Governor Cuomo, who talked generally about his 10-point women’s agenda in January, continues to hide the details from the public. His proposal includes equal pay for women, tougher laws against trafficking, and bars discrimination against pregnant women. Buried within these proposals is Cuomo’s abortion expansion.
One veteran Democratic consultant, Hank Sheinkopf, was quoted by Newsday today as saying, “Why would you tell people what they don’t need to know?”
That is a rather tyrannical view. The politicians are now in charge of the people instead of the other way around. Sheinkopf added, “Sometimes it’s good to smoke out the opposition.” He should have said, he wants to smoke the opposition. It would have been more accurate. Cuomo is simply going to buy time to tamp down criticism and then put out the most extreme provisions possible.
Initially, Cuomo supported Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ Reproductive Health Act but, ever the hack, Cuomo has temporarily walked that support back. That Act tells us all we need to know about where Cuomo hopes to end up.
All abortions are de-criminalized under this measure and all abortions would come under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health. The language of the bill is broad and puts the legal protections on the side of all abortionists for all abortions. Some doctors say they need these protections to avoid being sued. What happened to Tort Reform?
The Reproductive Health Act seeks to have abortion declared a ‘fundamental right’ in New York State which would result in the following:
- It would prohibit even basic and widely supported protections, such as parental consent and limits on government funding of abortion
- The law would allow any “health care practitioner” to perform an abortion
- It enshrines late-term abortion in New York State law
- Jeopardizes any agency that does not refer for abortion and
- Seriously threatens conscience protections for hospitals and medical professionals
It is unnecessary to make abortion a right in the first place. NY already has the most flexible abortion laws in the nation and if Roe v Wade were overturned, which is highly unlikely, the NY law would be unconstitutional.
The Abortion Expansion of Cuomo’s proposed Women’s Equality Act was established “in relation to revising existing provisions of law regarding abortions.”
Cuomo is talking about abortions until the moment of birth. Tax dollars will pay for it under Obamacare. We already pay for abortions through Medicaid.
Dean Skelos, one of the last few Republicans still standing in New York, said that “extreme legislation suggested by some Senate Democrats to expand late-term abortion right up until the day of birth is completely wrong for New York State.”
Cuomo’s State of the State:
Cuomo wants loose language that will allow almost any health reason for late-term abortions. Every state where this language is used, late-term abortions are permitted for any reason.
We can expect to have people like this in NY:
Cuomo wants the Health Department to oversee this. We can expect that they will do as good a job as they did with Kermit Gosnell.
More than half the country believes late-term abortions are wrong, but their views are being drowned out by the minority opinion on this. Don’t let New York have another “first.” This”first” will infringe on the rights of unborn, fully-developed babies.