Created: Monday, 04 November 2013 19:06
The war on the unborn is based upon a refusal to acknowledge that unborn children have any rights, or that a society has a moral obligation to protect them. This misguided movement stands for unlimited access to abortion and opposes even the slightest legal restrictions on the procedure. Unlike the phony “war on women,” the war on the unborn is a real war with real casualties. It has been waged for decades, and has tragically resulted in the unnecessary deaths of more than 55 million innocent children in the United States since the Supreme Court issued its legally baseless and morally repugnant Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Moreover, the war on the unborn has left physical, emotional, and spiritual scars on the millions of American women who have been deceived into believing the false promises of abortion advocates.
In brazen defiance of the tenets of his professed Roman Catholic faith, Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed himself to be a determined combatant in the war on the unborn. Even though the Governor was unable to pass late-term abortion expansion legislation this year, he has vowed to press forward toward that goal in 2014. At a recent political rally in Westchester County, the Governor said, “We’re going to go back to Albany in January and we’re going to tell the Republicans in the Senate and the co-conspirators of the Republicans in the Senate, you pass the Women’s Equality Act because that’s what New Yorkers believe in and that’s what New Yorkers want.”
The Governor’s comments are misleading. While there is broad support for much of the Women’s Equality Act, it would be a simple matter for the nine non-abortion-related portions of the WEA to become law. In fact, each of those nine portions of the WEA passed the Senate this year. However, there is broad public opposition to key provisions of the Governor’s late-term abortion expansion proposal, including broadening access to third-trimester abortions and allowing non-physicians to perform abortions. The reality is that some New York politicians are so committed to the war on the unborn that they refused to pass the rest of the Women’s Equality Act unless late-term abortion expansion was included in it. Talk about extreme.
It appears that Governor Cuomo is ready for a 2014 rematch in the late-term abortion expansion battle. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we are ready, too. We are thankful for the opportunity to stand for justice and mercy and against those who wage war on the unborn. In so doing, we stand with courageous pro-life leaders like Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina, 5th District), who made the following stirring and heartfelt remarks that sum up the purpose of the pro-life movement:
[Life] is the most fundamental of all rights. It’s sacred and God-given. But millions of babies have been robbed of that right in this, the freest country in the world. This is a tragedy beyond words, and a betrayal of what we as a nation stand for. Before liberty, equality, free speech, freedom of conscience, the pursuit of happiness, and justice for all, there has to be life. And yet, for millions of aborted infants, many pain-capable and many discriminated against because of gender or disability, life is exactly what they’ve been denied. And an affront to life for some is an affront to life for every one of us. One day, we hope it will be different. We hope life [will] cease to be valued on a sliding scale. We hope the era of elective abortions—ushered in by an unelected Court—will be closed, and collectively deemed one of the darkest chapters in American history. But until that day, it remains a solemn duty to stand up for life. Regardless of the length of this journey, we will continue to speak for those who cannot. And we will continue to pray to the One who can change the hearts of those in desperation and those in power, who equally hold the lives of the innocent in their hands. May we, in love, defend the unborn. May we, in humility, confront this national sin. And may we mourn what abortion reveals about the conscience of our nation… We go to extraordinary [lengths] to save not only human beings, but even animals, because we value life so much. However, there are many who do not hold the unborn in the same esteem, and that is tragic for more than one million unborn babies every year. There’s nothing more important than protecting voiceless unborn children and their families from the travesty of abortion.