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Cuomo Didn’t Tell Pro-Lifers to Leave NY, Just That They Have No Place in NY

Cuomo pic The interview, heard by many now, with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sparked a firestorm of criticism by shocked and concerned citizens whom he is supposed to represent. His aides released a clarification letter regarding the interpretation of his comments insisting that the Governor did not say, “conservatives should leave the State.” That’s true. What he actually said was that extreme conservatives have “no place in the State of NY.” (Start listening to the interview at min 9:20) Feel better?

Thankfully he did take the time to define those who he believed are conservative extremists. In his mind extremists have a religiously motivated belief in ‘the right to life’ (his words), or who are anti-gay (pro-natural marriage, perhaps?), or who are pro-assault weapon (um, maybe second amendment advocates, not sure). He said that these people seem to be one and the same representing approximately 30% of the New Yorker population. He gave no citation as to his statistics. To be clear, according to a 2013 poll half of New Yorkers self-identify as pro-life and a super majority 75-80% favor common sense restrictions on abortion. Also, there is not perfect overlap of views. Not all pro-lifers are pro-gun. Not all ‘anti-gay’ are pro-life. The point is that Cuomo is alienating a lot more than just 50% of New Yorkers saying those ‘extremist’ views have no place in NY.

Meanwhile back in 2013 and again in his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo promoted the total deregulation of abortion through the omnibus bill titled “Women’s Equality Act” which would permit abortions to be performed by non-doctors through all nine months of pregnancy while insulating abortionists from any responsibility if the abortion were botched while enshrining abortion as a fundamental human right up there with freedom of speech. Whose the extremist now?

But anyway, as the interview progressed, it was tempting conclude that he was speaking to the public since he was giving a public interview on the radio. But let’s give Cuomo the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was only talking to legislators who represent the people. It is just those type of extremest legislators who have no place in government. But in a representative government, government by the consent of the governed and all that, to say there is no place for the representation of the beliefs of the people is essentially saying that there is no place for those people. There is no getting around it. If elected officials are supposed to represent the people and the people are pro-life, pro-natural marriage, and pro-second amendment then those are exactly the issues those representatives should represent.

Instead we are left to conclude that according to Cuomo, elected officials should dictate the new morality and force it upon the population because there is no place in government for these good old fashioned, I mean extremist, views held by the majority. We are left to assume that those types of people are welcome to stay in NY just not be represented.

Ironically, he did go on to say in his interview that there is a place for the moderate republicans who control the Senate. If you recall it was those same Senators who blocked Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill last year. So maybe there is a place in the New York legislature after all, at least to protect the ‘right to life’ for the most vulnerable among us, the pre-born boy and girl.

Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill: What’s the Problem?

SharkA good friend of ours read Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, specifically the hotly contested Part J abortion expansion aspect. He noticed the benign sounding language as well as its brevity compared to its longer more obviously heinous predecessor known as the Reproductive Health Act to which Cuomo referred vowing to pass it in his State of the State address. Many people have asked me this question. My response to this question the first time I heard it was, “Why is this newer, apparently softer version of the  act viewed by abortion advocates as a major advance?” The language in this version as opposed to Eliot Spitzer’s 2007 bill is noticeably more vague making it even more disconcerting. The reason why people like me get nervous with vague bill language is because of the lawmaking process. The lawmaking process generally follows five basic steps: 1) Laws are first written, 2) passed, 3) rules are drafted to interpret the law, 4) the rules are implemented and 5) enforced. This bill is especially dangerous because there is so much wiggle room for interpretation during the rule making phase. And guess who gets to interpret the new laws?

Many attorneys from several different organizations looked at the bill. And while the simple fact that virtually no pro-life or GOP affiliates were brought in to help craft bill language should be enough to question the bill, let us dig a little deeper.

It’s all about what the bill says and doesn’t say. To merely codify Roe as the bill indicates is to say abortion on demand through all 9 months of pregnancy will be the law. This position ignores all subsequent Federal restrictions as well as the ability of States to apply restrictions as noted in the Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood vs Casey. This alone could enshrine abortion as an untouchable fundamental right in New York.

The bill uses the word ‘viability’ as pertaining to the baby creating a relative threshold for when an abortion can be done. Fetal viability is not objectively set force in the law and is left to be defined by ‘a licensed physician.’ The baby is alive at conception so therefore by definition it is viable. But let’s not get bogged down in details here. It’s just the law not the rule. Beyond that, the physician determining viability is usually the abortionist himself. This represents a major financial conflict of interest. This is the same kind of language used in PA law which permitted Gosnell to perpetrate so many of his atrocities.

Coupled with the dubious concept of ‘viability,’ to say abortion should be made available for the life or health of the woman is curious language. According to Supreme Court case Doe vs Bolton, health is defined by the circumstances. Hence a woman can get an abortion for any reason that is or could make the mother feel a sense of discomfort (emotional, economic, etc).

To use the term healthcare provider in reference to delivery of abortions without limiting it to a licensed physician could easily mean lower level providers who don’t typically diagnose, treat, or otherwise perform surgical procedures. California this year considered a bill permitting nurses to do abortions so . . . you do the math.

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To affirm a right of conscience ‘not’ to perform abortions explicitly provides no protection for those who refuse to refer for them. Moreover, those healthcare providers who work for a State certified facility are all required to implement State law when applicable. Hence providing all women access to abortion is a foregone conclusion in hospitals, clinics, etc by policy. What happens when a healthcare provider refuses not only to abide by policy but also to refuse to participate in upholding that policy?

Additionally, abortion malpractice has been stripped from the penal code altogether. This means that botched abortions will be much more difficult to prosecute outside of the toothless medical licensure boards. This has been viewed as rolling out the red carpet for Gosnellesque quackery.

Contact your Senator to encourage them to stand firm this last week against Cuomo’s WEA which harms women and children while protecting quacks by clicking here.

Abortion Expansion–Not Out of the Woods Yet

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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.

NY Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

NY Senate Majority Leader
Dean Skelos

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.Quack 2

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.

Cuomo Holds Healthcare Hostage to Radical Abortion Agenda

ambulanceCuomo’s reproductive health act is so radical that it threatens the closure of existing hospitals and clinics. Currently in New York all hospitals and clinics must be certified by the state, and therefore must demonstrate that they adhere to all state regulations and requirements for the operations of such facilities. Some of those medical facilities are religiously affiliated, and refuse to provide or refer for abortion and contraception. If abortion and contraception become fundamental human rights as noted in the abortion expansion bill, it is the state’s obligation to ensure enforcement of access to those rights in all certified facilities. It is not possible to operate a hospital or clinic without state certification. The dilemma for these organizations is to either violate their deeply held religious beliefs, or close their doors.

Why would Cuomo hold hostage so many quality medical facilities for his abortion agenda? Why would he sacrifice quality healthcare for tens of thousands of people every day for the sake of a few more abortions? Abortion is not an issue of medical access. With over 111,000 abortions every year, New York State has the highest abortion rate in the country. If we’re going to do anything about abortion access, it should be an investigation into these high rates and restricting access so abortion cannot be used as birth control.

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Cuomo Moves to Strike Abortion from Penal Code

The Reproductive Health Act would remove abortion entirely from the NY State penal code. It begs the question: why was abortion in the penal code in the first place, if no other medical procedures were?1219484_caduceus

Answer: Abortion is not medicine.

Medicine seeks to help someone recover or maintain their health. Abortion does neither of those things. Pregnancy represents the healthy functioning of reproductive systems. Abortion impedes the natural, healthy reproductive process. Abortion is not healthcare—it’s a facelift. It is in our penal code because it should be monitored like any other elective bodily modification, i.e. tattooing, body piercing, tanning, breast augmentation, etc.

Cuomo's Reproductive Health ActThe fact that Cuomo and the NY State legislature would consider mainstreaming abortion in this way reveals either their ignorance of the medical profession or their desire to use it as a tool for their own political aspirations. In either case, considering the complete decriminalization of abortion instead of investigating the true ramifications of these elective procedures is befuddling, especially under the guise of “reproductive rights.”

New York lies in the shadow of the Gosenll trial with additional examples of fraud, abuse, and murder harbored within the abortion industry. There is example after example in states all across the country of the abuse of women at the hands of malpracticing abortionists. If we’re willing to restrict gun access because of a shooting in Connecticut, why are we deregulating  abortion access in light of the fraud, abuse, and death fouind in California, Maryland, New Jersey Pennsylvania, Illinois, yes and even New York? That kind of inconsistency at the executive level of government makes one wonder if this is really about women at all! Or is it about someone’s presidential aspirations?

Tell your representatives: Investigate, don’t legislate.

NY to Deregulate Abortionists; Destroy Pregnancy Centers

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it,” said British statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke. Similarly, those in who fail to fight the machinations of NY politicians will be doomed to their designs at the Federal level; especially when it comes to abortion and Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC).

Black Population ExtinctionCorning, New York is home to infamous Margaret Sanger, proponent of the destruction of certain races and classes of people and founder of Planned Parenthood. One way she thought to accomplish her agenda was by what she called, “Birth Control.” The African American Community in NY now meets the criteria for an endangered species. On July 1st 1970 New York legalized abortion on demand. On July 2nd, one day later, the first free standing abortion clinic opened in the Rochester/Syracuse region.  

In 2010 New York City (NYC), the abortion capital of the U.S., voted to pass a city ordinance restricting the advertising capability of pregnancy centers. At a hearing regarding that ordinance I urged that ‘the vote on this proposed NYC amendment be tabled indefinitely until such a time as a more thorough review of women’s reproductive health service standards can be done so that a more equitable and constitutionally sound alternative can be developed,’ (For my full testimony click here). However, the ordinance passed, an injunction was rendered and we await an appellate decision as to whether or not the ordinance violates the 1st amendment rights of Pregnancy Centers.

Now New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, with close ties to the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), just served a subpoena investigating pro-life pregnancy centers in NYC claiming misleading advertising. Is it a coincidence that just a few days before a NY State Senate bill was introduced in May 2013 that mirrors the NYC ordinance, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney of NYC re-introduced her Federal bill to restrict pregnancy center advertising nationwide the very next week? All this just as NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo, vows to introduce his abortion expansion bill making abortion and contraception fundamental human rights thereby paving the way for discrimination lawsuits filed against pregnancy centers and pro-life doctors.

ericschaffNew York has hundreds of abortionists who are not held accountable to current Health Department regulations similar to the debacle with Gosnell just a few short miles to the South. One abortionist who researched the abortion pill RU-486 in Rochester, NY was the Medical Director responsible for a Planned Parenthood office in Wilmington, DA that was closed for what staff RNs called, “meat-market style abortions.”

Instead of investigating to increase standards of care for women in an obviously corrupt abortion industry, NY politicians are seeking to pass legislation reducing the already low bar set for abortionists by insulating them from malpractice in cases of botched abortions as well as permitting non-doctors to perform surgical abortion. Ironically all this is perpetrated under the banner of ‘Women’s Equality.’ The provisions in Cuomo’s heinous abortion expansion bill are summarized here.

There is a legislative cancer in NY State government which, if we are not careful, will spread to the Federal government endangering Good Samaritan pro-life doctors and Pregnancy Centers. It must be stopped in NY or it will continue to metastasize. Please continue raising awareness of this unjust state of affairs. Use social media and the resources available here, write letters to the editor, contact your legislator, preach, pray, volunteer, give money.  Governor Cuomo has until the end of the legislative session, June 20th, to get what he wants. Let’s keep pushing for what’s right, together!

Abortion Expansion Bill Protects Abusers–Exposes Victims

According to the CDC, domestic violence is the second-leading cause of maternal death. Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill (the reproductive health act) will lower penalties for violence against pregnant women. Is the Governor really pro-woman?

On Dec. 18, 2012 in Oklahoma City paramedics Joanna and Timothy Hickerson, a husband and wife team for the Emergency Medical Services Authority, were called for Ronald Heatly Ronald Heatly(pictured). While in the back of the ambulance, he became violent and assaulted Joanna Hickers, then 17 weeks pregnant, kicking her and kneeing her in the stomach. Heatly was arrested on assault charges. On January 18, Joanna suffered a miscarriage. The medical examiner ruled the death of the baby a homicide because the miscarriage was a direct result of Heatly’s assault. Under the Abortion Expansion Bill, the baby would be totally ignored and Heatly could only be charged with assault.

On Jan. 11, 2013 in Jackson, MI Darlene Day was strangled to death by her boyfriend, Ben Hawkins. She was 9 months pregnant, and her family was expecting the baby any day. Day was buried on Jan 23 with her baby Ben in her arms. In Mississippi, Hawkins faces two murder charges. Under Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill, he would face just one.

On Oct. 20, 2012 in Brooklyn Vindalee Smith was anticipating her wedding the next day, and the birth of her baby boy the next month. By 9:30am police found her stabbed to death in her own home. Turns out her fiancé, known only as ‘Anthony,’ was already married to another woman. The baby Mrs. Smith had been carrying for eight months also died. Governor Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill would reduce the killer’s sentence from two homicides to one.

These are just three examples. The list goes on (and on and on). Governor Cuomo claims the RHA increases protections for women. In an America where pregnant women are more likely to die from murder or suicide than a medical complication—in a New York where 20% of pregnant women who die are murder victims—how does weakening the penal code for domestic abusers protect women?

Tell your legislators to say “NO” to the RHA.

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Cuomo Abortion Expansion Bill Goes Beyond Roe vs Wade

Governor Cuomo and proponents of the Reproductive Health Act claim that it simply codifies the US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. The RHA goes far beyond Roe, and beyond any abortion legislation any state has ever passed in creating a new fundamental human right to abortion and contraception. The historical corollary to a fundamental human right is a duty. The move from access to right is a slippery slope. The move from an individual choice to a public duty is never far behind. That’s exactly what happened in China 40 years ago resulting in gruesome government intrusion via the ‘One-Child Policy’ complete with forced abortions. That is not Roe, that’s the RHA.

poisonRoe v. Wade made abortion a legal choice. The RHA would pave the way to make abortion a legal responsibility. It starts with the government forcing medical providers to perform or refer their patients for abortion. It ends with government forcing women to be sterilized, take contraception, and have abortions.  Unless we want to redefine what a ‘right’ is, we shouldn’t consider the RHA.

One significant way that Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill goes way beyond codifying Roe vs Wade is that Roe declared a child in the womb not a person. The RHA refuses to consider the child at all.

We’ve done this before. We’ve refused to consider the personhood of categories of people—blacks, Native Americans, the mentally disabled, Jews. The powerful can do whatever they want with the sub-human: slavery, land-grabbing, forced sterilization, genocide… abortion.

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Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill Hi-Jacks Parental Rights

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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.