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Release: New York State Abortion Rate Lowest Since Legalization in 1970

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2014

Contact: James R. Harden, M.Div. President/CEO, CompassCare

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New York State Abortion Rate Lowest Since Legalization in 1970

Rochester, NY—On April 7 New York State published its Vital Statistics for 2012. The data reveals that the number of abortions statewide hit an all-time low since abortion was legalized in 1970. In the last five years alone (between 2008 and 2012) the number of abortions dropped 18%.

Leading the way in the decline are Nassau County on Long Island with a 49% reduction, Westchester County north of NYC with a 40% reduction and Rochester and Monroe County in Upstate with 34%. “Actually, while Monroe County has seen the abortion numbers drop by more than a third it is also the only County of the ‘biggest losers’ with a consistent annual reduction over the last five years,” said Jim Harden, President of CompassCare. Harden claims that his agency was responsible for serving 42% of the total number of women making up the difference of the abortion decline in Monroe County from 2008-2012.

New York State has been labeled the abortion capital of the United Sates with more abortions occurring per capita than any other State. New York City, then, would be the epicenter of the abortion capital. Yet even there the abortion rate has declined 3% from 38% to 35%.

New York State is one of the few States in the Union that actually require abortion reporting and this recent round of data seems to underscore the national abortion reduction trend of 13% between 2008 and 2011 according to a recent Guttmacher study. Abortion advocates claim that the reason for the reduction is increased effective use of contraception across the population.

Regarding the contraception claim Jim Harden notes, “Abortion is obviously connected to pregnancy. Therefore it would stand to reason that if there is increased effective use of contraception across the population one would expect that the overall pregnancy rate would be declining at the same rate as abortion. But that is not what is happening, at least in NY.”

In fact the 2012 data shows that the abortion rate declined 4.7 times faster than the pregnancy rate since 2008. Harden went on to say that the inverse also does not appear to be true: “The only place where the pregnancy rate went up significantly was Albany. There the abortion rate jumped 13 times faster than the pregnancy rate. This translates into 96% of all additional pregnancies ending in abortion. It is a ghoulish outlier. When there is virtually a 1:1 pregnancy to abortion ratio something, somewhere is profoundly broken.”

Is it purely coincidence that this alarming outlier is happening in and around NY’s capital, which has been pushing for absolute abortion deregulation via the Women’s Equality Act? National abortion foes claim that the 13% decline is directly related to increased State level regulation. Yet despite New York’s aversion to regulating abortionists the rates continue to drop all the same. Why then is the abortion trend reversing if both the reasons the pro-lifers and pro-aborts use are not backed up by the data? Harden said, “A cultural shift away from abortion as an accepted norm has begun.”

I’m a Pro-life New Yorker #prolifeNY

Pro-life New YorkerGovernor Andrew Cuomo, during a recent radio interview remarked that pro-lifers are extreme conservatives who “have no place in New York” have no place in representative government. Later New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio backed Cuomo’s statements “100%.”

Spread the message on social media that you are a pro-life New Yorker. Join the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who favor common sense restrictions on abortion rather than the extremist deregulation of it through all nine months of pregnancy like Cuomo proposed in 2013 and once again in his 2014 State of the State address deceitfully entitled ‘Women’s Equality.’

Change your Facebook photo telling everyone that you are one of those people Cuomo in his radio interview. When posting or re-posting anything that has to do with Cuomo use the hash tag #prolifeNY.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Docs Say Abortion Expansion Bill Intrudes on Doc/Patient Relationship

Doctors say legislating abortion as a fundamental human right only disrespects the medical profession and destroys the sacred trust a doctor has with his/her patient.

Scores of medical clinicians are voicing their official protest here.

NY Abortion Expansion Act: Update or Deregulate?

It appears that New York government has a case of political schizophrenia. Is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s radical abortion agenda (See RHA) merely about updating current New York law to match the Federal statute as Senator Stewart-Cousins insists or is it something else? This is what Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said about it in a recent interview.

By way of stubborn fact two things should be pointed out:

  1. The RHA goes way beyond updating. A recent comparison of the Federal statute and Cuomo’s proposed legislation cuts through the smoke and mirrors.
  2. Cuomo himself says its not about merely updating New York law to Federal law.

Cuomo on Reproductive Health ActWhen asked about the purpose of the Reproductive Health Act on February 17th the governor gave the real reason for ‘updating’ the law according to Jessica Bakeman writing for the Democrat and Chronicle as ensuring State laws are as liberal as they can be so that when Roe is overturned access to abortion is maintained. “‘Maybe not this year, but it could happen,” he said, ‘and if you have a state law, you’re protected.’”

So according to Cuomo himself the Reproductive Health Act is about abortion expansion and not about reconciling current NY State law with Federal statute. He is actually afraid the Federal statute will be reversed. If he was about keeping NY law in lockstep with Federal statute he would be apologizing for things like the Marriage Equality Act or the gun control Safe Act. But how does Cuomo’s words square with Stewart-Cousins’ portrayal of his support of the measure as merely sauntering through the meadow of sexual health updating here, trimming back there? It can’t be both. If Cuomo’s primary concern is matching State law with Federal statutes then he would repeal recent gun control measures as well as the marriage equality act. But Cuomo himself said in his recent state of the State address that he wants New York to be the progressive leader for America. No, says Cousins, he just wants to keep things updated. If he really were concerned about codifying federal statutes then his concern that Roe would be overturned would only cause him to cool his political jets about passing a bill that would shortly have to be repealed anyway to keep things ‘updated.’

On the other hand we could take Cuomo at his word. In which case we would understand that he is only interested in a radical abortion expansion agenda. Hence we are left to presume that Stewart-Cousins’ notion of merely codifying Roe is political propaganda designed to misguide NY citizens and cement NY as the abortion capital of the U.S.

What would be really nice is if Cuomo consulted with the New Yorkers he presumes to represent. Here is a link to a poll if he would care to read it. If he did he would find a super majority in opposition to the abortion expansion measures he is proposing such as allowing non-physicians to perform surgical abortion procedures, pitting parental rights against the state by making contraception a fundamental human right, threatening discrimination lawsuits for medical providers who refuse to refer for abortion, reducing penalties for crimes against pregnant women, etc, etc. Cuomo’s abortion expansion agenda is bad for women, bad for the medical profession, bad for parents, certainly bad for babies, and should be toxic to anyone’s political career.