New York Gov. Cuomo’s “Reproductive Health Act” and his zeal to make abortion even more commonplace in an abortion-on-demand state
By Dave Andrusko
Earlier this week we carried the results of a statewide poll conducted by the Chiaroscuro Foundation (“Poll: Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Abortion Expansions too radical for most New Yorkers). Over the course of the last few days, there has been a much wider distribution of what the poll tells us about the attitudes of New Yorkers vis a vis abortion and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed “Reproductive Health Act.” As we end the week, here are a few thoughts.
First, if you read what pro-abortionists are saying, they would have you believe that the state with unfettered abortion—and with places in New York City cursed with a nearly 60% abortion rate among African-American women—is “failing” the women of New York. (And if that the deaths of 6 in 10 African-American babies weren’t bad enough, “Forty percent of viable pregnancies end in abortion in the five boroughs [of New York City] today — almost double the national average,” according to the Chiaroscuro Foundation.)
Second, what annoys pro-abortionists is that they can’t commandeer the consciences of any and all medical personnel who oppose abortion and the tax dollars of all tax payers, regardless of their position on abortion. These are not the kinds of people who believe abortion should be “legal, safe and rare.”
They want abortion protected with every piece of legal armor available; safe (translation– no unborn baby at any stage is safe from annihilation); and abortion made not rare but even more prevalent by assuring that it is undergirded with tax monies and facilitated by ensuring that parents are kept completely in the dark.
Speaking of greasing the wheels of the death machinery at the expense of women’s safety, Chiaroscuro Foundation president Greg Pfundstein points out that some of Cuomo’s ideas, “like allowing non-physicians to perform abortions, seem bound to make New York less safe for women.” (The poll showed 75% oppose this.)
Make chemical abortions (RU486) abortions more widely available + make it legal for non-physicians to perform abortion = a return to the glory days when the lives of 1.6 million unborn babies were lost annually.
Just one other consideration. Anything that would reduce the number of abortions is anathema to politicians like Cuomo, widely seen as positioning himself for a presidential run in 2016, and his soul mates, such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood. A chance to reflect; accurate information (especially about alternatives); treating abortion clinics like medical facilities (which they claim to be)—this is awful to the Andrew Cuomos of this world.
Can you imagine how the color must have drained from his face when he read these results from a poll of 600 likely general-election voters in New York state?
- 87% favor providing pregnant mothers information about options before they make a decision;
- 78% approve of a 24 hour waiting period;
- 76% approve parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion;
- 68% approve of providing free medical care to mothers carrying their pregnancy to term, and
- 86% favor regulating abortion clinics as strictly as other medical facilities.
A “liberal” Democrat, Cuomo genuflects at the altar of abortion on demand—and beyond. Let’s hope that the results of the Chiaroscuro Foundation receive a wider and wider audience.