New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law in January that legalizes abortion up until birth in many cases. He even directed the One World Trade Center and other monuments to be lit up in pink to celebrate the passage of the “Reproductive Health Act.” The Democratic governor called it “a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values.”
Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger penned an open letter to Cuomo in the Evangelist, slamming the governor’s actions. “Your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church,” he said, as he questioned Cuomo’s Catholic faith.
“Once truth is separated from fiction and people come to realize the impact of the bill, they will be shocked to their core. By that time, however, it may be too late to save the countless lives that will be lost or spare countless women lifelong regret,” he added.
In the past three years, 40 babies have been born alive after the mother had been given a botched abortion, this figure is for three states where data has been collected and is only a small percentage of the number of babies surviving abortions. Different reports have surfaced elsewhere, Minnesota has had 11 infants born alive after botched abortions.
A similar bill was proposed in the Virginia Legislature, and Democratic Gov. Northam created a controversy with his remarks and was accused of advocating infanticide: “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” Northam, a former pediatric neurologist, disputed the insinuation in his tweet: “I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.”
At his rally in New Hampshire on Aug. 15, the president referred to Northam’s remarks, “Virtually every top Democrat also now supports late-term abortion, ripping babies straight from the mother’s womb, right up until the moment of birth, and, in the case of the Virginia governor—he’s having a rough, rough time,” Trump said. “The doctor talks to the mother. The baby is now born … and then they decide whether or not to execute the baby. That is why I have asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortion, is because Republicans believe that every child is a sacred gift of God.”
Arizona has the most late-term abortions in the shortest amount of time, with the Department of Health Services in reporting, “From August 2017 to December 2017, 10 abortion reports involving fetus or embryo delivered alive were submitted to ADHS along with the physician’s statement documenting the measures taken to preserve the life of the fetus or embryo.”
“They’ve had good reporting. This is a state that takes this seriously. Arizona really is enforcing the laws on the books,” said Connor Semelsberger, a legislative assistant with the pro-life Family Research Council, to Fox News.
Strong bipartisan support helped pass legislation protecting babies born alive in Minnesota and Michigan, which “shows real contrast with the Democratic Party at the national level and at the state level,” he said.