Monday, March 31, 2008

Unlimited Abortion in NYS

Below is an article that is not new news, but summarizes both what Spitzer (before his fall) was trying to accomplish here in NYS, and what the two Democratic presidential candidates are doing in the Senate regarding abortion. As I’ve said before, there should be limits on abortion just as there are controls and limits on such rights as free speech and freedom of assembly. Abortion clinics should be regulated and inspected by the state, for example, to protect women’s health. Even rights specifically mentioned in the Constitution have limits placed on them. Why should abortion, an invented right not mentioned in the Constitution, be exempt? Note that this article was written before Spitzer had to quit. Write to the new Governor and ask him not to continue Spitzer’s policies in this matter.

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (D) is pushing a bill in his state’s legislature that seeks to declare abortion a fundamental right for all women. The bill would make abortions virtually immune to state regulation, end conscience protections and, most likely, force the numerous Christian-run hospitals in the state to close rather than be forced to violate their faith by carrying out abortions or referring women to abortuaries. The bill also would expand the field of people who can perform abortions while eliminating the possibility of passing restrictions that have wide public support, such as parental notification, informed consent laws and waiting periods.

Governor Spitzer rose to power in New York State with tremendous support from NARAL and Planned Parenthood, mainly due to his adamant support of abortion and his unbridled hostility towards pregnancy care centers. Coincidentally, the two leading Democratic nominees for president, Senators Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barak Obama (R-Ill.) are cosponsors of a similar bill in the U.S. Senate introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) that, if enacted, would effectively overturn most state laws on abortion. States, like Georgia, that are currently trying to reflect the pro-life majority among their population would be left with little choice but to subsidize abortions with taxpayer dollars if this legislation is passed and signed into national law.

(by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Quoted from “The Pastor’s Weekly Briefing”, an e-newsletter published by Focus on the Family, Feb. 29, 2008. Copyright © 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved.)

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