The abortion chain Planned Parenthood finally spoke out against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week amid heightened publicity about accusations that he sexually harassed women and covered up thousands of nursing home deaths connected to his COVID-19 order.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocacy groups are aggressive, vocal and demanding when pro-life and conservative politicians face similar accusations. Many will remember how they launched a massive smear campaign against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh based on flimsy sexual harassment allegations and insisted that the U.S. Senate reject his confirmation.
When the politician is a pro-abortion Democrat, however, Planned Parenthood is much more mild and reluctant in its criticism.
On Tuesday, the New York affiliate of Planned Parenthood quietly called for “a thorough and transparent investigation” of the Democrat governor, Breitbart reports.
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“At Planned Parenthood, we trust and believe those who come forward to hold accountable people who have abused their power,” Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts said in a statement. “We support a thorough and transparent investigation of the accusations against Governor Cuomo.”
Two other pro-abortion groups, UltraViolet and the Women’s March, also issued statements condemning Cuomo this week.
“Governor Cuomo should resign today,” UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas said in response to both the nursing home cover-up and sexual assault allegations. “Sexual harassment should not be tolerated in any workplace, let alone by the Administration of the Governor of New York.”
Women’s March executive director Rachel O’Leary Carmona described the alleged sexual harassment as “despicable from anyone, in any job – but coming from the highest office in New York, it’s disqualifying.”
Facing calls to resign, Cuomo said Wednesday that he will not step down, and he is not ashamed of anything that he has done.
“I do not believe I have ever done anything in my public career that I am ashamed of,” Cuomo said at a press conference Wednesday. Addressing the sexual abuse allegations, he added: “I didn’t know I was making her uncomfortable at the time. I feel badly that I did, and I’m going to learn from it.”
Asked if he will resign, Cuomo said no, the Daily Caller reports.
For months, LifeNews and other conservative news outlets have been reporting on Cuomo’s disastrous nursing home policy, which forced nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients. The order put coronavirus patients together with the elderly and people with disabilities, those most vulnerable to the virus. The governor later reversed the policy but not before thousands died.
In January, New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, released a report accusing Cuomo and his administration of covering up approximately 4,000 individuals’ deaths in nursing homes to COVID-19.
A few days later, Cuomo top aid Melissa DeRosa told state Democrat lawmakers that the administration withheld the actual death numbers because they were worried the information would “be used against us” politically.
New York has one of the highest COVID-19 death numbers and death rates in the United States – a status it has maintained for months, according to coronavirus statistics updated daily at NBC News.
After the report broke, a state Democrat lawmaker, Assemblyman Ron Kim, D-Queens, said Cuomo called him at home and threatened him after he accused the governor of covering up the death total.
Then, several weeks ago, women began to come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo as well.
In 2019, Cuomo also caused international outrage after he signed a law to expand late-term abortions and then ordered that the World Trade Center be lit pink to celebrate.