Skip to comments.Andrew Cuomo abortion bill outrageous, says … Democrats for Life
Posted on 01/21/2013 6:49:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Are there such people as pro-life Democrats? We had a few in Congress a few years back, as I recall, but then they voted for the ObamaCare bill without language that permanently protected taxpayers from funding abortions. Nevertheless, there still seem to be a significant number of Democratic voters who remain pro-life, even if there doesn’t seem to be many Democratic politicians. One group in New York, Democrats for Life of America, is outraged over a new abortion-expansion proposal from Governor Andrew Cuomo in what is already arguably the abortion capital of the nation, which would eliminate parental notification requirements and allow non-doctors to perform abortions:
By promoting one of the most expansive abortion bills in American history, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has opened a civil war on two fronts: with his church and with elements of his own party.
Cuomo is pushing for a massive expansion of access to abortion in the state, including lifting restrictions on third-trimester abortions, allowing non-doctors to perform the procedure, and enshrining a fundamental right to terminate a pregnancy in New York state law.
Democrats for Life of America deemed the proposed bill the most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation.
The Democratic governor introduced the bill to cheers during his January 9 State of the State address, shrouding it in the name of womens equality.
The abortion language would allow late-term abortions, allow non-doctors to perform abortions, and supersede any reasonable restrictions such as parental notification, the group stated.
It is out of touch with the views of most Americans, out of touch with the views of most Democrats, and could hamper real reform for women’s rights, the Democratic group concluded.
Democrats for Life offer a few points for Cuomo to consider when making such proposals:
First, there are 21 million Democrats who self-identify as pro-life and otherwise much diversity within our Party on this issue of abortion.
That diversity of opinion is as follows:
- 61% of Democrats support parental consent for minors seeking abortion (Gallup, 2011);
- 60% of Democrats support a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion (Gallup, 2011);
- 84% of Democrats support informed consent (Gallup, 2011);
- 49% of Democrats support an ultrasound requirement (Gallup, 2011);
- 59% of Democrats support a ban on partial-birth abortions (Gallup, 2011).
We didn’t hear much from this majority during the “Julia” debate, though. Instead, we are hearing from the traditional opponents of abortion — the Catholic Church, and Republicans. My good friend Deacon Greg Kandra delivered a powerful homily yesterday on the subject of the proposed law, reminding his congregation of some very uncomfortable facts about abortion in America and in New York specifically:
1.2 million abortions a year roughly double the number of 40 years ago.
The total number of abortions since 1973: 54, 559,000and climbing.
In New York City today, 40% of all pregnancies, nearly half, end in abortion.
Among minorities, its as high as 60%.
In some neighborhoods, its 67%.
And thats just the beginning. To some, it seems, thats not enough.
In Albany two weeks ago, the governor of this state proposed an abortion bill that threatens to make New York the bloodiest state in the union.
It would permit unlimited late term abortion on demand right up to the ninth month.
It would allow people who are not doctors to perform abortions.
It would declare that the state shall not discriminate against the right to abortion, a declaration that could threaten the very existence of Catholic hospitals. Long Island alone is home to six hospitals that could be crippled by having Medicare funds withheld if they refuse to comply.
If enacted into law, this bill would declare that abortion is a fundamental right that cannot be denied. No parental notification for minors, no limits on taxpayer funding of abortion, no limits on late-term abortions.
The bishops of New York warn of the danger to religious liberty inherent in this proposal to make abortion a “fundamental right,” and blast Cuomo for his attempt to link the bill to efforts against human trafficking:
Governor Andrew Cuomos re-packaging of an extreme abortion bill into a so-called womens agenda is a desperate attempt to push through an abortion expansion thats been around for six years and has failed to gain traction as a stand-alone bill. Make no mistake, this bill, first championed by Eliot Spitzer, is radical and far out of the mainstream, even by the standards of New York, a state with an abortion rate twice the national average. It will permit more late-term abortions, allow non-doctors to perform abortions, and will preclude any reasonable restrictions on abortion like parental notification. Moreover it would permit the state to pull the operating certificate of Catholic hospitals and agencies that discriminate by not performing or referring women for abortions.
The extreme nature of the bill has seriously limited its support in the Legislature. So now the governor is attempting to tie it to important initiatives such as helping victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and ending pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. He believes the all-in strategy will make it harder to oppose. The public and lawmakers should not be fooled. We must not let victims of abuse and discrimination be held hostage to Governor Cuomos ideologically driven political agenda, an agenda that is extremely harmful to mothers, infants and religious liberty.
Looks like Cuomo has adopted Barack Obama’s cramped reading of the First Amendment to imply that it only applied to the four walls of a church.
This comes at an interesting moment. The Catholic Church started a nine-day campaign of prayer in connection to the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade to end abortion and to provide comfort to those victimized by it. The bishops are already organized for this fight. Meanwhile, one Catholic blogger over the weekend shared a very painful part of her life to express appreciation for the effort:
What happened next was sheer panic. I never wanted to have an abortion, I was just stupid and believed there was no other choice. No other way. And it was just a clot. A big menstrual clot. Thats what they told me. Yet that glass container told me otherwise. And I suddenly felt every urge to run from the room screaming, but I was frozen in place. When a staff member came back into the room she found me still standing there clutching that sheet and staring at the vacuum.
Something inside me clicked off and I mentally shut down. I allowed her to guide me to the table and the procedure was started. When the abortionist [I will never call them doctors] came into the room he didnt even acknowledge me but when he wheeled that vacuum over toward the table and switched it on I sat upright and tried to jump off the table. No hell no, I thought. But it was too late.
And this is what I remembered this morning. My first waking thought that greeted me at dawn. The memory of the nurse growing impatient with me and the abortionists barking at me to lay still. And then my ears where filled with the wet suctioning sound of that hideous vacuum aspiration machine.
I had completely forgotten, until this morning, that when it was all over I made myself look at that thing again. As the staff member held my arm and steadied me out of the room I reached over and yanked the sheet off again. I made myself look at that blood filled glass canister. Somewhere in their was my child and he/she deserved to have me be haunted with the memory of what I had done and where I had left him/her. I remembered thinking to myself, Dont you ever forget what youve done. You dont deserve to forget.
But I did forget. Not right away. I was suicidal for months after, drinking and consuming every pill I could find. I took the entire contents of mine and my roommates medicine cabinet one night. All I did was sleep for two days straight and no one checked on me. I think it was during that time that I eventually managed to bury those memories.
For whatever reason they chose today to pop back up. But instead of feeling hopelessly lost in that old dark abyss something different overcame me. Not a peace. No. I dont think that I will ever know true peace. It was a comforting feeling. Like a hundred people praying for me right at that exact moment. Then I checked my email and I realized that they were. Today marks the beginning of the 9 Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage sponsored by USCCB.
Be sure to read it all, and if you’re so inclined, join us. Heck, a bunch of us may even be Democrats, but we all want to change hearts to end abortion — and stop a culture of death from turning it into a secular sacrament.
This week is the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in America. Since the decision, over 56 million innocent children have been aborted, an average of 3,835 lives per day. Thats worth repeating: Every day around 3,835 innocent lives are taken by abortion, higher than any other cause, and yet this sad fact is known by so few of the public or rarely reported by the media.
In contrast, consider the public attention brought to Adam Lanzas shooting spree in Newtown, Connecticut just over a month ago that took the lives of 26 people, including 20 second-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary who left this earth way too early. The tragedy rightfully dominated public consciousness and the news for a week, and the aftermath is still being covered, as it should, as we attempt to discern how to reduce the incident of such attacks.
But should the tragedy of abortion be covered less than the tragedy of Newtown?
In terms of lives lost, the daily number of abortions equates to having almost 150 Newtowns every single day for an entire year for 40 straight years.
And yet there is no daily coverage of this fact. Why does Newtown shock us but not abortion?
Are the innocent lives taken by abortion not as equal, not as valuable to us?
Many would consider abortion an even greater tragedy as the child is not given a chance to live for even one moment on this Earth.
When over 100,000 Americans join the March for Life later this week in Washington, DC, as they do each year, why is it likely to receive so little public attention as it always does? This is despite it being the largest public rally in America almost every single year.
Would not the media intensely cover a 100,000 person march for gun control or mental health legislation that was inspired by Newtown? Of course they would.
Now to be fair, public consciousness has not been entirely absent on matters related to pregnancy. It did recently focus on the announcement by Prince William and Princess Kate that they are having a baby.
Note that all of the media coverage and public discussion of the announcement said that it is a baby, recognition that it is a human life, not merely a glob of tissue. They called it the Royal Baby, not the Royal Glob of Tissue.
If everyone recognizes that it is a baby in Princess Kates womb, is it not a baby for all pregnant women? For her being a royal does not change this matter of simple logic.
And if it is a baby, a human life, for all pregnant women, is not the destruction of human life in the womb of all women murder?
It must be.
So we have 3,835 murders via abortion per day on average since 1973, the equivalent of almost 150 Newtowns every single day, and yet we apparently have had more important things to talk about, to care about, like Royal Weddings and the fiscal cliff, all the while this genocide continues before our very eyes.
Will we be part of an indifferent generation?
If you believe in an afterlife and make it there, when you meet the 56 million children who have been aborted in the United States since Roe vs. Wade, what will you say to them when you meet each and every one of them eye-to-eye? Will you tell them you had more important things to be concerned about than their lives?
“Are there such people as pro-life Democrats?”
Sounds like an intrinsic contradiction, but more likely it’s a front group of useful idiots. Was there ever a group of pro-Jewish National Socialists?
This guy is as nuts as Obama and the Dem loyalists follow!!
Cuomo’s ideas prove that his soul and spirit are demon pocessed or controlled by the devil.
Cuomo’s ideas prove that his soul and spirit are demon pocessed or controlled by the devil.
the democrats own the culture of death ...pray for their conversion ...”God the giver of life”
Would a warning about the wrath of God do any good?
RE: Would a warning about the wrath of God do any good?
Only if they believe. These guys are atheists masquerading as Catholics.