THE NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: New York’s new abortion law makes us appreciate Indiana’s governor, lawmakers

Thank God for Indiana’s ongoing efforts to curb abortion in our state.

New York, on the other hand, has gone rogue.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22 — the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion — the Democrat-controlled New York state legislature passed an abortion law allowing the termination of the life of a full-term baby, as long as it is still in the womb.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo then ordered that the One World Trade Center spire be lighted in pink to celebrate the law that will ensure the loss of far more innocent lives in the coming years in his state.

Cuomo also ordered the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany to be lit pink to “celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.” He praised the new law, passed by his legislature, as “a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values.”

The Reproductive Health Act replaces a 1970 New York abortion law that was passed three years before Roe. It includes a provision permitting late-term abortions when a woman’s health is endangered. The previous law only permitted abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman’s life was at risk.

The new law also authorizes non-doctors to perform abortions.

“We have a president who has made it very, very clear that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade,” said the new leader of the New York Senate, Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers. “Today in New York we are saying ‘No. Not here in New York.'”

But the state’s Catholic bishops countered with a statement condemning the initiative backed by their Catholic governor: “Today, New York state has added a sad chapter to this already solemn date of Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.”

And the action has spurred outrage across the country.

Dr. Omar L. Hamada, a Tennessee OB/GYN and former army surgeon, told Fox and Friends in an interview Monday, “There’s absolutely no reason to kill a baby before delivery in the third trimester. … If there’s a problem, and there are problems in the third trimester, both with the babies and with the mom that require delivery, just deliver the baby. We don’t have to kill it.”

Hamada, who has delivered 2,500 babies, also reacted to Cuomo’s lighting up the World Trade Center, saying, “That’s actually sick that we’re celebrating the death of infants – of babies that could live outside of the womb right then.” agrees with John Stonestreet of the Colson Center, who said this is a moment to grieve. But, he added, “This is the pro-abortion movement exposed. This is what happens when pro-abortion politicians gain control of an entire state.”

It would be good for Hoosiers to remember the importance of voting for a governor and state legislature — as we have — who are working to make Indiana a safe place for babies to enjoy the gift of life.

Prior to the New York legislature’s vote, the bishops had issued the following statement, with which we wholeheartedly agree: “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?”