This morning at Mass our priest told us that New York State just passed a new abortion law with the Orwellian title of Reproductive Health Act.
This bill has nothing to do with "reproduction" or "health." It is all about expanding the law to legally kill babies.
This bill should be rightly called the Kill The Babies Act.
The new abortion law in New York allows women to kill their babies right up to the time of delivery. Gov. Cuomo said he wanted this because he fears that Roe v. Wade will be overturned, thus leaving it up to each state to decide on legalized abortion. He wants to be sure New York will be ready with the most liberal abortion laws possible.
Known as the Reproductive Health Act, the measure replaces a 1970 state abortion law that was passed three years before Roe legalized abortion nationwide. It codifies many abortion rights laid out in Roe and other court rulings, including a provision permitting late-term abortions when a woman’s health is endangered. The previous law, which was in conflict with Roe and other subsequent abortion rulings, only permitted abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman’s life was at risk.
The new law also authorizes physician assistants to perform some abortions and moves the section of state law dealing with abortion from the penal code to health statutes.Many who supported Trump said that they did so because they thought he would fight against abortion. Ironically, according to the AP article, this is one of the motivating reasons to enact this barbaric law:
Abortion rights supporters had pushed for years to update the law to reflect those rulings only to be blocked in the state Senate, long controlled by Republicans. But big election gains put Democrats in charge of the Senate this year, and the act easily cleared both chambers. Supporters said the election of Republican President Donald Trump — and his nomination of conservative justices — helped galvanize the effort.
“We have a president who has made it very, very clear that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade,” said the Senate’s new leader, Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers, who vowed to make the bill an early priority in 2019. “Today in New York we are saying ‘No. Not here in New York.’”Below is a picture of a baby born at 23 weeks. Her name is Naomi Joy Bakker. Her parents were advised to abort her because she was diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction. She was born at 23 weeks but was the size of a 19 week old, weighing just 364 grams, or 12.8 ounces. Doctors were not even sure they could get a breathing tube down her little throat, but they did.
|Naomi and her mother|
You can read Naomi's story along with three other premature babies HERE.
|Naomi holding her father's finger|
I deeply apologize for the graphic nature of the above picture of the aborted fetus, but I think it is important to realize the true nature of what is happening. This is an evil beyond comprehension.
These babies are fully developed human beings, just waiting for their organs to grow to the right size so they can breathe on their own. They have completely developed neurological systems, so they feel pain just as much as any human outside of the womb. The aborted baby pictured above suffered immeasurable agony before she died.
The Catholic Bishops of New York issued a statement regarding this new law:
Words are insufficient to describe the profound sadness we feel at the contemplated passage of New York State’s new proposed abortion policy. We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak as a result.The New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the New York Bishops in public policy matters, also issued a statement:
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Our Governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress. Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death. Would that not make us truly the most enlightened and progressive state in the nation?
Today, New York State has added a sad chapter to this already solemn date of January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. With the legislature’s passage, and Governor Cuomo’s signing of the Reproductive Health Act, our beloved state has become a more dangerous one for women and their unborn babies.
Many of the state Senators and Assembly Members who voted for this abortion expansion are mothers themselves, who felt their child toss, turn and kick in their womb, and delighted in the progress of their pregnancy. Many others, as well as our governor, are fathers, who held their partner’s hand as they viewed the ultrasound videos, watched their child squirm and rejoiced at the first sound of a heartbeat. Many of these same officials were themselves born into less-than-perfect conditions – poverty, health problems, disabilities, broken families. All overcame these issues to rise to leadership in our state, because their parents chose life for them.
We thank all of our partners in the 12-year-long fight to stop this horrendous policy, and all pro-life New Yorkers who made their voices heard in an effort to stop it. Let us all pray for the conversion of heart for those who celebrate this tragic moment in the history of our state. And we pray in a special way for the lives that will be lost, and for the women of our state who are made less safe under this law.There really are no words for this evil. I feel very much as I did when I was 17 years old in 1973 and saw the headline in the paper announcing the passage of Roe v. Wade. It was beyond my ability of comprehension to understand how it was possible to legalize the killing of babies. All I could do was cry.
This New York law is also beyond my ability to comprehend. It is an evil too big for me to grasp. It doesn't seem like it could be real.
Unfortunately, this law is all too real.
This world is filled with unspeakable evils. But nothing is more evil, no action originates more directly from Satan himself, than the willful destruction of innocent human life.
I am more ashamed than ever to be both an American and a New Yorker.
Pray. Pray. Pray.