Chris Cuomo’s interminable confusion over “when life begins”

By Dave Andrusko

Chris Cuomo

Chris Cuomo

A real quick final post of the day. Chris Cuomo, son of the late New York governor Mario Cuomo and brother of the current governor, Andrew Cuomo is the co-host of CNN’s morning show “New Day.”

He is, even by network standards, insufferable. His twitter page has a “Quiet Please” logo–you know, to let us know that here at twitter.com/ChrisCuomo reason and civility prevail.

He insists on portraying himself as a man of reason on abortion, unlike everybody who is pro-life, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. They sparred over Cuomo’s favorite stalking horse, he “debate” over “when life begins.”

Of course there is no debate. “Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, a zygote,” explains The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology. As Paul Stark explained, in deciphering Cuomo’s almost impenetrable linguistic shorthand, “Life in general is continuous (sperm and egg are alive), but the life of an individual human being is not continuous. It has a beginning and an end.”

Which is why Cuomo and others of his ilk mix categories like a baker making a cake. Today you heard him talk about beating hearts and brain waves and end of life and yada, yada, yada as reasons why we don’t really know when life begins. When people pointed out his confusion on Cuomo’s twitter page, Cuomo switched into evasive snark mode, the gist of which it was his respondents, not Cuomo, who don’t understand.

Next time Cuomo decides he is going to lecture us on abortion, he might consider taking his own advice: “Quiet please.”