ignores the facts of the law — that abortions would be performed only if a licensed medical practitioner determines the fetus is no longer viable or the mother's health or life is at risk.
In his address, Trump urged Congress to pass a "late-term abortion" ban. The House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats, won't take up such a bill. And it wouldn't pass the Senate because Republicans would need 60 votes to end debate. There are 53 GOP senators.
Trump's criticism received a cool reception from Democratic officials in New York. Cuomo, who advocated for the Reproductive Health Act, slammed the president for proposing to end protections provided by the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
"New York has a message to those who spread lies and fear to control women's reproductive health decisions: Not going to happen. Not now, not ever," Cuomo said.
A report released last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 65 percent of abortions were performed in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. One percent of abortions were performed after 21 weeks.