Evangelical leader Franklin Graham joined in this week with the calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be excommunicated.
The governor, who claims to be a practicing Catholic, signed a radical pro-abortion law last week that allows unborn babies to be aborted up to birth in New York state. Afterward, Cuomo ordered that the One World Trade Center and other state landmarks be lit pink to celebrate the abortion law.
On Tuesday, Graham urged New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to excommunicate Cuomo for celebrating the barbaric slaughter of unborn babies.
“This law allows for the murder of unborn children up until the day of their birth,” Graham wrote on Twitter.
“I call on my friend @CardinalDolan to take a moral stand,” he continued. “Whether it moves the governor’s calloused heart or not, it will have a great impact on not only the church in New York, but on the church worldwide. It’s about standing for right over wrong, good over evil.”
Dolan expressed hesitancy about excommunicating Cuomo earlier this week. He said the punishment would be counterproductive because Cuomo likes being the “bad boy” and would not really care.
“We have a governor that brags about” abortion, Dolan told Fox and Friends earlier this week. “We have a governor that uses his dissent from Church teaching as applause lines. We have a governor that takes quotes from Pope Francis out of context to draw an artificial cleavage between the bishops in New York and the Holy Father himself. He’s not going to be moved by this. So what would be the use?”
Graham urged Dolan to act anyway. He said the law allows the torture of unborn babies in a way that most people would not stand for if it was done to a dog or cat or a convicted criminal.
The law allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to 24 weeks 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.
Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger said to @FoxandFriends about the new abortion law, “I don’t see it as something to celebrate…the kind of procedures that now are possible in New York state, we wouldn’t even do to a dog or a cat…It’s torture.” 3/3
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) January 29, 2019
Isn’t it ironic. In NY a murderer, rapist, or school shooter can’t receive a lethal injection—but a child in the womb can. Legislators that pass these laws will have to give an account to God for every murdered life. May God have mercy on our nation. https://t.co/tlguQ4gbcV
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) January 28, 2019
Graham, the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, has become one of the strongest voices for life among evangelical Protestants. He uses his massive platform to raise awareness about unborn babies and the death-driven abortion industry, and frequently calls out religious and political leaders who advocate for the killing of God’s children.