New York: TV Campaign Takes on Andrew Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill

State   |   new Yorkers for Life, Steven Ertelt   |   May 20, 2013   |   1:48PM   |   Albany, NY

New Yorkers for Life, the statewide coalition formed in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s late-term abortion expansion agenda, has launched an up to $250,000 campaign to counter the Governor’s abortion proposal.

This morning, New Yorkers for Life released the cornerstone of this campaign:  a thirty-second video ad entitled “Job Expansion.” The campaign also features a fifteen-second version of the ad designed for online pre-roll media buys, along with consistently-branded web banner advertising, accompanying television and radio buys, billboards, and related projects.

The meaure would take virtually every pro-life law off the books and promote late-term abortions.


Though the “Job Expansion” campaign is a statewide effort, the intensity of the campaign will be felt most strongly in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, the Capital Region, and Long Island.

Kirsten Smith, spokeswoman for New Yorkers for Life, made the following comments:

“In his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Andrew Cuomo promised to make the State of New York the ‘job capital of the nation.’  Now that he is in office, however, Governor Cuomo’s priorities have changed; the Governor is instead determined to cement New York’s status as the abortion capital of the nation. The Governor’s recently-published to-do list for New York lawmakers offers no real plans for job expansion, but places his late-term abortion expansion agenda front and center. The fact is that more than 100,000 abortions are performed each year in New York, 40% of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion, and 79% of New York voters (four out of five) believe that there is already sufficient access to abortion in the Empire State. Given all this, New York voters—like the married couple depicted in our video advertisement—are asking themselves why our Governor is so relentlessly focused on expanding access to abortion.”

Smith continued, “New Yorkers for Life was formed to prevent Governor Cuomo’s late-term abortion expansion nightmare from becoming a reality. The message of the ‘Job Expansion’ campaign is simple:  New York State needs to grow industry—but not the abortion industry. New Yorkers for Life calls upon Governor Cuomo to abandon his efforts to make New York friendlier to late-term abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, and start making our state friendlier to small business. New York needs job expansion, not abortion expansion.”

New York state Senate Republicans are slamming the proposal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing in the New York state legislature that pro-life advocates say would promote late-term abortions.

The bill, pro-life advocates say, would elevate abortion to a fundamental right and have New York on record saying the state can’t discriminate on abortion in benefits or services or anything else it provides.

“Cuomo’s legislation, she said, would make illegal abortion restrictions, such as parental-notification laws, informed-consent laws, restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion bans of any kind,” said Kathleen Gallagher, the New York’s Catholic Conference director of pro-life activities.

According to a new report, New York’s Senate Republicans, who may have the votes to stop the measure from progressing, are slamming the governor. Even lawmakers who support abortion think it goes too far.

The New York Right to Life Committee provided LifeNews with more details on what Cuomo is pushing in the legislature.

The radical abortion bill, the “Reproductive Health Act” would make changes to current NYS law that represent the opinion of only a tiny subset of New Yorkers who hold extremist pro-abortion views. By writing “fundamental reproductive rights” into NYS state law, the bill would provide full legal cover to the tragic and well-entrenched practice of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy.

This bill is the product of the extremist pro-abortion lobby that takes exception to reasonable, common sense laws, such as parental consent and limits on government payment for abortions. The advocates of this bill are the same who oppose the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban that the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional in 2007.

S.438 is meant to ensure that the radical abortion industry in New York can continue to thrive without reservation, or common-sense protections for anyone other than abortionists, to address its out of control practice in New York State.

The Reproductive Health Act would, among other things:

  • Allow non-physicians to perform abortions;
  • Remove criminal penalties even from unlawful abortions;
  • Prevent an unborn child who is the intended victim of a crime from being recognized as a victim;
  • Prevent any limitation on use of taxpayer funds to curtail New York’s Medicaid policy of paying for abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy;
  • Deceitfully redefine pregnancy as beginning at implantation – not fertilization;
  • Falsely redefine fetal (child) viability and unleash new assaults on the consciences of those who oppose participating in abortion – health care