Local diaper drive started in response to New York abortion law

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. (KXII) -- The New York governor signed a bill into law last week that extends the length of time during a pregnancy that a woman can get an abortion.

It's causing controversy and heated debate across the nation, and one Texoma business is taking a stand publicly.

Braddock Chiropractic in Van Alstyne posted a video to their Facebook page taking a pro-life stance. The video now has around 53,000 views, has reached around 19,000 people, engaged 19,000 people and has 954 shares.

But they said they're also taking action, holding a diaper drive for a local non-profit that helps women facing unplanned pregnancies.

"We think that every single life is precious and it's on purpose, even if we don't understand it, it's there for a purpose," said owner Caleb Braddock.

He and his team took to social media Thursday in response to New York's Reproductive Health Act, signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday.

"And we'll be able to say we protected women's rights in a way no one else has before," Cuomo said.

The law decriminalizes late term abortion covering it under the state's health codes, allowing for abortions after 24 weeks if necessary the woman's life or health, or if the fetus won't survive outside the womb.

It also allows health professionals other than doctors to perform an abortion.

"This is to protect their life and their health that they are in the best decision to make those decisions, not politicians," said Glenn Melancon, chair for the Grayson County Democratic Party.

Melancon said they believe personal issues need to be decided by the individual.

Texas state law bans abortions after 20 weeks, unless it's needed to prevent death or risk of seriously impairing the mother's health, or if the fetus has a severe abnormality.

For Oklahoma, abortion is only legal after 24 weeks if necessary to save the mother's life or health.

In both states, only licensed medical doctors can practice abortions., something the New York law does not require.

Braddock said this is not okay.

"That was one of those things that not just me, but my entire staff, entire team were just kind of really heartbroken over," Braddock said.

So he and his staff said they're taking a stand for life by collecting diapers to give to the True Options Pregnancy Center in Sherman.

"We think that Christ died and lived for life, and so the more that we can support that the better," Braddock said.

No information on how many Grayson County residents had abortions last year is available. But around 1,600 babies were born in Grayson County in 2018.

Braddock Chiropractic is taking diaper donations at their office until February 15.