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READ IT: Catholic Bishops Rip Cuomo In Statement Over NY ‘Abortion Till Birth’ Bill

By  Amanda Prestigiacomo
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Catholic bishops of New York State released a statement calling out Democrat lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), a Catholic, in the wake of New York Senate Democrats passing the euphemistically-named Reproductive Health Act, which allows abortion of the unborn up to the moment of birth, loosens restrictions on who performs abortions, and removes abortion from the state’s criminal code.

“Our Governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress,” said the statement. “Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death.”

The statement is signed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, Bishop Terry R. LaValley of Ogdensburg, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano of Rochester, Bishop John O. Barres of Rockville Centre, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, and the auxiliary and retired bishops of New York.

“Words are insufficient to describe the profound sadness we feel at the contemplated passage of New York State’s new proposed abortion policy,” the bishops said. “We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak as a result.”

“The so-called ‘Reproductive Health Act’ will expand our state’s already radically permissive law, by empowering more health practitioners to provide abortion and removing all state restrictions on late-term procedures. With an abortion rate that is already double the national average, New York law is moving in the wrong direction,” the statement continued.

The legislation effectively erases the current limitation on abortion in NY, which is set at an already liberal 24 weeks. “Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion,” the bill states. So long as a licensed practitioner acts in “good faith,” the legislation says, a baby can be murdered in the womb up to birth in order “to protect the patient’s life or health.” Notably, the word “health” has been defined by the Supreme Court in 1973’s Doe v. Bolton to broadly include “emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.”

The bishops promised to continue to “offer the resources and services of our charitable agencies and health services to any woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, to support her in bearing her infant, raising her family or placing her child for adoption.”

Read the full statement below, via Life Site News:

A Statement from the Catholic Bishops of New York State

Words are insufficient to describe the profound sadness we feel at the contemplated passage of New York State’s new proposed abortion policy. We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak as a result.

The so-called “Reproductive Health Act” will expand our state’s already radically permissive law, by empowering more health practitioners to provide abortion and removing all state restrictions on late-term procedures. With an abortion rate that is already double the national average, New York law is moving in the wrong direction.

We renew our pledge to offer the resources and services of our charitable agencies and health services to any woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, to support her in bearing her infant, raising her family or placing her child for adoption. There are life-affirming choices available, and we aim to make them more widely known and accessible.

Our Governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress. Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death. Would that not make us truly the most enlightened and progressive state in the nation?

Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York

Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger
Bishop of Albany

Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn

Most Rev. Richard J. Malone
Bishop of Buffalo

Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg

Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano
Bishop of Rochester

Most Rev. John O. Barres
Bishop of Rockville Centre

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse

And the Auxiliary and Retired Bishops of New York State

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