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The case for how it’s a “winning” strategy for pro-abortion NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make it possible to kill more babies in the third trimester

by | Feb 21, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Pro-abortion New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

It should surprise no one that pro-lifers would instantly react to an outlandish proposal by pro-abortion New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, or that the “media” would pick upon his “Reproductive Health Act” once we exposed it for the genuinely radical proposal that it is.

Each day another story or opinion piece is rolled out. Earlier this week, The New York Times editorializes on how wonderful is Cuomo’s yet-to-formally-introduced RHA. Here’s the lead:

“New York State once led the nation in advancing women’s rights. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to re-establish that pre-eminence with an omnibus agenda on women’s equality. The most important piece of that agenda would essentially enshrine in state law existing federal protections for abortion rights.”

So, to the New York Times, the proposal represents a four-fer. It re-establishes New York State as a leader in “advancing women’s rights”; the RHA becomes just one component (although the “most important”) of a larger, much nicer sounding attempt to guarantee equality (except for the equality of all those dead babies, female or male); and, as the editorial later yammers, “A strong law would help inoculate New York’s abortion laws against future watering down of reproductive rights at the federal level”–plus it’s a poke in the eye of other states passing protective laws (“With so many forces working across the country to undermine a woman’s reproductive rights, lawmakers in New York should move solidly and swiftly in the other direction”).

This is so wrong on so many different levels, it really IS hard to know where to start. One place is to mention what is crucial to the never-enough-abortion-set which I held off listing.

They believe with a fervor that is remarkable that somehow women who want late-late-late abortions can’t get them in New York State. Of course they can and they do and they have. So proponents pounce on this notion that abortionists are reluctant to perform abortions after the 24th week and that some women may be going elsewhere.

I don’t know why Jennifer Morbelli went to LeRoy Carhart’s abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland, for her abortion at 33 weeks. What I do know is that not only is her baby dead, so is Mrs. Morbelli.

As we reported earlier today, initial findings from the Maryland medical examiner’s office are that the 29-year-old teacher from New Rochelle, New York, died because amniotic fluid seeped into her bloodstream and because of “disseminated intravascular coagulation.” Or, as one headline accurately put it, “White Plains Teacher Bled to Death After Abortion.”

Politics, obviously, play a huge role in presidential wannabe Cuomo’s calculations. “Given the novelty of Cuomo’s move, it’s hard not to put this in the context of his potential presidential ambition,” writes the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “The fact that he’s pushing for a late-term abortion change in a way other Democrats haven’t could allow him to differentiate himself on women’s rights in a Democratic primary.”

Blake argues that making it easier to get late (very late) abortions can actually be a winner for Cuomo, not just with the abortion-happy electorate that makes up the Democratic primaries, but also with the general electorate.

The gist of Blake’s argument is that while there is virtually no support for abortions in the third trimester (often defined as the last three months), but there is if there is a “serious threat to the woman’s health” (according to one decade-old poll).

But that is not why women have abortions in the third trimester. They almost always have them for other reasons, the defense of which (contra Mr. Blake) won’t boost Cuomo’s political stock. Indeed, the obsession—I use the word advisedly—with facilitating abortions closer and closer to the delivery date could boomerang. Why? How?

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is steadily working its way through state legislatures. Seven states have enacted the law, in an eighth, the measure is on a governor’s desk.

How much attention does Cuomo and his supporters really want to what is actually done to a huge, pain-capable unborn baby?

Years ago Anthony Levatino, M.D., performed abortions before he became pro-life. In his testimony last year before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee, Dr. Levatino pulled no punches in describing a “D&E” abortion–an abortion technique that dismembers the baby.

He asked the subcommittee members to “Imagine, if you can, that you are a pro-choice obstetrician/gynecologist like I once was. Your patient today is 24 weeks pregnant (LMP).”

He went on:

“Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp [an instrument for grasping and crushing tissue] grasping anything you can. At twenty-four weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls.  Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about six inches long.  Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.”

Hard as it to imagine, it gets worse. (See

Cuomo couldn’t care less about what happens to babies who are dismembered—whose bodies are literally torn apart.

He is, rather, putting something together–a coalition for 2016. One part of that coalition will be people just like himself whose consciences have been anesthetized.

Surely you can only conclude that they deserve each other.

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