What are New York Democrats celebrating?
New York’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) will increase abortions and legalize infanticide.
By Dawn Hoagland 2/25/19
On the forty-sixth anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision, Governor Cuomo signed into law an abortion bill that had been blocked by Republicans since 2007. It was passed by the new Democratic majority in the senate without a single Republican vote.
Democrats gave a standing ovation, clapping, and cheering as the bill was signed into law as if they were attending the Super Bowl. Governor Cuomo gave a brash “victory speech” in which he joyfully announced, “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion.”
Cuomo directed One World Trade Center to be lit in pink “to shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.” It is appalling that a memorial to people who lost their lives, including pregnant women and unborn babies, would be lit up to celebrate the right to kill babies.
The RHA is loosely written. The word “health” is left purposefully ambiguous to allow mental health to be included to justify abortions up to a woman’s due date for any reason. Abortion was already legal in New York up to 24 weeks and after that point to save the life of the mother. This new law allows abortion up to 9 months, does not require the abortionist to be a doctor, does not protect an aborted baby born alive, and removes abortion from the NY penal code.
Definition of “human being” has been changed to exclude the unborn in NY
This required a change in the penal code’s definition of a person which now excludes unborn babies. It removes all legal culpability from anyone who causes the death of a baby in the womb. In NY a baby is no longer considered a person even at full term until it is outside the womb. Even then, abortionists have routine protocols for ensuring fetal demise if the baby is born alive.
Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of NY, rightly called the RHA a radical and hideous law. But this is not really a Catholic issue. It is about biology. Either we concede that “life” begins at conception because if allowed to grow, the fertilized egg will become a unique individual, or we try to parse words to figure out exactly when the developing fetus should be considered a baby.
By 4 weeks, it is an embryo. By 8 weeks it is forming its own circulatory system with a beating heart, by 12 weeks, the physiology is complete with a face, organs, genitalia, and fingernails. An ultrasound may show the baby sucking its thumb or having hiccups. When do you think a fertilized egg becomes a baby?
Many states have laws that restrict abortion after 20 weeks. So why did some states decide that 24 weeks or “viability” should be the cut off for abortions since the baby has been almost completely formed by 12 weeks? Many European countries recognize this and do not perform abortions after 12 weeks. Babies who are born prematurely at 24 weeks survive all the time with the help of a Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit.
How can people justify killing a 23 week old baby just because it is located inside the womb of another human being who doesn’t want it there? Is it really a woman’s right to “choose” not to carry a baby to term that has started to grow inside her body? Her body is hers but the baby is a separate human being with unique DNA and its own blood type.
When do you think “life” begins?
If life begins at conception, all abortion is murder. Period. If you insist that the underdeveloped fetus is not a life, which requires mental gymnastics having nothing to do with logic, you have to at least concede that an abortion after 12 weeks involves killing a baby because it has a face and a sex and all its moving parts. It is just very small and very innocent. It didn’t ask to be conceived but it wants to live. And what about 11 weeks…?
Gianna Jessen survived a botched saline abortion. She loves her life even though she has cerebral palsy. Gianna testified before Congress in 2015, “I forgive my biological mother… Planned Parenthood is not ashamed of what they have done or continue to do. But we will have to give an account as a nation before God, for our apathy and for the murder of over 50 million children in the womb. How many children have died and been dismembered, and their parts sold, for our ego, our convenience, and our promiscuity? I wish to speak to the men listening to me. You are made for greatness. You were born to defend women and children, not use and abandon us, nor sit idly by while you know we are being harmed and I am asking you to be brave. In conclusion, let me say, I am alive because of the power of Jesus Christ alone in whom I live, move, and have my being, without Him I would have nothing and with Him I have all. Thank you.” Gianna is alive because a nurse saved her from being thrown in a jar of formaldehyde (a protocol to ensure fetal demise.).
A typical pro-choice argument put forward to justify all abortions is the case for rape and incest. This is intellectually dishonest because rape and incest account for only 1% of all abortions.
An argument lawmakers love to bring up is that abortion can be necessary to save the life of the mother. This lie has been thoroughly debunked by Ob-Gyn doctors. The mother’s life is always the paramount concern. Medical emergencies sometimes necessitate delivering a live baby prematurely (which means it may or may not survive) but never require deliberately killing the baby.
According to the New York Department of Health, in 2016, there were 82,189 abortions in NY, which represented about 10% of all abortions in the U.S. Teens between 15 and 19 accounted for 10% of NY abortions; 60% were for women 20 to 29 years old. In New York 1 out of 3 pregnancies end in abortion but the Democrats wanted to eliminate any possible restriction on abortion.
The media offers a steady diet of celebrities mocking morality, normalizing promiscuity, and making abortion socially acceptable, all of which destroys family values. Cuomo says he supports “women’s rights,” but the RHA helps destroy families in NY. What’s there to celebrate?
According to a Gallup poll in 2018, 81% of people in the U.S, think that abortion after 24 weeks should be illegal. Governor Cuomo and the other New York Democrats are out of step with New Yorkers who exist outside of their political bubble and do not want to codify infanticide in our state law. Planned Parenthood supports Democrats. Planned Parenthood has never been about “planning for parenthood.” It is an abortion mill. It should not receive federal or state funds.
The “Gosnell” movie is a true story
Who will benefit from the RHA law? People like Kermit Gosnell, who is presently in jail for life for snipping babies’ spines after his botched medical abortions resulted in live births, would have benefitted from a law like this. Do we want to attract people like Gosnell to set up late-term abortion shops in New York? The “Gosnell” movie should serve as a warning.
Abortion is sought by mothers who are perhaps misinformed about their condition. They do not understand that they hold in their womb a precious life which is a gift from God. They may not know all of the options. So many people would like to help them carry their baby to term. They could give their baby a good life through adoption or decide to be a mom. “My Choice” Pregnancy Centers can help. Call (845) 561-3057.
If there are women who decide at the last minute that they don’t want to keep their babies, let us help them out a different way. If new legislation is needed, it would be to make adoption easier so that girls who do not want to keep their babies can be quickly matched with couples who would love to have the opportunity to raise a child. Why don’t you sign a bill like that into law, Governor Cuomo? Then we can all cheer.
Dawn Hoagland may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org