N.Y. Governor Cuomo Pushing for Radical Expansion of Abortion

By:  Dave Bohon
01/28/2013
       
N.Y. Governor Cuomo Pushing for Radical Expansion of Abortion

In his January 9 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a 10-point plan for so-called “women's equality,” a front-and-center element of which is an abortion expansion scheme that champions of the unborn warn will open the door to late-term abortion on demand.

In his January 9 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a 10-point plan for so-called “women's equality,” a front-and-center element of which is an abortion expansion scheme that champions of the unborn warn will open the door to late-term abortion on demand.

While Cuomo declined to offer specifics of the proposal, “he is expected to push for provisions similar to those in a bill introduced by Democratic state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins,” reported Fox News. “That bill contains language that would allow abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy if it is 'necessary to protect a woman's health” — a stipulation that critics explain is far different than protecting a woman's life and could be interpreted to allow the abortion of a viable baby late into a pregnancy.

Stewart-Cousins is pressuring her fellow state lawmakers to move quickly on the “crucial legislation,” emphasizing that it would “ensure that regardless of what takes place on the national level, a woman's right to choose will always be protected in New York State.”

The proposal prompted a letter to Cuomo from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who called the legislation “radical” and told the governor that he was “hard pressed to think of a piece of legislation that is less needed or more harmful than this one.”

Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference, said that Cuomo's abortion push entrenched in his so-called “women's agenda” is little more than a warmed over six-year-old proposal first fronted by disgraced former Governor Eliot Spitzer. She said the proposal, that has been repeatedly rejected as a stand alone bill, “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.”

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Photo of Gov. Andrew Cuomo: AP Images

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