After years of working to protect unborn human beings from being legally killed, there is little that continues to startle me that pro-abortion supporters can come up with, but the New York Times was able to shock me this week. If their intention was to offend and insult the intelligence of every New York woman, and every individual who possesses basic decency, then they truly succeeded. But my supposition is that they would be surprised to hear such a response. More than likely, they are so entrenched in their own vacuum of pro-abortion groupthink, they don’t even recognize the, frankly, cruel conclusions at which they have arrived. In their editorial of 11/10, the New York Times Editorial Board laid down the law for newly-reelected Governor Cuomo’s second term. The second point of their list of priorities? That he should continue, even with the newly-elected pro-life majority in the state senate, to push for all ten planks of his “Women’s Equality Act.”
It should be noted that it is only one plank- the 10th, which would enshrine third trimester abortion into New York State law, and allow non-doctors to perform abortions- which has caused any controversy. The other nine enjoy wide support throughout the state and the legislature. But, even in New York, the abortion-expansion point is so unpopular on it's own(as evidenced bya poll last year commissioned by the Chiaroscuro Foundation showing that 80% of New Yorkers oppose unlimited abortion through all nine months, and 75% oppose changing the requirement that a doctor perform abortions) that the only chance the governor and his pro-abortion allies would have at passing it is to shackle it to other pieces of popular, and important, legislation. So vital are these other pieces, that even staunch pro-abortion advocates have broken away saying that, at the very least, we must pass stronger protections for victims of human trafficking. Even they realized how tone-deaf they appeared to have the gall to say they stood for “women’s rights” while allowing these important protections to languish in the legislature, hostage to an unrelated abortion-expansion bill. Despite even those outcries, the Assembly leadership has refused to consider the 10 points individually. A thinking, compassionate, person might wonder why this could be.
Thankfully, we have the New York Times to explain it to us (emphasis mine): “Second, Mr. Cuomo has put women’s rights high on his agenda, and it should stay there. His package of proposals — and he should continue to demand the whole package, not pieces of it — includes stronger human trafficking laws, new protections for victims of domestic violence, protection of students from sexual violence on campuses and pay equity for women. The most important piece would protect a woman’s right to choose, a state effort to reinforce the rights provided by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade.”
MORE IMPORTANT than stronger human trafficking laws. MORE IMPORTANT than new protections for victims of domestic violence. MORE IMPORTANT than protection of students from sexual violence on campuses. The MOST IMPORTANT bill related to women’s rights is to enshrine the right to kill a fully-formed human baby for any reason. You should be appalled; but you shouldn't be surprised.
For two years these protections have sat in the legislature, unmoving while the Senate refused to expand abortion in a state that already has the illustrious title of the abortion capital of the country. For two years the assembly has sat on legislation that would actually protect women who are at-risk, and they have been allowed to control the narrative that those of us who would protect women at ALL stages are somehow waging a war. If the mid-term results didn’t bury that ridiculous catchphrase, I don’t know what will. But it’s time to take this conversation back.
If you don’t agree with the New York Times that killing a baby in the third-trimester of pregnancy is MORE IMPORTANT than protecting victims of human trafficking, join with me in doing something about it. New York State Right to Life is working to get the word out about this horrifying sentiment and make sure that their editorial board can no longer ignore how out of touch they are with their readers.
Will you take 30 seconds and send a tweet @nytimes with something #moreimportant than abortion? Make a difference and send a message. But also send a letter to the editor to their board respectfully stating that women’s equality doesn’t- and shouldn’t- require killing our children.
It’s clearly an idea they’ve never heard before.
HIGH-SPEED INTO FALL!
As New Yorkers settle back into fall and back-to-school schedules and we bid goodbye to Summer, the opportunity for pro-life action is greater than ever! Check out our Get Involved page for details on all of these upcoming events!
April 10, 2014
The following statement can be attributed to Barbara Meara, Chairman.
New York State Right to Life Statement Response to Health Commissioner Resignation
“The Real War on Women Just Lost a General”
The NYS Right to Life Committee is relieved that the State Commissioner of Health, Nirav Shah, has stepped down in the face of criticism from pro-life groups and from the Republican candidate for Governor, Rob Astorino that the safety of women has been sacrificed to protect the abortion industry.
According to the records obtained by the Chiaroscuro Foundation by a Freedom of Information request, only 17 of the 225 abortion clinics in New York State were inspected over the last 13 years. And the names of the clinics that have been inspected are not available to the public.
The silence from our Governor and other Democratic leaders has been deafening. With few exceptions, like Sen. Diane Savino and Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz, there has been no sense of outrage from those who claim to be the great defenders of women.
In fact, it is they who wage a "war on women" by ignoring the complications of abortion and then ignoring the lack of standards of care in the abortion clinics. (And by refusing to pass a ban on sex-selective abortion.)
Despite the horrors that were uncovered during the Gosnell trial last year and the revelations by Live Action, a pro-life organization that recorded abortion clinic workers in New York State telling people posing as a pimp and a prostitute how to get abortions for underage girls, neither the Governor nor the State Health Commissioner has taken any action.
The tired claim that the neo-feminist abortion defenders are the champions of women just gets more absurd by the day. True feminism rejects any form of violence against women and children.
Now, we will see if Governor Cuomo steps up and calls for compliance with basic health safety standards for abortion clinics or continues to act as their defender in chief.
March 4, 2014
Three obstetrician/gynecologists offer their expert opinion regarding the abortion expansion measures being pushed by Governor Cuomo and supported by Senator Tim Kennedy in the Buffalo News:
Due to advances in neonatal care over the last 30 years, after 24 weeks’ gestation, babies are capable of surviving outside their mother’s womb. When the continuation of pregnancy after 24 weeks constitutes a serious risk to a woman’s health and life, or there is a need to treat serious medical or surgical diseases in the mother (cancer), in high-risk maternity units throughout the state, obstetricians safely and legally “terminate pregnancies.” This maternal life and health saving “termination of pregnancy” is called delivering the baby.
...these tiny and precious babies deserve our love and care, even if it is only for a brief moment in their mother’s arms.
Protecting Unborn Children is Too Extreme?
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!!
On Friday, January 17th, Governor Cuomo told The Capitol Pressroom,
"Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life..... Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."
New York State Right to Life Executive Director Lori Kehoe quickly responded,
"If he wasn't serious, it would almost be laughable that Governor Cuomo, who still advocates for no protective regulation on up-to-birth abortion, would consider the pro-life position to be extreme. New Yorkers stood up in force against his violent abortion agenda last year and, as a result, the Senate held the line against third trimester abortion. The facts speak for themselves. It's clear who is too extreme for New York, and it's certainly not the majority of New Yorkers who are opposed to expanding our already-extreme abortion law."
Pro-lifers know that without life, there are no other rights. New Yorkers know we need to stand up for the vulnerable among us. Please join us in this effort. Governor Cuomo thinks we're too extreme for New York, but there's nothing extreme in protecting the right to life.
Sign our petition now to take a stand for Life!
It is critically important that YOU and all New Yorkers come to Lobby for Life Day to show your support for the dignity of all human life! For more information, click here.
The Governor’s abortion agenda involves enshrining a barbaric federal law from the last century. We don't need abortionists like Kermit Gosnell setting up their horrific third trimester abortion business to New York State! Click here to sign the petition.
2013 Convention Update
Hundreds of New Yorkers attended New York State Right to Life's 2013 Convention on Saturday, October 19, in Oneonta, NY! Recordings of the speakers can be heard here. The slides accompanying the presentation given by Burke Balch, J.D., director of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, can be found here.
June 5, 2013
Today Governor Cuomo will visit Seneca Falls, site of the 1848 women’s rights convention, to discuss his so-called Women’s Equality Act.
This is a shameless act comparable to defamation of character.
The Seneca Convention was organized by strong, pro-life feminists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. To them, pro-life feminism would have been a redundancy. Stanton’s articles in The Revolution spoke against the “murder of children, either before or after birth” (February 5, 1868).
Like Stanton, true feminists today reject violence as an answer to social problems. We are horrified by the governor’s push for enshrining third trimester abortion in New York State law and worse – including it in something that pretends to defend the equality of women. Alice Paul, author of the original Equal Rights Amendment (1923), once asked, “How can one protect and help women by killing them as babies?”
Worldwide, when unborn children are aborted for sex selection reasons, it is overwhelmingly little girls who die. The Governor has still failed to embrace a ban on sex-selection abortion in our state.
In fact, if New York State had protections against sex-selection abortion the Governor’s absurdly named Women’s Equality Act would overturn them.
The Governor’s newly released abortion expansion agenda seeks to enshrine third trimester abortion into state law and withdraws the requirement that a physician perform them. Current law protects children after 24 weeks and states that only a duly licensed physician may perform an abortion. This bill repeals that section and allows anyone to perform an abortion (Article 125.05 Penal Law).
According to the Centers for Disease Control, New York already has the highest level of induced abortion in the nation. In 2009, 119,996 of New York’s children lost their lives to induced abortion.
New York does not need more abortion. If anything, we need to address the underlying issues that make women feel like they have no other choice than to end the lives of their children. As modern day feminist Frederica Mathews-Green put it so well, “No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.”
New York State can and must embrace both the mother and her child. We can and we must love them both.
June 5, 2013
The following statement can be attributed to Lori Kehoe, Executive Director, NYS Right to Life:
The governor’s Women’s Equality Act is nothing more than a Trojan Horse— a beautifully gift-wrapped package of death and destruction.
The Governor’s newly released abortion agenda involves enshrining a barbaric federal law from the last century. Under Roe v. Wade, abortionists like Kermit Gosnell can kill babies with a heartbeat, babies capable of feeling pain, babies who are full term and waiting to be born. Instead of protecting these children, the governor is dragging New York in the wrong direction.
Current law states that only a duly licensed physician may perform an abortion. This bill repeals that section and allows anyone to perform an abortion (Article 125.05 Penal Law).
The bill offers no guidance on how viability is determined.
Supreme Court precedent holds that determining the viability of babies is left entirely to the abortionist’s discretion. Allowing abortionists to determine the viability of babies is a major conflict of interest that should be remedied— not enshrined in New York State law.
Roe allows for abortion until the moment of birth. Currently, babies in the womb are protected in New York State law after 24 weeks (Article 125 Penal Law), except to save the mother’s life.
This bill would repeal that law and insert a "health" exception, broadly interpreted by the courts to include age, economic, social and emotional factors. If the governor has his way, third trimester abortion will become commonplace in New York State. This will expand abortion and increase the already staggering death toll.
If a mother needs to end her pregnancy in the third trimester, it can be safely ended with a C-section. A C-section takes minutes and results in a newborn baby. No one has to die. A third trimester abortion takes days endangering a mother’s life and results in a dead baby.
The Women’s Equality Act is unclear about conscience protections. The term healthcare provider is not defined. The bill says nothing about protecting those who oppose referring or counseling for abortions – even third trimester abortions.
We don’t need abortionists like Kermit Gosnell setting up their horrific third trimester abortion business in New York State.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, New York already has the highest level of induced abortion in the nation. In 2009, 119,996 of New York’s children lost their lives to induced abortion. Approximately 40% of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. Among African Americans in New York City, that number climbs to 60%. In short, New York does not need more abortion. If anything, we need to address the underlying issues that make women feel like they have no other choice than to end the lives of their children.
Contact your state senator NOW and tell them to oppose the abortion-expanding "women's" bill.
Call 518-455-2800 to be connected to your senator's office.
Abortionist Gosnell Convicted-Some Babies Safe Now
May 14, 2013
Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of three counts of murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter. He will never again murder tiny newborn or almost born babies in a violent, painful way. He will never again subject women to cruel and dangerous conditions in his clinic which has been described as a "house of horrors."
But babies continue to be killed violently and painfully even in abortion clinics that appear to be clean and sterile-and their mothers are often damaged too.
Just recently a young woman from New York State and her baby were killed by Dr. LeRoy Carhart in a facility in Maryland. Jennifer was 33 weeks pregnant with her daughter whom they had named Madison.
And in the Bronx, New York, a woman who was 23 weeks pregnant went undercover at Dr. Emily's clinic to find out how late term abortions were handled. She was told to flush the baby down the toilet if it was expelled (born) unexpectedly at home or bring the baby to the clinic where he or she would be put in a jar and covered with a toxic solution that would stop it (sic) from moving.
Dr. Gosnell's "clinic" was not the only place guilty of atrocities. There is no way to kill babies that is not atrocious.
NYS Right to Life Begins Radio Buy to Expose
Governor's Abortion Expansion Agenda
NYSRTL is airing radio ads in several media markets in
New York State starting this week.
April 8, 2013
We hope to alert the people of New York to the extreme nature of Governor Cuomo's abotion expansion agenda--alowing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, allowing non-doctors to perform this surgical procedure and threatening the conscience rights of those who don't wish to be complicit with abortion. The bill seeks to make abortion a fundamental human right, comparable to freedom of religion or freedom of speech.
We ask all citizens who are concerned about the proliferation of abortion in New York, which is already known as the "abortion capital of our nation," to contact their state senators and ask them to vote against the Reproductive Health Act whether it appears alone or as part of the "Women's Equality Act."
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National Right to Life President Carol Tobias on Health Care Rationing in the Obama Health Law:
Learn more about rationing in the Obama Health Law from NRLC's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at http://nrlc.org/HealthCareRationing/.
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