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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.

Finishing 2012 Well

Finishing Well

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.

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!

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.

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?

Abortion: Just Another Emotional Issue?

People sometimes get nasty when they feel powerless. Cuomo and Obama have certainly contributed to that feeling especially when considering the height of their political hypocrisy. When a lone gunman in Sandyhook, CT is reason enough to trample the Constitutional rights of the people (who are the government by way American political philosophy) while fraud, abuse, and serial murder in abortion businesses go ignored just and wise people get angry. Politicians capitalize on terror when it suits their political agenda such as gun control and Sandyhook. Yet when serial child and woman killing sprees are uncovered in recent abortionist cases like the Kermit Gosnell trial going on now in Pennsylvania and Leroy Carhart in Maryland they turn a blind eye. To the trained observer it appears as though these career politicians are not so much concerned about child killing as much as the manner the children are killed as noted in the videos below.

However, it should be noted that abortion cannot simply be qualified as an ‘issue.’ If life and death, protecting the vulnerable pre-born, and liberating the oppressed woman from exploitation by abortionists and their complicit political counterparts is only an issue we have forgotten the gospel. Education is an issue, global warming is an issue. Abortion undermines all civilization and exterminates the most vulnerable–if it is just an issue it should be the one issue the incorporates all others.

That said emotion is necessary as life includes all human experience. However when emotion is our only response for interpreting behavior and data then we may tempted to feel that everything including abortion is just another issue in a list of issues about which some happen to be more emotionally passionate than others. All emotion, positive or negative, absent thoughtfulness is bad. By itself negative emotion legitimizes hate while positive emotion lethargy. The gospel of Jesus has no room for either. Yet, when all the facts are weighed and the reality of abortion is brought to the full light of day moral outrage, righteous indignation is the only appropriate response.