|Archbishop Timothy Dolan with then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo/NY Daily News|
This story is just developing. Thanks to a notice from New York State Catholic Conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (noted to be a practicing *CINO) is revisiting the nightmare legislation former Gov. Eliot Spitzer championed. Today in his State of the State address, he once again mentioned the Reproductive Health Act. According to the NY State Catholic Conference, "Although in his prepared remarks, Gov. Cuomo pledged to fight for the radical abortion bill known as the Reproductive Health Act, he eliminated the paragraph from the remarks he delivered and ended up saying nothing about abortion. Time will tell how the battle over this Spitzer-era bill will develop." Clearly, he thinks we will not pay any attention and no alarm will be raised if the word 'abortion' is omitted. The final transcript for the address today reads as follows:
"I will continue to vigorously protect a woman's right to choose and will fight for passage of the Reproductive Health Act. This Act protects the fundamental right of reproductive freedom and a woman's right to make private health care decisions. A woman facing an unplanned or problem pregnancy should have the opportunity to make the best decision for herself and her family. The Reproductive Health Act will ensure that the rights of individuals to make difficult and personal health care decisions are preserved."
From his previous State of the State (New York) address, January 5, 2011:
Protect Reproductive Rights
A woman facing an unplanned or problem pregnancy should have the opportunity to make the best decision for herself and her family, whether her decision is continuing the pregnancy, adoption, or abortion. I will continue to vigorously protect a woman’s right to choose and will fight for passage of the Reproductive Rights Act, which will protect the fundamental right of reproductive freedom and a woman's right to make private health care decisions.
The Reproductive Rights Act will ensure that the rights of individuals to make difficult and personal health care decisions will be preserved.Reproductive Rights Act sounds benign enough, really. +Ponderings+ has covered the legislation that then Governor Eliot Spitzer was championing for years (before he was embroiled in a very public scandal). Read that post HERE.
From my previous post in February of 2007:
According to Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference:His euphemistically titled ‘Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act’ would raise abortion to the level of a fundamental right, like the freedom of speech, and would therefore prohibit virtually any restrictions at all.NY State Right to Life's statement on the proposed legislation is HERE.
“This bill would ensure the easy availability of late-term abortions of fully formed infants, even if there was no threat to a woman’s physical health, and allow non-doctors to perform abortions. It would prohibit ‘discrimination’ regarding the right to abortion to such an extent that Catholic hospitals could be forced to provide abortions or lose their license to operate. It would prohibit parental notification, expand the over-the-counter availability of the morning-after pill to children of any age and force all insurers to cover abortion for any reason.
“In many ways, this intolerable bill is more radical than the original state law legalizing abortion nearly 40 years ago. It would potentially force the closure of Catholic health care institutions and undoubtedly lead to the deaths of countless unborn children who otherwise might have had a chance at life. No matter what Mr. Spitzer calls his bill, clearly it is not about reproductive ‘health.’ On the contrary, this bill is about death, and it must be rejected.” Source
Read the perspective of Planned Parenthood when the legislation was reintroduced to the State Assembly back in April of 2011 HERE.
When/if The Catholic Conference alert comes available, I will update this post and include a link where you can make your voice heard.
*CINO: Catholic in name only