As pro-lifers are scoring victories, with the hope of a conservative Supreme Court that might overturn Roe v. Wade, the pro-abortionists are reacting with initiatives of their own, to the point of celebrating abortion and pushing laws designed to expand the number of abortions. The governor of New York has dragged his state down into the extremes of pro-abortion fanaticism. And the governor of Illinois wants to outdo him
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been promoting and has now signed into law the Reproductive Health Act. It legalizes abortion on demand up through 24 weeks (a baby’s viability outside the womb can be 23 weeks) and makes provision for abortion after that point for the mother’s health or mental well-being all the way until birth. The measure also removes abortion completely from the criminal code and allows non-physicians to perform abortions.
Governor Cuomo said upon signing the bill, “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion…women in New York will have the fundamental right to control their own body.” To celebrate the occasion, he had the spire of the Freedom Tower, the monument memorializing the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, lit up in pink.
Governor Cuomo also has plans to get the unconditional right to an abortion up until birth written into the state constitution. That way, if Roe v. Wade were ever repealed, it won’t have any effect in New York, which would doubtless become a destination for abortion tourism.
Governor Cuomo makes much of his Catholicism politically and when it advances his agenda. He piously invoked the teachings of his church in his efforts to abolish the death penalty for murderers and other criminals. Strangely, he advocates the death penalty, without trial, for unwanted children. Read this indictment of Governor Cuomo’s hypocrisy.
Meanwhile, Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois signed an executive order providing that taxpayer money may be used to pay for abortions, through state insurance programs. He also vowed that Illinois “will be the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to guaranteeing women’s reproductive rights.”
I never cease to be astonished at such pro-abortion advocates, how they come across as so smug and self-righteous, how they pretend to be liberal and advocates of social justice, even as they implement practices that are so oppressive, so cruel, to the very weakest and most marginalized of society: children in the womb.
I commend to you this statement on the governors’ actions by the president of the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod, Rev. Matthew Harrison, pictured here with Lutherans for Life at the recent March for Life (click the box):
Here is a prayer against abortion that President Harrison is circulating:
Gracious Father, as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Your ways higher than our ways and Your thoughts higher than our thoughts. We do not understand the disregard for the work of Your hands and the wanton destruction of human life that has taken place through the atrocity of abortion. Bring an end to abortion, euthanasia and all other legal means to unjustly take life. Instill in Your people love for life as is pleasing in Your sight. Grant wisdom and strength of conviction to those who make, execute and administer our laws, that they might protect the unborn, the aged and all those whom they govern. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.
Photo: One World Trade Center spire, lit up pink, by Javan Ng via Flickr, Creative Commons License