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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:
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