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Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill Hi-Jacks Parental Rights

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Parental Rights

Andrew Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill is not just about women’s health, it’s about government intrusion on parental rights. If the reproductive health act deems access to contraception and abortion fundamental human rights it immediately places parental rights at odds with the state.

In order to access contraception and abortion one must go through the medical profession. For a minor to access the medical profession, they must go through their parents. This is the case because the immaturity of the child often prevents them from perceiving what is best for them. The parent is responsible for the life and health of their child. Therefore the parent is always involved in decisions which relate to their health and well-being. Making contraception and abortion a fundamental human right overrides the ability of the parent to manage and monitor the health and well-being of the child.

As of right now, New York State requires parental consent for something as minor as a body piercing or tattoos. In fact, even with parental consent, a minor under 17 cannot use a tanning bed at all. Under Cuomo’s radical abortion bill, a minor will be able to get a surgical procedure and carcinogenic drugs without parents even knowing. Does it make any sense for a child to be able to access life-altering medical treatments but not be able to get an artificial tan?

Why would a state government want to assume parental responsibilities for something as important as the reproductive health of the next generation? Why would any self-respecting physician even consider treating a minor without parental involvement?  Most New York voters are in favor of parental notification laws. What special kind of arrogance is it that would permit a legislature to change the tradition of medicine and intrude on the responsibility of moms and dads?

Stand Up. Contact your representative—tell them to oppose Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill bundled with the Women’s Equality Act. Visit the Legislative Action Center at AlbanyUpdate.com.

Speak Out. Get in the conversation of Facebook and twitter with New Yorkers for Life, and take the message to your network by joining CompassCare’s social media team. Email us at rha@compasscare.info.

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Rochester, NY Residents and Churches Ask, “Who Is a Person?”

 1000 Expected to Attend ‘Walk-for-Life’ Asking the Question: Who is a Person?

Largest Annual Display of Ecumenical Church Solidarity

Rochester, NY—1000 pro-life people from the Rochester area representing scores of churches from both Protestant and Catholic traditions are expected to converge on the Highland Bowl this Saturday May 4th at 9 A.M. to celebrate the dignity of women and the personhood of pre-born boys and girls. Over the last 15 years thousands have gathered for the annual Walk-for-Life and family festival hosted and promoted by local medical pregnancy care provider, CompassCare.

Given recent debate over expansion of abortion in New York as well as the gruesome trial of Philadelphia abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, CompassCare’s Walk-for-Life is expecting record turn-out. The Walk has always represented the largest ecumenical display of unity in Rochester every year. With all the controversy surrounding the recent over-the-counter release of Plan B to minors, Cuomo’s abortion expansion agenda, and the nationwide abortion abuses, the pro-life base is activated like never before. Personhood

The Walk raises approximately $130,000 in funds for CompassCare every year. CompassCare is a non-profit organization dedicated to erasing the need for abortion. CompassCare facilitates the delivery of baseline pre-natal visits for women facing unplanned pregnancy as well as STD testing and treatment for both men and women. 95% of CompassCare’s pregnancy patients are at-risk for abortion. According to patient exit surveys, when asked to rate CompassCare’s services on a scale of 1-10 CompassCare’s average score is a 9.8. “We are proud of the fact that women feel like they are treated with dignity at CompassCare,” said James R. Harden, M.Div longtime President of CompassCare.

“CompassCare’s experience is that when women feel supported and secure more often than not they choose to have their babies,” said Harden. “Treating a woman with dignity means we support her autonomy and trust her with all the information about her options. Women most often have abortions because they feel there is no other choice. We empower women with the freedom to make the most difficult choice to have the baby. If she decides to abort after that, well then, it’s a truly free decision, isn’t it?”

Harden went on to say that, “When women get the information and care they deserve that most of the time they carry their babies to term.”

In light of recent national concerns over the safety risks of abortion and abortion-related drugs important questions are arising in the national conscience. Questions like, “What is abortion?” But even more importantly, “What is a person?” A child in the womb was denied personhood status by the Supreme Court in 1973 paving the way for abortion on demand. But the question as to who determines the criteria for personhood is one of grave concern. What’s to keep that same group of people from changing the definition to exclude other groups from the rights of humanity? “Personhood is what the 2013 Walk-for-Life is all about this year.”

You can sponsor a walker or register to walk online by clicking here.

Discrimination Lawsuits Jeopardize PRCs

SharkCompassCare and other ethical pregnancy resource centers in NY are being jeopardized by radical legislation that the super majority of New Yorker’s reject—Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act.

By making abortion a fundamental right, physicians and organizations like medical pregnancy resource centers are put in danger of discrimination lawsuits. There is some limited protection in the RHA for those private doctors who refuse to provide abortions, but refusal to refer for abortion and abortion-causing contraception becomes an act of discrimination, the violation of a human right.

CompassCare has served and has helped other pregnancy centers serve tens of thousands of women in the last 33 years. When a woman faces unplanned pregnancy she is most often coerced and feeling unable to refuse abortion. This is not freedom; this is not choice. Making abortion a fundamental human right would force organizations like CompassCare and ethical physicians to further undermine a woman’s already compromised autonomy.

If abortion and contraception are bonafide medical treatments, then that’s all they are, not human rights. It is the physician’s job to manage treatment options for their patients. A a_babys_cominggovernment can never know enough about a particular patient to know what treatments should be administered, let alone artificially declared fundamental rights. Making abortion a fundamental right tramples the physician’s ability to serve each woman by considering her circumstances as unique. Any self-respecting physician, no matter where they stand on the issue of abortion, should reject this legislative intrusion into their profession.

Women don’t need to know that they can get an abortion. They need to know that they can have their baby. That’s where true support comes in. That’s where real medicine meets real people.

Doctors and Medical Clinicians – sign this statement of ethics protesting the RHA.

Deregulating Abortion Helps Women?

Under current New York State law, it is a criminal act to perform an abortion on a ‘viable’ child in the womb. (There is another time to discuss the atrocity of the popular, dehumanizing notion of ‘viability.’ A person is an organism with unique human DNA governing his or her own maturation from conception to natural death. Every person bears the image of God regardless of his or her ability to “survive” under certain arbitrarily assigned external circumstances). Governor Cuomo and advocates of the Abortion Expansion Act—aka Reproductive Health Act—want to completely remove all references to abortion from the penal code.

GosnellKermit Gosnell. Heard of him? He ran an abortion mill near Philadelphia, PA where he routinely performed late term abortions for more than 40 years. He caused the death of Karnamaya Mongar in 2009. In 2010 his clinic was finally shut down after a raid for suspicious oxycodone prescriptions revealed barbaric conditions: blood on the floors and walls, bags of aborted babies, jars full of severed baby feet. It was labled a “house of horrors.” Gosnell is currently facing the death penalty for 5 counts of murder (one woman, four babies). Here’s the disturbing documentary. If the RHA were law in Pennsylvania, Gosnell could not be convicted of homicide for those infants.

The woman from New Rochelle, NY would have been able to die in her home state instead of traveling to Maryland to be killed under the knife of Leroy Carhart.

Eric Schaff (formerly of Rochester, NY) is currently under investigation for botched late-term abortions at Planned Parenthood of Delaware. Coincidentally he applied for and was initially denied a medical license in Pennsylvania saying that he was asked to ‘cover for my collegues’ according to documentation provided by the PA State Board of Medicine. Interestingly, Schaff’s office was just 3.4 miles away from Gosnell’s.

The list continues with Pendergraft, whose Florida license was just suspended for the 5th time, and Osathanondh, and Rutland…

There’s no shortage of stories of late term abortionists behaving badly. Shouldn’t we hold them to a higher standard? Shouldn’t actions that routinely jeopardize the life and health of women and babies be criminal? Whatever happened to medical maxim “Do no harm?” Perhaps the reason why abortionists are not held to the same moral and medical standard of care as the rest of the medical profession is because abortion is not medicine?

Stand Up. Contact your representative—tell them to oppose Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act and reject anyone who would sponsor such irresponsibility. Visit the Legislative Action Center at AlbanyUpdate.com.

Speak Out. Get in the conversation of Facebook and twitter with New Yorkers for Life, and take the message to your network by joining CompassCare’s social media team. Email us at rha@compasscare.info.

Buy In. Donate to CompassCare’s lifesaving work at www.compasscare.info/donate.

It Gets Worse: What Gosnell Has in Common with Cuomo, Obama, and the Supreme Court

Recently the Orwellian mask of the abortion industry has come off. In some ways it was their choice.

Planned Parenthood stopped using euphemistic ‘choice’ rhetoric knowing full well that the circumstances that drive women to get abortion represent the coercive polar opposite. Perhaps now they think they don’t need the language to accomplish their willfully gruesome agenda anymore. Additionally, spring revealed the fruit of the draconian abortion logic when in a Florida legislative hearing Planned Parenthood lobbyist all but said the killing of a baby born alive should be left up to the woman and her doctor. But in 2008 then Illinois Senator Barak Obama intimated the same thing as he rejected legislation providing full medical care to a baby should he or she be born alive during an abortion.

GosnellYet in some ways the removal of the abortion agenda’s mask was unintentional as Planned Parenthood has been caught time and again in cases of insurance fraud, unsafe conditions, and botched abortions. The Delaware Planned Parenthood currently under investigation is over seen by medical director Eric Schaff who researched the chemical abortion RU-486 for years at the University of Rochester in Cuomo’s New York State. Schaff was quietly asked to leave his position in Rochester for what one inside source at the hospital claimed were human subjects testing violations (We are loath to imagine what that could mean after seeing jars of baby feet in Philadelphia). But no investigation by health departments, politicians, medical peers, media . . . nothing. Silence. Oh, and then there’s Kermit Gosnell  whose house of horrors is located just 3.4 miles away from Schaff’s most recent Philadelphia office which the mainstream media was shamed into covering by outraged citizens taking over Twitter and Facebook on Friday April 12th. According to testimony, Gosnell recklessly harmed women sometimes killing them as well as routinely beheading live late term babies.

Why isn’t Barack Obama launching an investigation into the abortion business? Why didn’t Andrew Cuomo pass a message of emergency bill restricting the abuses of abortionists in NY as quickly as he whipped out gun restrictions after the Connecticut school shooting knowing Schaff was trained in practicing abortion in New York City and Rochester, NY, respectively? Or at the very least why hasn’t he publicly denounced his abortion expansion bill which literally paves the way for more fraud, abuse, and murder under his brazen newspeak banner, ‘Women’s Equality Act’? His anti-corruption crusade rings more hypocritical by the minute. Remind me again how removing the doctor from a woman’s medical care improves women’s healthcare, especially with doctors like Gosnell and Schaff routinely brutalizing them? You can read Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill here.

The chilling reason why Planned Parenthood evades, Obama ‘can’t comment,’ Cuomo keeps quiet,  Gosnell (God help us) ‘snipped,’ and the media was reluctant to cover the story is Personhoodbecause all five of them and their representative constituents are complicit with the U.S. Supreme Court in their belief that personhood can be qualified. The biological difference between fertilization and death at old age is simply a matter of time, not a matter of humanity. What the Supreme Court did in 1973 with Roe was arbitrarily move the line of when a human is deemed a person deserving protection of their God-given right to life. Is it possible that a group of nine culturally, and perhaps agenda-driven, Justices could be wrong? They’ve been wrong in the past. We need look no further than the Supreme Court’s denial of rights in 1823 to Native Americans, in 1857 to African Americans, and in 1927 to the ‘mentally unfit.’ The Supreme Court actually has a history of getting personhood wrong.

Perhaps the framers were not silent on the definition of personhood. Perhaps it is as obvious as the words on this page—God, our creator, has endowed each of us with life. He alone is the giver of life and if you have to ask the question of whether or not some ONE is a person you’ve missed that founding principle altogether: man did not create himself. And if the Justices are so morally out-to-lunch that they entertain such questions then the great American experiment stands on the razor’s edge rather than soaring the sunny heights of liberty. The very deed of deciding the personhood status of any category of human presumes that the decider has authority to dictate and deny the personhood of any category of human.  Once someone or small group of people do so they assume the mantle of the master of all humanity implicitly hollowing out the revolutionary context of America’s birth.

Many morally responsible citizens like me are outraged by the Supreme Court, the mainstream media, Gosnell, Obama, and Cuomo for their utter disregard of the personhood of pre-born boys and girls and the corollary: utter disrespect of all of humanity. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Gosnell is not just a run of the mill murderer. He represents the decidedly anti-American view of personhood held by Obama, Cuomo and the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision.  The American revolutionary principle that all are created equal whatever your stage or station in the human experience must be core to the notion of personhood, lest all classes of human are at risk of dehumanization by legislative or judicial fiat. The very thought that anyone has the power to determine who qualifies as a person and who doesn’t is anti-American and reflects a blind hubris reminiscent of the empirical despotism against which the American revolutionaries so fiercely fought. If personhood is defined by other persons then freedom is an illusion for all but the ruling elite and the pre-born are just the tip of that age-old iceberg, democide. Either all of us are persons equally or all but the definers of personhood are slaves.

“The word ‘person’ does not apply to the unborn.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harold Blackmun, majority opinion author, Roe v Wade.

To whom does the word ‘person’ apply?

Doctor Warns African American Community About NY’s High Abortion Rate

In 2011 there were 102,678 abortions in NY State. Over 60% were repeat abortions. Women in their 20s accounted for over 56%. According to the US Census Bureau whites make up the majority of the State population while the burden of abortion (70%) falls on the non-white minority.

Data from 2009 reveals that New York is the abortion capital of the U.S., with higher abortion rates than any other state.

With a disproportionate number of abortions already occurring in NY, Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Act does not make much sense. Women already have access to abortion with lower levels of accountability for abortionists than any other field of medicine. We need to raise the bar for women’s health care not lower it. Making abortion a “fundamental right” would prohibit any restriction whatsoever including accountability for medical providers to treat women ethically and with dignity. We need higher standards to care for women, not lower standards.

Stand up. Tell your representatives that Abortion Expansion makes no sense in a state that already has the highest abortion rates in the country.

Ob/Gyn doctor speaks to African American Communities in New York about consequences of Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXGUpABP134

 

Why Judge Korman’s Plan B Decision Is Wrong

Judge Edward Korman struck down a decision by Kathleen Sebelius to ban dispensing to minors over-the-counter “Emergency Contraception” known as Plan B. His decision is bad for for medicine, bad for women, and bad for parents.

Plan B is made of a synthetic, non-biodegradable, steroid suspected of causing cancer in the smaller daily dose commonly known as ‘the pill.’ When taken as a child oral contraception is linked to increasing the risk of the worst form of breast cancer by over 500%! The kicker is that Plan B represents a dosage that is 50x higher than the suggested daily dose of the pill. And we want to give it to girls and call it reproductive health? Sibelius banned its use for minors with good reason. It is irresponsible to give this drug to anyone let alone girls without physician involvement and parental consent. The doctor/patient relationship is designed primarily to help a person heal or maintain their health. True healthcare requires education hence the Latin root for doctor is the verb ‘to teach.’ Only informed patients are empowered patients. The judge’s decision totally extracts the doctor from patient care and undermines a women’s long term health.

And what of parental rights? So now we have Judges complicit with political agendas not only intervening in medicine but also in the care of children? If Andrew Cuomo gets his abortion expansion bill passed it would make access to contraception (including this Plan B) a fundamental human right. Coupled with Korman’s decision this would mean that your 12 year old daughter could go to the school nurse and be given a heavy dose of a cancer-causing drug without your knowledge or consent. This lowers the standard of care for women. How does this represent Cuomo’s precious women’s equality? These drugs are simply the female version of drugs that when taken by male athletes to enhance their performance lands them in jail.

Then there is sexual abuse. A lot of minors are pregnant because of child sexual abuse. Judge Korman’s decision will only serve to cover it up further.

This decision seems like it is only good for politicians, pharmaceutical companies, and child sex abusers.

 

Reproductive Health Act Allows For Late-term Abortion

89% of New York voters reject the idea of abortion in the last 3 months of pregnancy. Gov. Cuomo’s radical abortion expansion bill paves the way for late term abortions and a procedure known as partial birth abortion. The proposed legislation allows abortion “at any time” for the “life and health” of the mother. “Health” has been so broadly interpreted by the US Supreme Court in Doe v. Bolton that abortion could be accessed for virtually any reason at any point in time in the pregnancy.

Partial birth abortion is exactly what it sounds like, but worse.

Labor is induced. The baby is partially born. Then it is killed by snapping the spinal cord, snipping it, or injecting a saline solution into the brain. Sometimes the babies are born alive, then are exposed and left alone to die in a cold sterile procedure room. What kind of cruel pathology would drive someone to not just perform these procedures, but wholeheartedly legalize them? What kind of insanity would want to co-opt the healing profession of medicine and use it to destroy the most innocent of all humanity? What heartlessness is this?

These procedures are not only gruesome, but they entail drastically increased risks to the health and well-being of the mother. From 2007 to 2008 the number of maternal deaths due to abortion doubled. Why do we want to jeopardize the well-being of women in this way? Why would we ever consider the torture, termination and oppression of the next generation like this?

The New Rochelle, NY woman who died at the hands of Leroy Carhart because of a botched abortion at 33 weeks would have died in NY instead of Maryland and abusive doctors might still be practicing like Pendergraft, Bringham, Osathanondh, Rutland… and

We know this does not represent the conscience and voice of the people of New York. But what does it mean if it represents the heart of our Governor and Legislators? If ever we were to stand, let it be now. Visit the Legislative Action Center at AlbanyUpdate.com to call and email your representatives.

Legislation Jeopardizes CompassCare’s Services

Let’s review. In 1970 New York became the first State in the Union to legalize abortion-on-demand without even considering whether or not the child is a person. In 1973 the Supreme Court stated that a child in the womb is not a person, completely dehumanizing pre-born children, despite thousands of years of human experience to the contrary. In so doing they ignored the weight of science demonstrating the personhood of the baby beginning at conception. What caused the U.S. Supreme Court, some of the most respected legal minds in the world, to blatantly ignore huge chunks of moral, biological, and medical truth, and then recklessly proceed to devastate a population with its ruling?

Curiously, during a 2009 interview with New York Times Magazine, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed her understanding of the Roe v. Wade decision: “Frankly I Ruth Bader Ginsburghad thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Stop right there . . . did Ginsburg say what I think she said? Shouldn’t she find it disconcerting that one group of people in America could use their power and resources to target certain population types for reduction and get away with it? That violates the very concepts of dignity and self-determination assumed in the whole ‘life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’ business the Supreme Court claims to safe-guard. Where is her outrage?

Fast forward nine short months to March 2010. Obamacare was birthed, forcing all Americans, including religious non-profits, to purchase healthcare insurance which pays for abortion-causing drugs against their deeply held religious beliefs. Forcing all citizens to underwrite an abortion agenda via socialized medicine appears like another flagrant population control policy. This is especially highlighted when one considers the fact that for the first time in American history the Supreme courts says it’s O.K. for State policy to trump individual religious liberty. We must not forget that the Bill of Rights is about the notion that the rights of the individual are at least equal to if not greater than the rights of the State lest the population be owned rather than represented.

Now back to New York in 2013, rumored to have 2016 Presidential aspirations, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to make abortion and contraception fundamental human rights through the Reproductive Health Act, contrary to the sentiment of NYS voters. This would make abortion untouchable by reasonable regulation like parental notification and consent, and waiting periods. The proposed law would even allow non-doctors to perform abortions. Additionally those who refuse to refer for abortion, like CompassCare, could face costly discrimination lawsuits for violating ‘a fundamental human right.’ Why? It can’t really be about women’s access to reproductive health care when 1/3 of all pregnancies in New York State already end in abortion. New York is the abortion capital of the U.S. with over 111,000 abortions annually.

God says in Isaiah 10:1-2, “Woe to those who enact evil statutes and those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice and to rob the poor of my people of their rights, so that widows may be their spoil and that they may plunder the orphans.”

Who more than pre-born boys and girls are being actively deprived of their rights through evil statutes? Who is more widowed than young women abandoned by society whose only solution for unplanned pregnancy is destruction?

If there was ever a time to step it up, to demonstrate your passion for the personhood of mothers and their children, it is now. Walk with me this year at CompassCare’s annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 4th as we show Rochester that true choice respects the dignity of all women and the personhood of all pre-born boys and girls. True freedom occurs not within a cold and lonely abortion clinic but in a civilization that empowers women with the ability to make the hardest choice of all and have the baby.

Register online here.

Poll Shows New Yorkers Oppose Abortion Expansion

A recent McLaughlin poll sponsored by the Chiroscuro Foundation reveals that most New York voters are opposed to the fundamental principles of Cuomo’s abortion expansion agenda. A vast majority of New Yorkers believe (78.8%), when they are informed of the number of abortions in New York, believe there is already sufficient access to abortion in New York State.

  • 75% oppose changing the law so that someone other than a doctor can perform surgical abortionsNew Yorkers Oppose RHA
  • 89% oppose abortions for reducing twins or triplets to a single child
  • 92% oppose late-term abortions for sex selection

The Reproductive Health Act bundled with a Woman’s Equality Act not only deregulates abortion but would make it immune to future regulation by making it a fundamental human right. Yet the poll revealed that New Yorkers overwhelming favor restrictions on abortion:

  •  87% favor providing pregnant mothers information about options before they make a decision
  •  78% approve of a 24 hour waiting period
  •  76% approve parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion
  •  68% approve of providing free medical care to mothers carrying their pregnancy to term
  •  86% favor regulating abortion clinics as strictly as other medical facilities

Why are Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature ignoring the voice of the people?

Stand Up. Call or email your representatives to remind them that most of their voters oppose abortion expansion.

Speak Out. The majority of New York voters stand with us! Get involved in the conversation on social media to keep up the public pressure on NY legislators. Visit NewYorkersforLife.org.

Buy In. Donate here to support CompassCare’s life-giving work in the face of this heinous legislation.