Lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly this week reintroduced the Reproductive Health Act, an abortion-rights strengthening measure that is on the cusp of passage as Democrats will hold both chambers of the Legislature this session.

The measure, sponsored by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and Sen. Liz Krueger, is expected to be voted on in the coming weeks, with the potential for the vote to be held by Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

The bill would change abortion’s current status as an exception to homicide, and regulate it under the public health law instead of the penal code. It would also allow abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy under certain circumstances.

“The vast majority of New Yorkers agree that the complex and deeply personal decision of whether to have an abortion should be made by a woman and her health care provider – not the government,” Krueger said in a statement.

“For too long, women in our state have had their health and safety compromised by our outdated abortion laws. With reproductive rights and access under attack from Washington in a way we haven’t seen in decades, now is the time to pass the Reproductive Health Act and reclaim New York’s place as a leader on women’s reproductive freedom. I look forward to casting my vote and sending this vital and historic legislation to the Governor’s desk as soon as possible.”

It has failed to gain a vote under Republican control, but will likely head to the floor in the coming weeks as Democrats now control the chamber, with the first woman majority leader.

“New York women deserve to have their own healthcare decisions respected,” Glick said. “Abortion is a medical procedure, not a crime. The days of demonizing women’s reproductive healthcare must come to an end. When abortion is illegal women die, and pregnancy is not a risk free condition. Women, in consultation with healthcare professionals, and not legislators, should make decisions that affect their own health free of interference. After years of fighting for the passage of this essential protection for women, our moment has finally arrived.”

Opponents of the bill, like the Catholic Conference’s Kathleen Gallagher, expect it to pass. But they are still launching an effort to rally opposition.

“We know that it’s highly likely this bill would pass. So we’re educating people and we’re urging people to protest by sending messages to their lawmakers and calling their lawmakers. We’re putting out bulletin inserts in all of our parishes throughout the state,” said Kathleen Gallagher, director of Pro-Life Activities at the Catholic Conference.