New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer Resigns But David Paterson Backs Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 12, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer Resigns But David Paterson Backs Abortion Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 12
, 2008

Albany, NY ( — New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned his post on Tuesday after a national scandal involving his participating for six year sin a prostitution ring. However, when it comes to pro-life issues, Spitzer will be replaced on Monday by Lt. Governor David Paterson, who strongly supports abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

Spitzer’s first action as Attorney General was to try to close down crisis pregnancy centers in the state by claiming they misled women when giving them tangible abortion alternatives.

He later proposed an abortion bill so radical it would overturn every pro-life limit on the books, make legalized abortion the law of the state and force Catholic hospitals to do abortions.

Ironically, while Spitzer had to cancel a speech before the Family Planning Advocates of New York State on Monday to address the scandal, Paterson made the trip for him.

In a letter to the group at its conference lat year, Paterson said he had "attended many FPA conferences in the past" and "know the importance of this event for" promoting abortion in New York.

He applauded the group’s efforts "to keep abortion safe and legal" saying it "benefited women and families throughout the state" and the pro-abortion group’s "leadership on these issues has made New York a model for other states."

In 2004, the organization presented Paterson the "Margaret Sanger Award" — named after the woman who founded Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. He also received an award from Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.

Paterson was also instrumental in passage of a bill that forces taxpayers in new York to fund embryonic stem cell research.

The 2.1 billion includes significant funding for research that involves the destruction of human life.

Richard Barnes, the director of the New York Catholic Conference, said the Paterson proposal "is devoid of any moral consideration whatsoever for the living human embryos who will be subject to experimentation and destruction."

During a speech on stem cells at Columbia University, when he was a state senator, Paterson said he supported a ban on reproductive human cloning but would not support prohibiting human cloning for research purposes.

He called human cloning "an important tool in stem cell research and we will preserve it against the Bush administration’s attempts to criminalize."