New York Gov. Cuomo’s ever-escalating pro-abortion campaign

By Dave Andrusko

Andrew Cuomo
Photo: Pat Arnow

Yesterday we posted about uber-ambitious New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is furiously trying to out-promise a fellow pro-abortion Democrat running for governor in his commitment to extending , amplifying, and expanding abortion.

Cuomo holds a press conference Monday warning state Senate Republicans to immediately reconvene to pass the “Reproductive Health Act” which is even more radical than Roe. If not, he threatened, voters will send Senate Republicans packing. (The state Assembly is safely in the hands of pro-abortion Democrats.)

Tuesday gubernatorial rival Cynthia Nixon does Cuomo one better at her rally. Waving a coat hanger (these people are nothing if not original), Nixon tells her supporters, “We must fight like hell in New York and across the country to preserve Roe vs. Wade so that no woman will ever feel compelled to use something like this on herself again.”

Not to be outdone, on Wednesday Cuomo announces if Roe v. Wade is overturned, he’ll sue the federal government.

The North County NPR station offers this insight:

It was not immediately clear what the legal basis for a lawsuit would be. Spokesman Rich Azzopardi said only that the administration “will seek to protect the fundamental constitutional right of women under both state and federal law.”

Of course, there isn’t any “legal basis,” but facts (or truth-telling) are not Cuomo’s strong suits.

Cuomo, by the way, did say (according to Karen DeWitt) that

before legal action can begin, the state first needs to approve a measure to codify the landmark 1973 decision into state law. It was the governor’s third day of campaign-style rallies to promote the bill, known as the Reproductive Health Act.

This is another illustration of how he packages things. The Reproductive Health Act (which the GOP-led Senate has stopped) is not at all what Cuomo packages it to be. According to New York State Right to Life

Governor Cuomo’s vilifying and bait-and-switch tactics continue to escalate in pitch and tone to obscure examination of the actual provisions of the so-called “Reproductive Health Act,” which by no means is about “codifying Roe.” The Reproductive Health Act is a radical abortion-any-time-for-any-reason bill which would preclude and even repeal sensible limits on abortion, something the Governor knows Americans and New Yorkers do not support.