A city in New York is taking a stand against a radical new pro-abortion law that allows unborn babies to be aborted up to birth.
The Batavia City Council decided to take action Monday after local resident Chris Connelly urged them to stand up against the pro-abortion law, The Batavian reports. Batavia is a small city located between Rochester and Buffalo.
“Abortion is murder and it has become America’s holocaust … 60 million children,” Connelly told the council.
A disabled Marine veteran, he said the city should become a “sanctuary for the unborn” much as other cities have declared themselves to be sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.
“I’m not here as a Democrat or Republican, but as a man made in the image of God,” Connelly said.
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Council member Rose Mary Christian applauded Connelly’s stance and urged the board to do something.
“Is there anything we can do to stop this atrocious thing in our city?” she asked, after bringing up the idea of a sanctuary city. “It’s the same thing (as fighting against illegal immigration) I’d like to have done for the right to life of our babies.”
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After a brief discussion, Council President Eugene Jankowski, with consensus from his colleagues, directed City Manager Martin Moore to draft a letter stating their opposition to this law and for it to be placed on next month’s agenda.
Christian then made her feelings perfectly clear.
“He’s (Cuomo) a murderer period,” she said. “I don’t care how you slice it or dice it. He’s a murderer … period.”
The New York law allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason before viability and up to birth for “health” reasons, a broad category that includes basically anything. It redefines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” and describes abortion as a “fundamental right.” The law also removes state protections for infants born alive in botched abortions.
It poses serious dangers to women’s lives and rights as well. By removing protections from illegal abortions, the law will open the door for abuses. Back alley abortionists, abusive partners or parents and others no longer will face charges for illegally killing an unborn baby – even if the mother wants her child.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other New York politicians have been facing a sharp public backlash since they passed the pro-abortion law last week. Many have called for the so-called Catholic governor to be excommunicated.
Condemnation has come from religious leaders of other faiths as well. Earlier this week, a coalition of Jewish leaders warned that euthanasia may be next.
“Under the guise of progressivism, New York is taking us back to a primitive age when infanticide was also accepted — and the fact that these ‘progressives’ want to take up euthanasia next should surprise no one,” said Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, a leader of the Coalition for Jewish Values.
Polls indicate the new law is radically out of touch with most Americans’ views on abortion.