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O novo Senado do Estado de Nova Iorque, eleito nas passadas eleições intercalares de novembro tomou posse em janeiro e não perdeu tempo: aprovou legislação que passa a permitir o aborto até à data prevista de nascimento do bébé (em vez do anterior limite de 24 semanas) e que permite, inclusive, a prática de aborto por profissionais de saúde em geral, não necessariamente médicos. O governador do Estado, Andrew Cuomo, congratulou-se com a nova legislação e ordenou mesmo, para assinalar o momento histórico, que a espira no topo da torre One World, sucessora das Torres Gémeas, fosse iluminada de luz rosa em jeito de celebração “urbi et orbi”.

Na verdade, trata-se de um momento que, embora trágico, é de profunda e crua verdade para os EUA e os seus políticos “progressistas”. Cai da forma mais clara a máscara da decência, da defesa dos direitos, da proteção da mulher… Na realidade, o que está em jogo, às claras, não é mais do que uma política de legalização do infanticídio, do eugenismo, da anarquia sexual. A partir de agora, quem vai saber se a criança abortada havia nascido ou não? Retira-se, se não tiver quaisquer defeitos ou deficiências indesejáveis, vive, caso contrário acaba ali. Trata-se da admissão final de que a defesa do aborto não é mais do que um lento caminho escorregadio para um estado de selvajaria final, ao jeito do Império Romano, em pleno século XXI. Numa das metrópoles mais prósperas e cosmopolitas do globo, num dos centros financeiros mais dinâmicos do planeta, uma mega-cidade que é sede das Nações Unidas e de incontáveis organizações, bancos e empresas relevantes na cena mundial, uma cidade que é praticamente um símbolo da civilização em que vivemos, este passo final para o abismo moral é de uma gravidade ímpar. No mínimo chocante. Poderia servir para acordar as nossas sociedades adormecidas, habituadas ao canto de sereias e a canções de embalar que se transformam normalmente em histórias de terror, ao despertar. Ao que chegámos… E. do S.

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92,000+ sign petition rebuking Cuomo for lighting World Trade Center to celebrate abortion

Calvin Freiburger

PETITION: Say "NO" to celebrating abortion by lighting up One World Trade Center. Sign the petition here.

UPDATE: As of 8:30PM Eastern on January 25, the petition has grown to over 92,000 signatures.

January 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSiteNews readers and other concerned pro-lifers have responded overwhelmingly to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lighting of the World Trade Center in pink to celebrate a new law enshrining a “fundamental right” to virtually-unlimited abortion in the state.

This week, New York’s state Senate voted 38-24 and the state Assembly 92-47 in favor of the so-called “Reproductive Health Act.” Cuomo, who signed the bill, called it a “historic victory for New Yorkers and our progressive values” and ordered the One World Trade Center spire to be lit in pink to mark the occasion – the same building where a memorial recognizes eleven preborn children killed in the September 11 terror attacks, Susan B. Anthony List notes.

The new law declares that “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,” erases the state’s recognition of preborn babies older than 24 weeks as potential homicide victims, removes abortion from the penal code entirely, and allows licensed health practitioners other than full doctors to commit abortions.

The New York State Right to Life Committee warns that by declaring abortion a “fundamental right,” it opens the door to invalidating “any limits on abortion” and “mandat[ing] that everyone take part in the culture of death”; prevent pregnant women whose babies are killed in violent attacks from seeing justice; and have the effect of “authorizing infanticide” by repealing the requirement that a second physician be on hand in the event that an attempted abortion past twenty weeks yields a live infant.

On Wednesday afternoon, LifeSiteNews launched a petition condemning the “outrageous” gesture and calling on Cuomo to not only apologize for the celebration but to revoke his signature on the law. As of Friday morning, that petition has 77,000 signatures.

“It is appalling that you would use this building, a symbol of peace, national solidarity and our opposition to violence against the innocent, to celebrate a highly divisive bill that legalizes the killing of the most defenseless, innocent human beings,” the petition declares.

As the petition continues to gain support, pro-life leaders across the country have spoken out against the radical new law, and many Catholic observers are calling on church leaders in the state to "excommunicate Cuomo and other pro-abortion lawmakers who claim to be Catholic while disregarding Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life and explicit condemnation of abortion. 

Jon Speed, the Christian proprietor of New York bookstore The Book Scout, peacefully protested the new law by closing his store Wednesday for one “day of mourning.” He posted a message on the store’s front door stating, “We will not collect sales tax today for a tyrannical government that murders babies.”

Dr. William Lile, a board-certified OB/GYN and pro-life public speaker who maintains the ProLifeDoc website, also spoke out to lend a medical perspective to the conversation. He released a YouTube video warning of the broader implications for the character of America, and wrote a LifeSiteNews op-ed on how medical treatment in the womb demonstrates the humanity of the preborn.

For the time being, however, Cuomo is basking in the acclaim of his pro-abortion allies. The new law is part of his vow to promote “the most progressive agenda this state [has] ever seen.”

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New York governor vows massive abortion expansion by next month

Lisa Bourne

ALBANY, New York, January 7, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life advocates in New York State have a big challenge before them in the new legislative session as pro-abortion Democrats are expected to leverage newly acquired power to advance legislation posing significant assaults on life.

Democrats took control of the New York State Senate last fall. They won eight Republican-held seats by unseating five Republican incumbents and winning three open seats.

Rabidly pro-abortion New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also won a third term, promising “the most progressive agenda this state have ever seen – period.”

For the first time the New York legislature has a super-majority of Democrats, and minus meaningful opposition the pro-abortion Dems are expected to pass two bills hazardous to life this month.

One bill would deregulate abortion and elevate the procedure to the level of a “human right,” creating a major threat to the work of pro-lifers.

The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) has been publicized as simply “codifying” Roe v. Wade in state law. It’s been pushed for passage in New York over years, previously passing in the Assembly but then been blocked in the Senate.

New York state abortion law precedes Roe v. Wade by three years, legalizing abortion in 1970. But New York's law has abortion in the criminal code, and presently does not allow non-physicians to perform abortion.

Now with President Donald Trump in office and the resulting changes in the United States Supreme Court, pro-aborts are pushing for the procedure to be codified into state law. 

However beyond establishing a so-called right to abortion in New York law, pro-life supporters say, pro-aborts seek through the Act to raise abortion to the same or greater level than the freedom of religion and speech they rely upon to offer life-saving assistance to mothers in crisis pregnancy and their unborn children.

The RHA is expected to put the religious liberty of medical providers at risk, as well as quash parental rights, allow non-doctors to perform abortions, increase tax money spent on abortions, permit abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, threaten closure of hospitals and clinics refusing to refer for abortion, decriminalize botched abortions and reduce penalties for violent crimes committed against pregnant women.

Because the law would also put the existence of medical providers who refuse to refer for abortion in jeopardy, pro-lifers say, it would have detrimental effect on the quality of medical care for women experiencing unplanned pregnancy.

Cuomo, who had said in the past that pro-life supporters have no place in New York, pledged passage of the RHA in the first 30 days of the session.  

The other proposed legislation, Assembly Bill 11150, was introduced in June of last year, and would target pregnancy centers for legislative investigation.

Local pro-life advocates see it as laying the groundwork to regulate them out of existence.  

The bill would provide for taxpayer-funded investigation of pregnancy centers by the state’s Consumer Protection Division, presuming the guilt of pregnancy centers and thus overthrowing due process.

Other aspects of A11150 are its assumption that abortion is medical standard of care, and the claim that pregnancy centers are dangerous and guilty of deceptive advertising.

“At crisis pregnancy centers, pregnant people are misled, shamed, and pressured to not seek prenatal care or abortion services,” it states.

Should Roe actually be overturned, pro-life advocates expect New York’s increasingly radical abortion laws would make the state an abortion tourism destination since most states would continue to limit the practice. 

New York’s legislative session opens January 9.