If you think the socialist overlord of the People’s Republic of New York is hard on gun owners, you should see the treatment unborn babies get. Christians who take their faith seriously don’t fare well under his rule either:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seeks to impose a radical new abortion regime on the state, one that goes far beyond the euphemistic byword “choice.” The bill would in fact limit many choices, for instance the choice of Catholic hospitals and other institutions with moral objections to decline to allow abortions to be performed in their facilities. It would limit the choices of organizations that counsel pregnant women if their counseling were held to be insufficiently enthusiastic about abortion. It would limit the choices of organizations that seek to help women in crisis without involving themselves in the politics of abortion.
But Cuomo’s “Reproductive Health Act” proves that sometimes even liberals can favor deregulation.
It would among other things allow persons other than physicians to perform abortions. That is an innovation borrowed from Jerry Brown’s California, where midwives and nurses are permitted to perform abortions. The State of New York will not permit a burly man to lift a box without a state permit to operate a moving company, but gynecological surgery apparently is to be considered a matter for immediate regulatory relief.
That’s because our liberal rulers don’t care whether boxes get lifted. They do care that abortions be performed — although they already are in great number.
Two in five pregnancies end in abortion in New York City; the rate for black women is 60 percent. The statewide figures are lower, but they are high enough. There are about 250 abortion clinics in the state, and 93 percent of the state’s women live in a county that is home to an abortion facility, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Nationally, abortion kills the equivalent of the combined populations of Atlanta and Cleveland every year. All that with no help from Governor Cuomo.
You couldn’t increase abortion access for New Yorkers without putting a baby butchery on every street corner. What then is the point?
The issue is political domination. The abortion party does not brook resistance, and it steadfastly seeks to ensure that everybody has a hand in its grisly business: taxpayers, employers, priests. All must be implicated. If a religious hospital declines to provide abortions, then it must be forced to do so. If a counseling center treats adoption as preferable to abortion, it will either change its mind or have its mind changed for it by the gentle persuasion of the State of New York.
Like the abortion provisions in the Patient Protection Act [a.k.a. ObamaCare], Governor Cuomo’s proposal is a gross assault on individual liberties.
As its avatars Cuomo and Obama have been making increasingly clear, at bottom leftism is tyranny for the sake of tyranny; evil for the sake of evil.
On a tip from St. Gilbert.