According to a February 6, 2019 op-ed in the New York Times by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, “The president and the religious right are spreading falsehoods about abortion laws to inflame their base.”
My questions to Gov. Cuomo are simple. First, are the president and religious right really spreading falsehoods about abortion laws? Second, how does Gov. Cuomo determine what is right and wrong when it comes to abortion?
Gov. Cuomo speaks of “the far-right’s escalation of its assault on a woman’s constitutional rights.” And he claims that President Trump, who was once “very pro-choice,” now “shamelessly courts the religious right to win votes.”
He explains that, “I just signed the Reproductive Health Act into law to protect against the Republicans’ efforts to pack the Supreme Court with extreme conservatives to overturn the constitutional protections recognized in Roe v. Wade.”
And he notes that Roe has been “repeatedly reaffirmed by the Supreme Court, in multiple decisions.”
But, he claims, the law only applies to abortions before the baby is viable.
Regrettably, “As part of their attack on women’s rights, Mr. Trump and his allies are intentionally spreading lies about New York’s Reproductive Health Act.”
What, then, does this Act allow?
“The Reproductive Health Act,” Gov. Cuomo writes, “guarantees a woman’s right to abortion in the first 24 weeks of a pregnancy or when the fetus is not viable, and permits it afterward only when a woman’s life or health is threatened or at risk. Contrary to what its detractors claim, the Reproductive Health Act does not allow abortions minutes before birth, nor does it allow third-trimester abortions “for any reason.” Third-trimester procedures are extremely rare, making up only about 1 percent of all abortions. The option is available for exactly the reason stated in Roe and successor cases: to protect the life or health of the woman.”
Ironically, despite Gov. Cuomo’s derogatory assault on tens of millions of Americans – our positions are repeatedly described as “extreme” – what he succeeds in doing in his op-ed is confirm exactly what we have been saying. Under this new law, abortions can be performed until the last minute of pregnancy “to protect the life or health of the woman.”
That is precisely our point, and that is why there has been such national outrage.
Gov. Cuomo claims to support “pluralism,” yet in the name of pluralism, he insults all people of conscience who differ with him (and, for the record, agree with the historic views of the governor’s church, the Catholic Church).
He speaks of the president’s “diatribe” in his State of the Union and of the “far right’s escalation of its assault on a woman’s constitutional rights.” He writes of efforts to pack the Supreme Court with “extreme conservatives” and describes Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh as “two extreme-right justices.”
He claims that, “Mr. Trump and his allies are intentionally spreading lies” and that, “Mr. Trump and the religious right are spreading falsehoods about New York’s law to inflame their base. Activists on the far right continue to mislead with the ridiculous claim that the act will allow abortions up to a minute before birth.”
But, to repeat, this is what the law allows, with the totally ambiguous reference to “the health of the woman.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown