“There’s Gold in Them Thar Wombs!”: Cuomo Chases it Down

Not everyone is into political issues, or keeps up with them, and my husband has a limited attention span for news articles on issues that have promised “nothing new” for the last few decades. For that reason, and although he is strongly pro-life, articles touching on the issue rarely get his attention: there’s a lot of yelling on all sides, but few if any saying anything new.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is helping to change that, by saying something new, extreme, and rather shocking, and by trying to codify his new words into law. Deacon Greg Kandra sums it up in a particularly good homily:

. . .In New York City today, 40% of all pregnancies, nearly half, end in abortion.

Among minorities, it’s as high as 60%. In some neighborhoods, it’s 67%. And that’s just the beginning. To some, it seems, that’s not enough.

In Albany two weeks ago, the governor of this state proposed an abortion bill that threatens to make New York the bloodiest state in the union.

It would permit unlimited late term abortion on demand – right up to the ninth month.

It would allow people who are not doctors to perform abortions.

It would declare that the “state shall not discriminate” against the right to abortion, a declaration that could threaten the very existence of Catholic hospitals. Long Island alone is home to six hospitals that could be crippled by having Medicare funds withheld if they refuse to comply.

If enacted into law, this bill would declare that abortion is a fundamental right that cannot be denied. No parental notification for minors, no limits on taxpayer funding of abortion, no limits on late-term abortions.

As I was reading this to my husband, he put his own newspaper down and listened, really listened. At this point, he stopped me, asking, “this is so extreme, so unreasonable; why is Cuomo doing this?”

I pointed out that even if Cuomo doesn’t get all of what he wants, by “settling” for even half of it, he has moved the line of scrimmage further along the interests of the pro-abortion lobby, and “he wants to be president. He is pandering to Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List because there is gold in them thar purses.”

My husband was appalled to ponder it: “a lot more than 30 pieces of silver,” he said, and it’s not going to get him to heaven.”

“Yeah, well, he’s not seeking heaven, just now,” I shrugged. “He’s seeking the White House, and power.”

Still fired up, my husband argued that Cuomo’s positions were so extreme, they should be repellent to the voters. “Who wants a president willing to kill full-term babies, or to force hospitals to act against their creed and their conscience? No one would elect a president like that!”

I didn’t have the heart to tell him that America already has. Twice. And that he’s about to put his hand on not one but two bibles, swearing by God to uphold the constitution, even as his Health and Human Services Department assaults religious conscience and the free exercise of religion, in America.

What are we to do? Well, let’s take Deacon Greg’s advice and start by reading Cuomo’s whole bill, and then sign up to participate in the 9 Days of Prayer being promulgated — starting TODAY — by the USCCB.

Be subversive: Sign up! It’s just prayer. It costs you nothing; it requires no travel of you, and it is the most uncontrollably insurrectionist act you can perpetrate against a mindset that is — when you think about it — as reprehensible as a slave-trader’s: A slave trader says, “give me money, I will give you a human being to exploit, for whatever reason you want.”

A pro-abortion politician says “give me money and votes; I will let you kill as many human beings as you choose to, for whatever reason you want.”

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  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Lord have mercy. Can we sink even lower? This is all the outcome of this past disasterous election, where Catholics actually gave Obama a majority of our vote. Left wingers have been emboldened. All those moderates or independents or non-commitants who claim it doesn’t matter who you vote for, REFLECT ON THIS. There are two sides to choose from. You have to pick the best possible. There is no third choice.

    Please Cardinal Dolan, excuminicate this man. Set an example. That might stem the tide.

  • Fiestamom

    Oh my Lord, this is awful. And Cuomo is a Catholic. In prayers, and especially at Mass, I pray for the conversion of Sebelius, Kerry, Biden, John Roberts, Sotomayor, now I’ll add Cuomo. Please, Jesus, change their hearts! (& those who support them).

    I watched the short video documentary about Kermit Gosnell and the horrors he perpetuated. I wonder if voters truly know how cruel abortion is? The prop abort politicians all know. Obama voted 4 times to let a baby born alive be left to die. We deserve this.

  • Elaine S.

    “even if Cuomo doesn’t get all of what he wants, by “settling” for even half of it, he has moved the line of scrimmage further along the interests of the pro-abortion lobby”

    I suspect that is exactly what is going on. Either this is a trial balloon to gauge public/legislative reaction or this is an intentional overreach, so that he can appear to be all “moderate” and “conciliatory” when he backs off on some of these proposals. Even if they all go down in flames, he can still tell PP, Emily’s List, et. al., “Hey, I tried!”

    And yes, although I am not normally eager to excommunicate anyone, if this isn’t cause for public excommunication I don’t know what is.

  • Brian F.

    One flaw in this article is picking on the mayor for supposedly “following the money.” Don’t forget that ALL politicians follow the money. It’s how politics works.

    Additionally, the government shouldn’t support religious institutions in any way; that’s how state and church are supposed to be separate. If a Catholic hospital would go under because it looses government support (for not following the law), then I challenge the Catholics to dig deeper into their funds and support the hospitals themselves.

    On a side note, let’s look at an abortion today: http://www.thisismyabortion.com/. Not exactly killing babies. Ms. Scalia does bring a good point: the bill is so extreme that it will be adjusted to “move the line of scrimmage.” That’s how the game is played. I’m glad the line is moving.

    [Wow. Your "side note" can be countered with this one but more importantly, I am almost offended by how poorly thought out your assertion is. Allowing abortions, as Cuomo wants to do, through the 9th month of gestation is not killing babies? Really? Partial birth abortion where all but the head is delivered and the scissors are shoved into the infant's skull and the brains sucked out, that's "not killing babies?" I may have to kick you out from this site just b/c of your gross disingenuousness. Or if not for that, perhaps b/c of your apparent gladness that as lines move, more and more deaths will occur. -admin]

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  • Victor

    (((A pro-abortion politician says “give me money and votes; I will let you kill as many human beings as you choose to, for whatever reason you want.”)))

    Listen Victor! You so called “MEN” are not woman and could never carry a child to full birth so don’t ya so called Jesus followers try giving ladies who are not ready to want to be a mother a guilt complex. You know as well as all of U>S (usual sinners) that the problem is with your LORD who doesn’t really care about the unborn so called child otherwise, HE would have done something about “IT” a long time ago to save them. Personally Victor if ya put your trust in the Almighty dollar, you can enjoy life a LOT more NOW.

    Hey sinner vic! I must admit that your weathy seduction sounds great butt between you, me and anyone else who wants to listen, HE’s already done something about “This Curse” and your 92% so called gods will learn about “IT” in GOD (Good Old Dad) loving time.

    Long story short sinner, round and round, all of U>S (usual sinners) will go trying to save our little retired soul and our sinning pride of our sins won’t even listen to that little retarded soul.


    STOP TRYING TO SCARE u>s Victor.

    What’s to be scared about?



  • Cowboy

    Abortion isn’t killing babies anymore, Brian? Really? It’s more like removing strawberry jam that somehow got inside of a woman inconveniently??

    Biology. Finance. Constitution. A game? Really?

  • Hannah Smith

    In Victoria, Australia, we have abortion to 9 months legal. the worst abortion law outside of China. Viable aborted babies have been born alive and not assisted because it was an abortion and there has been introduced a new term “post birth abortion” You can imagine the ramifications of these words. Brian this comment of yours needs challenging “If a Catholic hospital would go under because it looses government support (for not following the law), then I challenge the Catholics to dig deeper into their funds and support the hospitals themselves” Catholics pay taxes too. Perhaps they should stop paying taxes and support the hospitals instead. Brian you cant have it both ways.

  • Skay

    The Constitution gives us freedom OF religion–NOT freedom FROM religion, Brian.

    “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these
    liberties are of the gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

    Thomas Jefferson 1781

    We have staked the whole future of Ameerican civilization,not upon the power of government,far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity ….to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

    James Madison 1778

  • Another Brian

    Separation of Church and state has become the favorite tool of persecution by “progressives”. They love part 1 of the establishment clause. Part 2 (nor prohibit the free exercise thereof) is problematic for them, so they just ignore it.

    St. Athanasius, pray for us that God raises up one like yourself willing to accept great personal sacrifice for the Truth.

  • http://leelusplace.blogspot.com leelu

    I guess the lawyers have finally managed to teach everyone else to eat their young.

  • Laurie

    What Gov Cuomo is proposing, or testing by ‘trial balloon’ is to degrade, devalue human life even more. He appears to be seriously afflicted with a deity complex. Being a physician myself, I wouldn’t perform such a procedure – even if compelled by law and/or to lose my job as a consequence. Moreover, you would be hard pressed to find any physician who would do so. Those physicians who do perform late-term/partial birth abortions, they have already lost their basic moral compass.

  • Alexandra

    Any one who voted for Obama and calls him/herself Catholic is NOT Catholic. Period. You cannot be a true Catholic and be fore abortion. And that goes for Cuomo, who is as much a Catholic as that motorcycle out front.

  • Adam

    “I guess the lawyers have finally managed to teach everyone else to eat their young.”

    Oh, come on. I’m a Catholic, pro-life lawyer, and so are a lot of my Catholic lawyer friends. No need to dump an entire career field into Gehenna–especially when so many of them are working to change the culture for the better.