Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Governor Cuomo Statement is Call to Action

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.
“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 notificationexpand 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
NY State Right to Life's statement on the proposed legislation is HERE.
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


Anonymous said...

The new york state governor, who calls himself a 'catholic',' must be publicly excommunicated along with Pelosi and all the 'catholics' who actively support abortion (genocide).
It's time for the united states bishops to be on offense rather than constantly receiving the assaults from the state, and most sadly faux Catholics in public life.

Kelly said...

I share your disappointment and frustration with CINOs, people who are clearly Catholic in name only. Kathleen Sibelius is another who comes to mind.

These individuals who clearly vote and behave in a manner contrary to being a follower of Christ have already automatically excommunicated themselves. Canon 1364 §1: “an apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.”

The phrase “latae sententiae” means a judgment or sentence which is 'wide' (latae) or widely applied; it refers to a type of excommunication which is automatic. Such a sentence of excommunication is incurred “by the very commission of the offense,” (CCC 2272) and does not require the future particular judgment of a case by competent authority.

Bear in mind the parable of wheat and weeds in Sacred Scripture, Mt 13:24 -

"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from? He answered, "An enemy has done this.' His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up? He replied, "No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."

I don't think any Catholic individual who is faithful thinks that these people are in line with Church teachings. For that matter, I think that anyone who knows anything about Catholicism knows they're gravely out of line with our teachings.

No worries. Christ will do the harvesting and He knows which goes to the barn and which to the fire. We can't spend time focusing on those who are outside of our communion by choice. There are so many more who are looking for Christ and those people truly need our love and help.

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