Putnam County in New York state passed a resolution this month rebuking Gov. Andrew Cuomo for pushing a law that basically allows abortions up to birth and infanticide.
The county legislature passed the pro-life resolution in a 7-1 vote on April 2, Newsmax reports.
County Legislator Ginny Nacerino, a sponsor of the measure, said the people of the county want to make their voices heard in the capital, the Highland Current reports.
“… the majority of Putnam County residents stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me on this,” Nacerino said. “I cannot comprehend any rationale justifying this diabolical legislation. It is an atrocity to mankind.”
Cuomo and his new pro-abortion law, the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), have drawn wide-spread condemnation for allowing abortions for basically any reason up to birth and repealing a state law that required medical care for viable infants who survive abortions.
After the law passed in January, Putnam officials decided to take a stand against the radical pro-abortion law. Despite aggressive lobbying by abortion activists with Planned Parenthood, the county leaders passed the resolution last week.
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“…the RHA repealed such protection for a born-alive infant, essentially authorizing infanticide,” the resolution states.
The local officials also criticized the law for removing all criminal charges for killing an unborn baby – even in a violent criminal act against the mother.
They wrote: “This removal of criminal sanctions by the RHA has already resulted in serious, unintended consequences that allow violent criminal acts to go unpunished, including one case where the Queens District Attorney was unable to charge a violent assailant with the stabbing death of a woman’s unborn baby (which also killed the mother), and another where the Bronx District Attorney was forced to drop criminal charges against a violent assailant who stabbed a woman who survived by tragically killed her unborn baby.”
They called on state lawmakers to reverse their actions and restore “the protections for unborn children formerly contained” in New York law.
The local community strongly supported the measure. According to the report, during one meeting, so many pro-lifers showed up to support the resolution that the crowd could not fit into the meeting room.
Other local governments are taking similar actions. In New York, the Batavia City Council also is considering a resolution to condemn the pro-abortion law. In March, a New Mexico city voted to become a “sanctuary” for unborn babies not long after its state legislature considered a bill to expand late-term abortions. The legislature narrowly defeated the bill.
A recent national poll by Marist University found that a majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions. Similarly, a poll released in February found a sharp, double-digit uptick in the number of Americans who identify as pro-life after pro-abortion Democrats began pushing abortions up to birth and infanticide.
Despite the public opposition, the Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island legislatures are considering pro-abortion legislation to expand abortions this year.