The Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus is increasing its efforts to end what it calls “archaic” laws that restrict reproductive freedoms and is pushing to update language in the state law to reflect modern views on providing abortions.

In a news release, the group, led by Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, says New York’s laws need to be updated in order to fit with modern times.

The group is trying to pass the Reproductive Health Act, which, among other things, guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion, even when her health is endangered and revises language to treat abortions as a “public health” issue, not a medical practice.

While New York once led the nation in breaking barriers on behalf of women’s reproductive rights, these same laws, which have not been updated in 40 years, are now antiquated and ill serving in modern times. After the nation followed New York in securing a women’s right to choose, and even provided greater protections for these rights, our State failed to match this new standard. Instead, New York settled into complacency and left our laws unchanged. Even now, under New York State law, there are inappropriate limitations placed on a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy in situations that put her health in jeopardy.

The law also has the backing of the New York Civil Liberties Union.