Pro-Abortion New York Attorney General Resigns After Reports He Physically Abused Women

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 8, 2018   |   11:35AM   |   Albany, New York

Another big supporter of the abortion industry resigned this week amid allegations that he physically abused four women.

Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general for the state of New York, repeatedly touted himself as a women’s rights advocate and defended the legalized killing of unborn babies. Most recently, he was trying to block pro-life sidewalk counselors from reaching women outside New York City abortion facilities.

On Monday, however, Schneiderman resigned after an article in The New Yorker accused the “women’s rights advocate” of abusing four women, according to the New York Times.

Schneiderman is one in a growing line of powerful pro-abortion figures who allegedly abused multiple women. Others include former U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who was heavily backed by Planned Parenthood, and film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Two of Schneiderman’s alleged victims are Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam. They told the magazine that Schneiderman choked them and hit them repeatedly while they were in romantic relationships with him, and later threatened to tap their phones or even kill them. They both said they had to seek medical treatment as a result of the alleged abuses.

Manning Barish accused Schneiderman of the worst kind of hypocrisy, telling The New Yorker, “you can’t be a champion of women when you are hitting them and choking them in bed and saying to them, ‘You’re a f—— whore.’”

Selvaratnam added: “This is a man who has staked his entire career, his personal narrative, on being a champion for women publicly. But he abuses them privately. He needs to be called out.”

Schneiderman maintains that he is innocent. He said he privately “engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity” with the women, but he never assaulted or threatened them.

“While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time,” Schneiderman said in a statement Monday. “I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

Schneiderman has received strong praise, support and endorsements from abortion activists, including Planned Parenthood.

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Ironically, just a few weeks ago, the pro-abortion National Institute for Reproductive Health honored Schneiderman with its “Champion for Choice” award.

“The federal government has been taken over by anti-choice and anti-women extremists,” he said when he accepted the award. “We need to reimagine the pro-choice movement and build a stronger, louder movement for women’s freedom and equality than we’ve ever seen. Movement politics is not the politics of accommodation, it is the politics of perseverance.”

In 2017, Schneiderman filed a lawsuit to block pro-life advocates from sidewalk counseling outside abortion facilities in the state. He accused pro-lifers of harassing women, but lawyers representing the pro-life sidewalk counselors said the state’s claims are “meritless.”

In January, a federal judge also criticized Schneiderman’s lawsuit, saying she could “sue all of you here today” if authorities could bring harassment charges against people for simply being annoying.

He filed a second lawsuit in 2017 against a pro-life pregnancy resource center, claiming they are practicing medicine without a license because they offer ultrasounds.

Liberty Counsel, a pro-life legal group, previously said it is clear that Schneiderman has an agenda. During a press conference in June 2017, the pro-abortion attorney general claimed pro-life Christians “run their mouths” with “unlawful, un-American rhetoric,” the group said in a news release.