New York Pro-Lifers to Flood Capitol Next Week Against Cuomo Abortion Bill

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 7, 2013   |   9:58AM   |   Albany, NY

Pro-life advocates in new York State plan to flood the state capitol next week for a lobbying day to ask state legislators to oppose the legislation Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing that would promote unlimited abortions.

“New Yorkers for Life is planning a day of Albany advocacy.  We’re encouraging broad participation from every corner of the state; the day is intended to be a visible sign of the commitment of pro-life New Yorkers. We hope to fill the Senate hallways and galleries with a clear message: Stop the Abortion Expansion Act,” the group tells LifeNews.

“The main objective of the day is to provide a peaceful, pro-life presence in the State Capitol,” the group adds.

More on the event:

Participants should be flexible. We will be organizing at 1:00 PM in Meeting Room 6 (off the Empire State Plaza Concourse). Our team will be offering an update on the current status of Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Act and giving instructions for the afternoon.

If some of the more experienced people know where their way around the Capitol, they are certainly free to go meet with their legislators, but we are not encouraging that. We have alternative plans for the day that will be discussed at the 1:00 PM briefing.

Participants (including those transported by buses) should plan on remaining in the Capitol until 5:00 PM.

Buses should plan on dropping passengers off at the Madison Avenue entrance (near the State Museum). Participants should enter the underground Empire State Plaza and walk straight ahead toward the Capitol. Just past the Convention Center sign on the right, you will see a sign for Meeting Room 6. This is where we will be organizing at 1:00 PM.

The state’s Catholic bishops say they will also be pushing hard to defeat the legislation.

In 2009, 119,996 of New York’s children lost their lives to induced abortion. Approximately 40% of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. Among African Americans in New York City, that number climbs to 60%. In short, New York does not need more abortion. If anything, we need to address the underlying issues that make women feel like they have no other choice than to end the life of their children.”

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.

The bill is expected to easily pass the State Assembly but to have a harder time in the Senate, where Republicans have already pledged to block it.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s abortion legislation is getting the third degree from pro-life groups, upset because it is so extreme it would allow abortions on viable unborn babies.

“The governor’s Women’s Equality Act is nothing more than a Trojan Horse— a beautifully gift-wrapped package of death and destruction,” says Lori Kehoe of the New York State Right to Life Committee.

“The Governor’s newly released abortion agenda involves enshrining a barbaric federal law from the last century,” she continued. “Under Roe v. Wade, abortionists like Kermit Gosnell can kill babies with a heartbeat, babies capable of feeling pain, babies who are full term and waiting to be born. Instead of protecting these children, the governor is dragging New York in the wrong direction. Current law states that only a duly licensed physician may perform an abortion. This bill repeals that section and allows anyone to perform an abortion.”

Kehoe tells LifeNews the bill offers no guidance on how viability is determined.

“Supreme Court precedent holds that determining the viability of babies is left entirely to the abortionist’s discretion. Allowing abortionists to determine the viability of babies is a major conflict of interest that should be remedied— not enshrined in New York State law,” she said.

Roe allows for abortion until the moment of birth. Currently, babies in the womb are protected in New York State law after 24 weeks except to save the mother’s life. But Cuomo’s bill would repeal that law and insert a “health” exception, broadly interpreted by the courts to include age, economic, social and emotional factors.

Kehoe says “trimester abortion will become commonplace in New York State” — “This will expand abortion and increase the already staggering death toll.”

“If a mother needs to end her pregnancy in the third trimester, it can be safely ended with a C-section. A C-section takes minutes and results in a newborn baby. No one has to die. A third trimester abortion takes days endangering a mother’s life and results in a dead baby,” Kehoe added.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, New York already has the highest level of induced abortion in the nation.

Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest says the measure would protect grisly late-term abortion practitioners like Kermit Gosnell. She said that, despite the fact that New York has the highest percentage of pregnancies ending in abortion of any state in the nation, Cuomo has launched an effort that will further increase the incidence of abortion in the state.

“As the inhuman details of Kermit Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors’ trial continue to resonate, it is irresponsible for Governor Cuomo to advance a ‘Back-Alley Abortionist Empowerment Act’ seeking to remove all medically and legally appropriate protections for women and girls considering abortion,” Yoest said. “Why should women die through the misdeeds of New York abortionists unregulated, unmonitored and free to provide horrific care?

According to the most recent data from the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion-industry think tank, 33 percent of New York pregnancies ended in abortion in 2008. More pregnancies ended in abortion in New York than in any of the other 50 states.

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