By Dave Andrusko
We held off until yesterday drawing any conclusions about whether New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s blatant attempt to increase the number of abortions, including late abortions, would pass this session. The conclusion was, we don’t know, we couldn’t know. Too much happens in the final days of a legislative session. For example, the conclusion has already been moved from Thursday to Friday. (See “Cuomo defeat not yet a done-deal.” )
Late Tuesday, Cuomo agreed “to split the governor’s Women’s Equality Act into 10 separate bills to be voted on individually, setting the stage for a showdown over the proposal’s most controversial provision, a measure to amend the state’s abortion laws,” the Wall Street Journal’s Erica Orden reported. Heretofore, Cuomo, with the support of the pro-abortion feminist organizations, had stated flatly it was all or nothing. If a law to try (among other things) to stop human trafficking was lost in a vain effort to win more abortions, sobeit.
How this plays out in the closing hours is anyone’s guess. For example, according to Orden, “It wasn’t immediately clear whether legislative leaders in the state Senate, who had declined to bring the full package of bills—also called the women’s equality agenda—to the floor for a vote because of the abortion plank, would allow a vote on the separate bill concerning abortion.”
Cuomo is sparring back and forth with the four-member Independent Democratic Conference which has a power-sharing arrangement in the state Senate with Republicans. Earlier he had dropped unmistakable hints he would go after them for filling a separate Women’s Equality Act, shorn of the abortion-enhancing provision.
New York State already is one of NARAL’s crown jewels. New York has no parental consent law, no 24 hour waiting period for abortions, and publicly funds abortions for women who receive public assistance. In some zip codes in New York City the abortion rate has reached a ghastly 60% among African-Americans.
But Cuomo and NARAL et al. want more. Last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said, “This legislation would add a broad and undefined ‘health’ exception for late-term abortion and would repeal the portion of the penal law that governs abortion policy, opening the door for non-doctors to perform abortions and potentially decriminalizing even forced or coerced abortions.” As we’ve previously reported New York State Right to Life slammed the bill as “a Trojan Horse – a beautifully gift-wrapped package of death and destruction.”
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