Abortion Expansion–Not Out of the Woods Yet
Good news! Your grassroots passion decrying a radical abortion agenda holding hostage true women’s equality, has made a difference! But we aren’t out of the woods yet.
On Tuesday, June 4th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the details of his abortion expansion bill deceivingly entitled the, “Women’s Equality Act.” Public outcry and bi-partisan voter opposition has been so significant against this senseless deregulation and expansion of abortion that even the Senate majority leader Dean Skelos vowing to keep it off the Senate floor for a vote said May 13th on his Facebook page, “Rather than pass an unnecessary and extreme measure that would allow non-doctors to perform abortions right up to the day of a baby’s birth, I believe we should be doing everything possible to protect the health, safety and economic well-being of every New York woman.”
What exactly about this bill is so heinous that it would spark such widespread resistance even in New York, the abortion capital of the U.S.? Is it that it reduces quality of women’s healthcare by allowing non-doctors to perform them? Maybe. Is it that it jeopardizes Good Samaritan doctors and organizations like CompassCare by not providing conscience protections for those who refuse to refer for abortion? Possibly. Is it that it allows for abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, which 89% of all New Yorkers reject? Perhaps. Is it that the bill does not actually codify Federal law as Cuomo and others falsely contend? Thank Senator Skelos for his courage here.
After the watershed Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade, dehumanized the child in the womb, there were other cases and laws that were heard and instituted clarifying Roe. Some of these post-Roe Federal restrictions include; Planned Parenthood vs. Casey (allowing for State level restrictions), Federal Partial-birth abortion ban (banning the gruesome third trimester abortion procedure), the Hyde Amendment (restricting all use Federal funding for abortion) and the Hyde-Weldon Amendment (providing more significant conscience protections for medical professionals who refuse to provide or refer for abortion). If Cuomo is interested in codifying Federal law why not codify the common sense post-Roe restrictions as well, since Roe no longer represents the Federal position.
The people of New York are furrowing their brow and scratching their heads because the logic just does not add up. Could it be that in the wake of the gruesome revelations of Gosnell and others people are beginning to reawaken to the horror and inhumanity that is abortion and the dangers of an abortion industry with zero accountability? Abortion cannot be euphemized with pleasant rhetoric anymore. Abortion is not a choice for women who feel like it is their only option. Abortion is not about access to healthcare in a State where 1/3 of all pregnancies are terminated. Abortion is not about empowerment, when most women are pressured by their friends, family, boyfriends or circumstances to get an abortion. Abortion is not about supporting a woman’s autonomy but rather a society’s way of abandoning a woman who will need a community to help her raise the child. Abortion is not about ensuring ethical medical care for women and children but about a quick buck for a quack.
We have begun to understand that if we are to remain a CIVILization, we can no longer afford to believe that abortion is about women’s equality or access to health care. Our conscience can no longer afford to ignore the personhood of a pre-born human. Medical science via DNA research, ultrasound technology, and embryology have all climbed the mountain of human meaning and, making it to the top discovered Christianity has been there all along—the only material difference between a newly conceived boy and an old man on his death bed is maturity. To reject the humanity of a pre-born boy or girl in order to justify ending his/her life is purely arbitrary. And once we begin to qualify some categories of people as non-human where does it stop? Whose standard is being used to make the determinations and set the criteria for who qualifies as a human worthy of rights to be protected and who does not? Perhaps it has begun to dawn on us that either all humans are persons to be protected or none of us are safe from the calculating horror of the new ethic of secular science and a science that uses medicine to justify its godless ideology and politics to force it upon the people.
Persevere in the fight. This is not just a political battle; it is a battle for the humanity of us all. June 21st is the end of the 2013 legislative session. Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill called deceiving titled “Women’s Equality Act” has to be withstood for just two more weeks. There are so many things you can do to get involved. Ask your doctor to sign the Medical Clinician’s statement of protest. Call, write, or pay a visit to your Senator. Submit a letter to the editor of your local paper. Leverage social media and tell your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter to do the same. Give of your financial resources. Stand with CompassCare to protect women, to protect preborn boys and girls, and for life at its most vulnerable.