By Dave Andrusko
Why would a governor of a state that NARAL already gives an A- to; that has no parental consent law, no 24 hour waiting period for abortions, and publicly funds abortions for women who receive public assistance; that is cursed with a major metropolis in which in some zip codes the abortion rate has reached a ghastly 60% among African-Americans possibly believe there is a “need” for more abortions including more late abortions?
For the same reason New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is rolling his radical abortion proposal in among a ten point “Women’s Equality Agenda” and pretends the proposal would merely “codify current abortion protections should the U.S. Supreme Court strike down the Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal.”
As Lori Kehoe with New York State Right to Life told WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond, “There’s no other way to think about this other than that this is all about the governor’s run for president.” He is not only being told but no doubt already believes that there is electoral gold to be mined by being the most pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate in a field that will be awash with pro-abortion candidates.
Cuomo made official today what he has been teasing about since his fiery, vein-popping State of the State message in January. The same “Women’s Equality Agenda” that includes provisions against human trafficking will include a provision that obliterates what few limitations exist in the Gotham state. This by the way at a time of Kermit Gosnell and stories popping up all over the country of what happens when abortion is mass marketed.
Republicans and a few Democrats in the Senate have previously expressed disapproval or at least sentiments that could be read that way. But all that counts is what happens in the 16 days before the current legislative session concludes.
The theory is that New York is so “pro-choice” that if Cuomo markets the provision in the right verbiage, politicians will fall prostrate at his feet. Erica Orden of the Wall Street reports, “A Cuomo administration official said the bill’s language was crafted to create ‘a real litmus test on Roe v. Wade for members of both parties, making it impossible to vote against for anyone who wants to say they support a woman’s right to choose.’”
Or, as Cuomo has said, “There is a simplicity and a clarity to the ‘choice’ language,” adding, “You’re pro-choice or you’re not pro-choice.” That 70-80% of the American public draws lines in the sand that Cuomo gleefully would erase makes no different to the son of former pro-abortion New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. In other words, there is a difference between being “pro-choice” in the abstract and accepting abortions long after unborn babies can feel pain or have reached viability.
Numerous reports mirrored the language of Newsday’s lead: “Flanked by leaders of numerous women’s groups…”
Indeed, as Kirsten Smith, spokeswoman for New Yorkers for Life, told the Daily Gazette: “It is fitting that the Governor unveils his abortion expansion language today, on the day that Planned Parenthood has organized buses to come to come to Albany to support his agenda. One need only follow the money to see that Planned Parenthood’s abortion industry would be the beneficiary of any expansion of late-term abortion in New York… New Yorkers do not benefit. They would be forced to pay more taxpayer dollars for abortion, and they will be compelled to support abortion even if it is contrary to their convictions.”
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