Posts Tagged ‘Abortion Expansion’

The Governor’s Cruel Abortion Bill

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

All abortions are acts of terrible cruelty. Late-term abortions are particularly barbaric – they are typically done by dismembering the child while she is still alive and capable of feeling pain. There is no civilized way to kill a child in her mother’s womb – or anywhere else, for that matter.

Our laws do little to temper this cruelty. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s perverse jurisprudence, there is virtually no effective ban on any abortion at any stage of pregnancy. The one ban that has survived judicial nullification, the partial birth abortion ban, has likely had no real effect, since it left abortionists free to choose another method, equally cruel, to kill the child.

The innate cruelty of the abortion mentality has been brought into clear view by Governor Cuomo’s proposed abortion expansion scheme. This is the same approach he unsuccessfully tried a few years ago, which was thwarted by sustained opposition by pro-lifers. This time, the Governor has gamed the legislative system by squirreling his abortion expansion bill in one of his budget bills. This corrupt and anti-democratic maneuver makes it very difficult to eliminate the abortion proposal, which would remove any restrictions on the reasons for late-term abortions, permit non-doctors to do abortions, and eliminate any protection for the unborn child against a direct assault. I’ve outlined elsewhere the dangers of this proposal.

There is one provision in the Governor’s bill that is so cruel and so inhumane that it deserves separate attention and special condemnation.

In our current Public Health Law, there is a section that is called the “Baby Doe Law” (section 4164). Enacted in 1974, this law requires that whenever an abortion is performed after 20 weeks, a second doctor must be present whose responsibility is to take care of the child in case she is born alive. This should surely be uncontroversial – it is an element of basic humanity to provide care to a helpless vulnerable person. In fact, a related federal law, the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act was passed in 2002 by the House by a wide margin and the Senate by unanimous consent.

Yet the Governor’s bill would repeal the Baby Doe Law. In other words, he would deny health care to a vulnerable helpless child, crying for her mother and struggling to survive. He would leave her fate in the hands of an abortionist, whose primary job is to kill her.

This is not an academic discussion. Babies are born alive after abortions and abortionists do nothing to care for them. Some abortionists, like the infamous Kermit Gosnell, deliberately murder them. A study published by a highly respected medical journal has estimated that over 5% of babies survive abortion at 21 weeks and almost 10% survive a 23 week abortion – at a time when many of them would be able to survive if they were given proper medical care. According to official New York statistics, there were 2,106 abortions after 20 weeks in 2015. That means that there could be over 100 and perhaps as many as 200 babies born alive in New York after abortions, many of whom were viable. There’s no way to know how many of them received decent medical care.

This horrifying reality was brought into the light in the recent Congressional investigation into the alleged sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood. One Planned Parenthood doctor testified:

I can tell you that none of our Health Centers provide obstetrics care. So they don’t deliver babies. So they don’t have anyone who can provide care, nor do they know what that care is. . . . We don’t deliver babies at Planned Parenthood. . . . [O]ur affiliates don’t provide obstetrical care. So therefore, they don’t know how to manage a term infant or a premature infant. (emphasis added)

Another doctor from a university hospital in New Mexico, who performs late-term abortions and trains other doctors to do so, testified:

Q: So does your curriculum call for training of doctors of what to do if a child is born alive because of an induced abortion?
A: No.
Q: No training at all?
A: No.
Q: There’s no resuscitation training?
A: OB/GYN doctors do not resuscitate neonates. (emphasis added)

Reflecting on this and other chilling testimony from abortionists, the Congressional panel concluded,

The testimony… suggests a lack of medical training and of any sense of obligation to be trained to preserve the life of an infant that survives the abortion procedure. It reflects a philosophy that a right to abortion somehow carries a guarantee of the death of the infant expelled during the procedure.

This is what the Governor wants to enshrine in New York law. The deliberate killing by neglect of babies who have already been born and who can survive with basic care. To bring us back to the level of the ancient Greeks and Romans, who left unwanted children out in the woods to die of exposure and neglect.

Infanticide is the technical term.

It is cruel and barbaric by any name.

New York’s Insatiable Abortion Appetite

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Today is the 45 th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion across the nation. New York had previously legalized abortion, so this year is the 48 th anniversary. Both of these statements are an indictment of the inhumanity of our contemporary society.

Here are a few numbers to contemplate (all are from 2015 except the last three, which are from 2014):

  • 86,627 – the total number of abortions in New York State. So in a little over two years, the equivalent of the population of my hometown of Yonkers is aborted.
  • 367 – the number of abortions per 1,000 live births in the state. In other words, over a quarter of all pregnancies in our state ends with an abortion.
  • 505 – the number of abortions per 1,000 live births in New York City. In other words, over a third of all pregnancies in the City ends with an abortion.
  • 1,038 – the number of abortions per 1,000 live births for African-Americans in New York City. So there are more abortions than live births among African-Americans. If that number doesn’t appall you, then I fear for the state of your soul.
  • 2,106 – the number of abortions in our state after 20 weeks – after the time when unborn children can feel pain. How much more inhumane can we be, than to dismember a living human being who feels the pain of it?
  • 48,345 – the number of cases in which the abortion was not the woman’s first. This shows that in many cases, abortion is a backup form of contraception.
  • 3,998 — the number of cases where the woman had at least 5 prior abortions. The pathos of this number is too great to express.

Will our state’s insatiable appetite for abortion ever be satiated?

Apparently not, if you pay attention to what our Governor is doing.

In his State of the State Address, the Governor called for the incorporation of Roe v. Wade into our laws and constitution. That would put the right to an abortion on the same plane as the right to free speech and the right to vote. If that’s not extreme enough, he included in his annual budget bill a proposal that would eliminate all criminal penalties for abortion. This would eliminate key protections for women and unborn children: the requirement that only doctors perform abortions, the requirement that abortions after 24 weeks be done only to save the life of the mother, and the ability to prosecute persons who deliberately attack and kill a child while still in her mother’s womb. Even worse, this bill would also repeal a section of the law that protects a child who is born alive as the result of an abortion.

Consider for a second the corrupt dishonesty of including in a budget bill such a proposal — which has nothing whatsoever to do with government finances. The only purpose of doing so is to make abortion a negotiable item, and to put increased pressure on the legislature to pass the abortion expansion measure as part of the overall funding of our state government. Since nobody wants to repeat the government shutdown fiasco we’ve seen in Washington, it’s like a hold-up – expand abortion or else.

Gone are the days when “pro-choice” advocates put up the front of regretting the demand for abortion. Now they are openly “pro-abortion” and are celebrating abortion as a positive good. Just look at the rhetoric at the various Marches for Women from last weekend and the clear “not welcome” signals they sent to pro-life women. Just look at how ferociously they oppose all common-sense regulations of abortion. Just consider the shame of most House Democrats voting against a bill that would have guaranteed health care to any child lucky enough to survive an abortion and be born alive.

New York already has the disgraceful distinction of having the highest rate of abortion in the United States, according to the CDC. The insatiable appetite for the death of unborn children is a stain on our society.

And if our Governor has his way, there will be more, more, more.