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Andrew Mark Cuomo (/ˈkwoʊmoʊ/; born December 6, 1957) is an American politician, author, and lawyer serving as the 56th and current Governor of New York, since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms.

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The undercover investigation involved an investigator seeking an abortion at 23 weeks of pregnancy at Emily’s Women’s Center in the Bronx. At the time, abortions were legal for any reason up to 24 weeks in New York. In January, however, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law allowing unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.

In the video, the abortion clinic worker explained that an abortion at 23 weeks – about six months – would be a two-day procedure. Then woman asked what would happen if, while at home after the first day, she would give birth to a living baby.

“If it comes out, then it comes out,” the worker said. “Flush it … or put it in a bag” and bring it back to the abortion facility.

Asked how common 23-week abortions are, the worker said they see women at her stage “every day.”

The worker also told the woman not to call a hospital if something went wrong. At another point, the worker said the reason is because the hospital could force her to give birth to a live baby.

The U.S. Senate plans to vote Monday on legislation that would stop infanticide and require appropriate medical care for babies who are born alive after a failed abortion. Pro-abortion Democrats have been trying to block the legislation for weeks. The largest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood, also is lobbying to keep infanticide legal in such cases.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, the Nebraska Republican who is the sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, told LifeNews that he appreciates the upcoming vote.

“A lot of Senators spend a lot of time telling people how they fight for the little guy. Well, here’s the chance for them to prove it,” Sasse said. “We’re going to have a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and everyone is going to have to put their name by their vote.

“It’s cowardly for a politician to say they’ll fight for the little guy but only if the little guy isn’t an actual 7-pound baby who’s fighting for life. It shouldn’t be hard to protect newborn babies – let’s pass this legislation,” he said.

National polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortion up to birth and infanticide. Doctors indicate abortions are never needed to protect a woman’s health. At the same time, women are admitting publicly to having late-term abortions on healthy babies during healthy pregnancies.

Daily Wire

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Comedian and pollical commentator Steven Crowder pulled off an undercover operation to expose the reality of late-term abortions in America, which we are so often told to be essentially a myth unless the mother's life is in danger.

LifeNews.com

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Planned Parenthood Opposes Bill to Stop Infanticide: "Another Restriction on Women's Access to Health Care"

Conservative Tribune

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An undercover video shows a New York abortion facility worker promising a would-be client a baby breathing following a procedure would be drowned.

The Federalist

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We cannot dismiss the campaign to legalize pedophilia as fringy stuff that will get nowhere. It’s real and it’s here and it’s gaining strength.

The Political Insider

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It reads bluntly, 'Thanks for nothing, AOC!' — and while it's only there for one week, it's sure to make an impact

LifeNews.com

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A New York pastor is calling on Christians to join him for a day of protest and repentance after the state legalized abortions up to birth.

Pastor Jon Speed, of Syracuse, wants Christians to strike against “the gruesome infanticide law” that passed last month, Fox News Radio 1310 reports.

The Day of Mourning is slated for this Saturday, Feb. 23. Organizers are encouraging Christian business owners to close their stores, and all Christians to wear black, refuse to shop and spend time in prayer and repentance for the national sin of abortion.

Speed led by example in January when he closed his book store, The Book Scout, in protest of the pro-abortion law. His simple protest gained national attention, and the enthusiastic response inspired him to do more.

“Others said we want to do the same sort of thing,” Speed told 1310 KLIX. “We’re calling for Christians to shut their stores down, and not shop on that day, wear black, really approach it as a day of mourning, a day to repent and pray and seek God’s mercy on our nation for this terrible slaughter of innocent babies.”

He told The Christian Post that the idea of shutting down business for the day is to not collect sales tax for the state. It is just one of many ways people can take a stand against abortion, he said.

The protest will include a rally at 1 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany near where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and pro-abortion lawmakers passed and celebrated the pro-abortion law.

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The New York law allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. It repeals protections for pregnant victims of violence, and prohibits the state from enacting even minor, common-sense abortion restrictions.

“To celebrate this unbelievable depravity they lit the One World Trade Center in pink!” the event website states. “Women used to celebrate motherhood and find joy in their children. Today, in places like New York City, they are taking joy in destroying their children. N.Y. State has crossed a line of inhumanity that should drive us to our knees.”

Speed said many people contacted him in support of his January protest, among them were women who regretted aborting their unborn babies.

“We had a volunteer here going through the voicemails and she finally said I can’t listen to it anymore. And we asked her why and she said because people are calling and about half-way through their messages they start weeping,” he told The Post. “It was emotionally draining. There are a lot of heartbroken people out there.”

Speakers at the rally include bestselling authors and speakers David and Jason Benham, and Activist Mommy blogger Elizabeth Johnston.

More than 20 other cities are holding similar events for those unable to attend the main protest in New York. For more details, visit DayofMourning.org.

Daily Wire

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On Tuesday evening, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a series of tweets defending her role in ultimately killing the Amazon HQ2 deal, which would have brought 25,000 jobs to her district and nearly $30 billion in tax revenues to the state, and emphatically asserting that she does "understand" how tax incentives work.

The defensive thread was prompted by criticism from Crain's New York Business editor Erik Engquist, who said that while he usually defends the democratic socialist congresswoman as intelligent, her troubling comments about the state "invest[ing] those $3 billion" instead of supposedly giving it to Amazon has left him speechless.

"If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to," the freshman congresswoman said last week. "We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to."

"I’ve been telling @AOC critics that she is smart, but what do I say when she says nonsense like 'we could invest those $3 billion in [@amazon tax breaks] in our district. We could hire more teachers. We can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money,'" tweeted Engquist.

Ocasio-Cortez responded forcefully and at length: "Not sure how many pundits talking about Amazon even read the deal or where it was going. $500+ million of the deal was *capital grants.* $2.5 billion in tax breaks. It’s fair to ask why we don’t invest the capital for public use, + why we don’t give working people a tax break," she wrote in a series of tweets.

"Frankly, the knee-jerk reaction assuming that I 'don’t understand' how tax giveaways to corps work is disappointing. No, it’s not possible that I could come to a different conclusion. The debate *must* be over my intelligence & understanding, instead of the merits of the deal," she wrote.

"There’s NO WAY that this deal - one of the biggest giveaways in state history - could possibly have been bad, right?" she added sarcastically. "Surely there can’t be anything wrong with suddenly announcing a massive restructuring & pricing out of a community without any advance notice or input from them."

"There’s no CHANCE that the speculative insider real-estate buys that were creating immediate spikes in rent in one of the most rent-burdened communities in NYC could have possibly been unpopular?" she tweeted, linking to an article by Business Insider.

"Or that a technology giant of big-brother-esque potential was selling (notoriously flawed & racially biased) facial recognition technology to ICE while trying to move into 1 of the most immigrant-dense areas of the world?" she added, linking to a Washington Post piece. "No, it must be because I’m dumb."

"Folks handling the failed deal treated community w/condescension+disdain for their legitimate concerns," she concluded. "I warned early to any & all that surging NYC costs+failing subways are creating major political forces to be reckoned with. But I don’t know what I’m talking about, right?"

I’ve been telling @AOC critics that she is smart, but what do I say when she says nonsense like “we could invest those $3 billion in [@amazon tax breaks] in our district. We could hire more teachers. We can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money”

— Erik Engquist (@erik_engquist) February 19, 2019

Among those criticizing the Democratic opposition to the deal is Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who slammed "a small group of politicians" who "put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state."

"The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage," Cuomo said Thursday. "They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity." Full statement below:

Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business. We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and nearly $30 billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements. Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany's nanotech center.

However, a small group of politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state. The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.

The fundamentals of New York's business climate and community that attracted Amazon to be here - our talent pool, world-class education system, commitment to diversity and progressivism - remain and we won't be deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested on Sunday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shouldn’t be celebrating a failed deal for an Amazon headquarters in Queens.

De Blasio and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo had argued that the $2.8 billion in tax breaks offered to Amazon would bring in $27 billion in tax revenue.

De Blasio told Chuck Todd of NBC News’ Meet the Press the “$3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden told a German audience Saturday that America under the Trump administration is “an embarrassment.”

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, the 2020 presidential hopeful said, “The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right. The American people understand plainly that this makes us an embarrassment. The American people know, overwhelmingly that it is not right. That it is not who we are.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) delivered an “inaugural address” in her Congressional District on Saturday afternoon, declaring that issues like the “right to migrate” will not be negotiable.

Addressing hundreds of supporters in the Bronx, the freshman lawmaker even had a swearing-in ceremony before uttering mostly platitudes.

Defending the Green New Deal after she and her office botched the rollout to much ridicule this week, the Democratic Socialist claimed that the “Green New Deal is the legislation of indigenous communities in the United states” and many others.

Saturday Night Live actor Alec Baldwin complained that President Trump is threatening his family on Twitter.

“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!” Trump had tweeted about the show ridiculing him. “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” he added.

“I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?” Baldwin responded on Twitter.

Disgraced former Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has been released from prison and sent to a re-entry program in New York.

Weiner was transferred to a residential re-entry center in Brooklyn to serve the remainder of his 21-month sentence for sending sexually explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl. Also known as halfway houses, they are intended to allow inmates to “gradually rebuild their ties to the community and facilitate supervising ex-offenders’ activities during this readjustment phase.”

He is set to be released from prison in May, about three months early, because of good behavior.

A heckler at a rally in Georgia Saturday for 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) repeatedly yelled, “Why did you lie?” while holding up a “1/2020th” sign in reference to Warren’s false claim of Native American ancestry.

The man heckled Warren as she told her backstory to a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters gathered at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville.

“Be easy, be easy,” Warren replied, while her supporters booed the heckler being led out of the campaign event.

Fox News

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested on Sunday that critics of the potential Amazon campus New York City — such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — got the facts wrong over the money behind the tax breaks.

On Sunday morning, de Blasio responded in the affirmative when Chuck Todd of NBC News’ “Meet the Press” asked if the tax breaks offered to Amazon weren’t “money you had over here. And it was going over there.”

The Democratic mayor said: “And that $3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.”

“There’s no money — right,” de Blasio added.

Amazon had chosen the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens to build a $2.5 billion campus that could house 25,000 workers, in addition to new offices planned for northern Virginia.

“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to,” Ocasio-Cortez said last week after the technology giant announced on Thursday that it had dropped plans to build the new headquarters in America’s largest city amid pressure from politicians and activists.

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The mayor also noted to Todd that the deal could have been a way for progressive leaders to show a balance on economic issues.

“I have no problem with my fellow progressives critiquing a deal or wanting more from Amazon — I wanted more from Amazon, too,” de Blasio said. “The bottom line is, this was an example of an abuse of corporate power. They had an agreement with the people of New York City.”

He added: “They said they wanted a partnership, but the minute there were criticisms, they walked away. What does that say to working people, that a company would leave them high and dry, simply because some people raised criticism?”

The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying technology jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange in November.

De Blasio and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the $2.8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies they were offering Amazon would result in $27 billion in tax revenue. The governor and the mayor had argued that the project would spur economic growth that would pay for the $2.8 billion in state and city incentives many times over.

“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York,” the online giant from Seattle said in a blog post announcing its withdrawal.

Cuomo lashed out at fellow New York politicians over Amazon’s change of heart, saying the project would have helped diversify the city’s economy, cement its status as an emerging hub of technology and generate money for schools, housing and transit.

“A small group (of) politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community,” he said.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

SARAH PALIN

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced on Sunday that he intends to sign into law legislation which would outlaw abortion when an unborn child has a heartbeat.

The legislation flies in face of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who signed legislation into law which allows a mother to make a decision to abort her child in the third trimester. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said they would support similar efforts in their respective states.

From the Western Journal:

Let’s face facts: This year hasn’t been particularly kind to pro-lifers thus far.

The biggest atrocity has been with New York’s Orwellian-named Reproductive Health Act, which allows for abortion up until the moment of birth — something the state celebrated by lighting up One World Trade Center in pink in honor of the fact that babies can be killed more easily.

As for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and a similar bill that was proposed in his state, I don’t know if you can count it as a win that the governor’s political career has been more or less derailed because of a series of events that started with his heinous comments about third-trimester abortion.

Well, at least there are some victories to celebrate — namely, a new Mississippi law that would ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat except in extreme cases.

“I’ve often said I want Mississippi to be the safest place for an unborn child in America. I appreciate the leadership of the MS House and Senate, along with members of the legislature, for passing the fetal heartbeat bills today. I look forward to signing this act upon passage,” Gov. Bryant said in a tweet earlier this week.

The bill describes a fetal heartbeat as “a key, medical predictor that an unborn human individual will reach viability and live birth.”

The bill reads: “Except when a medical emergency exists that prevents compliance with this section, no person shall perform an abortion on a pregnant woman before determining if the unborn human individual that the pregnant woman is carrying has a detectable fetal heartbeat.”

“Any person who performs an abortion on a pregnant woman based on the exception in this section shall note in the pregnant woman’s medical records that a medical emergency necessitating the abortion existed,” the bill continues.

And, “The State Board of Health may promulgate rules for the appropriate methods of performing an examination for the presence of a fetal heartbeat of an unborn human individual based on standard medical practice.”

If a physician performs an abortion while a heartbeat is detected in an unborn child, then they would become subject to disciplinary actions under the law.

The Western Journal adds:

Doctors are protected “if that person performs a medical procedure designed to or intended, in that person’s reasonable medical judgment, to prevent the death of a pregnant woman or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

As The Christian Post noted, the bill doesn’t include exceptions for rape or incest.

Both houses of the Mississippi legislature have passed the bill and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has indicated he’ll sign the legislation into law.

DISCLAIMER: Views expressed in articles do not necessarily reflect the views held by Sarah Palin.

weaselzippers

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Dilly, dilly.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed Congress freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claiming she’s ‘out of touch’ and is failing to be a ‘progressive’ leader after she helped push Amazon out of New York.

The liberal mayor took aim at the Democratic-Socialist Congresswoman, who boasts herself as a progressive voice, in politics in an interview with The Brian Lehrer Show radio show on Friday.

‘As a progressive my entire life — and I ain’t changing — I’ll take on any progressive anywhere that thinks it’s a good idea to lose jobs and revenue because I think that’s out of touch with what working people want,’ the mayor said on the WNYC radio show.

The Mayor spoke on his dismay that Amazon derailed their plans and heavily criticized Ocasio-Cortez for gloating about the cancellation by calling it a victory against ‘corporate greed’.

‘I came up watching the mistakes of progressives of the past, unfortunately what happened in this city when it almost went to bankruptcy in the 1970s. I saw all the times progressives did not show people effective governance and all the times progressives made the kinds of mistakes that alienated working people,’ De Blasio said.

‘Working people are very smart and very discerning. They want jobs, they want revenue, they want the kinds of things that government can do for them. They understand they have to be paid for,’ he added.

Tempers boiled on Thursday when Amazon pulled out of their plans to build a headquarters campus in Queens, New York.

De Blasio, alongside Govenor Andrew Cuomo had long-lobbied for Amazon to build a campus to the city, which would have brought 25,000 jobs.

But the plans angered politicians like Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Michael N. Gianaris for the city’s promise to give Amazon $3billion in tax breaks and incentives.

MAGAMEDIA

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Just in case you missed it there’s a new kid on the block getting a lot of attention in DC. She’s young. She’s vibrant with long brown hair, deer doe eyes, and a toothy smile. She seems very innocent but she isn’t.

With barely a few months on the scene in DC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aka AOC, the freshman representative from New York, has managed to galvanize much of the liberal MSM’s attention. It is a feat that even life-long politicians haven’t been able to do. It’s not that she is saying much or what she says has any weight. But what she has is the privilege of being born and growing up during the era of social media. In addition to that birthright, she is also a Latina woman, a millennial and an unapologetic socialist.

AOC along with a thousand other young people will be voting in huge blocks in upcoming elections especially the election of 2020 (that is if they know what voting is and can manage to peel themselves off their parents’ basement couch and get to the polls). Going with them to the polls are grievances society told them they have. What exactly are these grievances are anyone’s guess, but anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, unsafe, mistreated, and not free is a starting point. None of it makes sense, and it’s not supposed to. You see this group of people grew up thinking the world wronged them the moment they were born (some even blame their parents for not asking them if they wanted to be born: https://www.foxnews.com/world/indian-man-to-sue-his-parents-for-giving-birth-to-him-without-his-consent-wants-to-be-paid-for-his-life).

As a result of them being “wronged,” they feel that they should be compensated and their ideas and suggestions listened to and followed (entitlement syndrome a common trait of this group). Never mind these individuals know nothing about anything. They aren’t supposed to. By now, after stumbling through what you just read, I’m sure you are scratching your head thinking, “what the heck!” Join the club. You aren’t alone in your thinking. The entire premise of AOC and millennial lives are nonsensical, but they have convinced a giddy media and a few others on the left that they should be heard and as such, they are given a platform. To say the least these empty-headed, want to rule the world adults are dangerous and are becoming dangerously famous. Re-enter AOC.

AOC has a huge following (22 million and growing on Instagram), she like many other millennials don’t know what they don’t know. But they think they know it all. Case in point, she recently introduced her Green Plan proposal that is supposed to save the world against climate change. Parts of the proposal has provisions to end air traffic and use of automobiles (killing off entire industries) in favor of trains and I guess bicycles. The plan seeks to redo building codes with green buildings (so all existing building would need to be torn down). The bill also addresses flatulent cows (they are wreaking havoc on our climate).

With her fame, AOC has managed to get weak Democrats on the Hill to buy into her ridiculous high school dream plan. Ordinarily, the MSM would have done its due diligence and called her and her plan ridiculously stupid. And while they have done their due diligence and know that the plan is not viable, they refuse to call it out. Why? They fear her and her clueless minions. After all, with one Twitter message, she could potentially instruct her followers on social media to stop watching or listening to the media or vote against a House Democrat not supporting her high school Green Plan. It doesn’t stop there. AOC is now applauding Amazon’s decision not to open a second headquarters in the borough of Queens, New York. The decision was made after a month of push back from so-called civic and community leaders. There go the jobs.

Per the online publication Democrat and Chronicle: “All told, it took about $3 billion to attract one of the wealthiest companies (Amazon) in the world to Queens: New York City is set to provide $1.3 billion in tax breaks on top of the state’s incentive package. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office estimated it would provide a revenue boost of $27.5 billion total for the state and city over the next 25 years.”

This would have translated into 25,000 plus (high income) jobs coming to town, revitalization of neighborhoods and a continued upswing of the communities economy. In addition, more funding for schools and training for local residents to get the jobs Amazon was bringing.

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Upon hearing the news of Amazon, AOC suggested that the city could now use the $3 billion for schools, infrastructure, and other social programs. Ahem…will someone tell her it doesn’t work that way. The city doesn’t get the money if Amazon isn’t setting up shop (and it was a tax break incentive).

All of this coming from a woman who went to good schools and one would have thought got a good education. That said if this is the return we are getting from our kid’s education we are in trouble for they are being miseducated. Clearly, AOC doesn’t know what she doesn’t know that she has been grossly miseducated into thinking that society owes her a debt and her corny high school ideas will save the world.

And we are not saved…

Fox News

Published  6 days ago

Back in the day, my native New York State feasted on the iconic I©NY ad campaign, enticing Americans to drop in and spend their dollars in the Big Apple.

But now, we’re being treated to the spectacle of the state’s governor selling… not New York, but Florida!

In a recent press conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed a $2.3 billion budget deficit in New York on the compounding effect of federal tax reform on the state’s sky-high taxes. And according to the Wall Street Journal, “(Cuomo) specifically mentioned Florida as an attractive option for New Yorkers who are unhappy with the change in the tax law.”

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The Journal article also points out, “Preliminary data show a jump in Florida home purchases by buyers from high-tax states.”

Governor Cuomo’s Sunshine State promo follows on the heels of a Census Bureau report late last year detailing the states that lost residents due to high taxes, overregulation and dwindling opportunities. Leading the list? New York. And it wasn’t just last year – 1 million people have packed and left that once-mighty jurisdiction since 2010.

And what jurisdiction did the Census folks say benefits the most from domestic “in-migration? You guessed it. Florida, where “sunny” refers not only to our climate, but also to our low-tax, business-friendly welcome to asylum seekers from Big Government states like New York and New Jersey. Two decades of sunny conservative state leadership has made Florida the nation's freest state, according to the Cato Institute.

For us freedom-loving Floridians, however, there's a rub. It seems all too many blue-state refugees, having found haven from tax-spend-regulate oppressors, turn around and import the very same blue-state politics that caused them to flee in the first place.

Take Virginia, where escapees from neighboring high-tax Maryland helped push a once reliably conservative state markedly leftwards. Republicans have not won a statewide election there since 2009, and barely hung on to their majority in the House of Delegates after a 15-seat bloodbath in 2017. Right on cue, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam (of recent blackface fame) recently requested $1.2 billion in new taxes. Unsurprisingly, migration to the Old Dominion state of Virginia reversed with the election of the Democratic ticket in 2013.

We must heed the lesson Governor Cuomo seems to have absorbed, “Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich. The rich leave, and now what do you do?”

Florida’s near-miss in the recent midterms – where Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis edged Democrat Andrew Gillum by a breathtakingly slim margin – shows just how quickly things can change.

The Socialist fantasies of Gillum would have killed the goose that laid the golden egg of our prosperity – and put an end to two decades of pro-growth Republican policies which has made Florida a beacon for our nearly 21 million residents.

It's sunny Florida's low taxes and reasonable regulatory environment that attract businesses here. Florida ranks 6th among states for new business creation. Gillum, the Democratic nominee, on the other hand, proposed a $1 billion tax increase that would have smothered the flames of entrepreneurship.

Another stated goal of Gillum’s was to gut the state’s highly successful school choice policies, virtually destroying the power of Florida parents to decide the best educational opportunities for their own children. Interestingly, this would have particularly hurt the more than 300,000 minority students in choice programs throughout the state.

Unlike the federal government, Florida balances its budget and does so without an income tax. You can keep your big progressive government in New York, thank you very much.

For sure, Florida’s recent history of razor-close elections – and election controversy – is the stuff of legend. But a 2016 report indicates that jobs have been the #1 attraction for re-locators, and before the recent surge of wealthy elites, economic analyses implied that the working class – fertile ground for further Democratic inroads – has accounted for much of our in-migration.

Which means we must redouble efforts to convince new arrivals that the only way to keep the jobs that brought them here is to maintain the economic juggernaut that generated them.

Not to mention heeding the lesson Governor Cuomo seems to have absorbed, based on another lament at his presser: “Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich. The rich leave, and now what do you do?”

My message to transplanted New Yorkers as well other transplants? Leave your blue-state perspectives at the door and vote for low-tax, pro-business government not only with your feet – but also at the ballot box.

Ed J. Pozzuoli is the president of Florida-based law firm Tripp Scott. He was the co-chairman of Jeb Bush for Governor (Broward). He also served as an integral member of the Bush/Cheney legal team in the 2000 presidential recount litigation. He is an active member of the Republican Party and served as the chairman of the Republican Party in Broward County, Florida.

Live Action News

Published  1 week ago

Abortion supporters falsely claim late-term abortions — especially those done in the third trimester — aren’t done on healthy babies. Abortionists, however, tell a different story. Late-term New Mexico abortionist Susan Robinson has admitted that not all women are seeking such late abortions for reasons of maternal health or fetal indication. She said: Women whose fetuses […]

LifeSiteNews

Published  1 week ago

NEW YORK, February 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Christian organization has responded to Gov. Cuomo’s extreme abortion legislation by organizing a real-time 4D ultrasound of a preborn baby to be broadcast on Times Square jumbotrons in New York in May.

Focus on the Family announced that it will feature the broadcast of a live ultrasound on May 4 as part of an event called “Alive from New York.”

“During the event, a doctor will perform a live 4D ultrasound of a preborn baby,” the organization said in a press release. The event will also include a live musical performance and speakers.

“Hopefully, thousands will gather to celebrate the preciousness of life, and remind New York politicians that the fight for life will continue,” the organization said.

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly said the real-time ultrasound will be of a third-trimester baby.

Daly explained why Times Square was selected to display the ultrasound. “Times Square is where it all happens," he told CBN News, and added, "We're not shy about going there and saying to Governor Cuomo and others, 'Let's look. This isn't adversarial. Let's just take a position. Let's see what an ultrasound looks like.'"

Doubting that pro-abortion politicians have ever seen an ultrasound image, Daly said that on the huge video screens in New York City, Focus on the Family will be able to say, “‘Here's a picture of a third-trimester pregnancy. Look at the definition. These children are viable outside the womb. These children are already fully human…’” He said that is the politicians who “will have to defend their position" on supporting abortion.

The event follows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval of the state’s new Reproductive Health Act, which permits abortion throughout pregnancy and even to the moment of birth. Countering the arguments of pro-abortion advocates regarding the viability of unborn babies, Daly said, "And with the 4-D technology that we have, it looks like a picture of a 1-year-old." Speaking on Tuesday, Daly noted, "There is no way a person is going to be able to say, 'That is not a child.' It is a child and we want everybody to see it."

Referring to New York’s action to explicitly permit late-term abortion in its statutes, and a statement by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northram that affirmed infanticide, Daly said, "I think what's happened in New York and Virginia has prompted a response." Daly added, "These politicians that have overreached, in our opinion, when it comes to reshaping the abortion debate."

"If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen," Northam said in a January radio interview. "The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother." He was interviewed just after legislation, promoted by fellow Democrats, was blocked in Virginia's House of Delegates that would have allowed babies to be aborted even while the mother is in delivery.

Expressing outrage on CBN, Daly said infanticide is being promoted in Virginia. "Once a baby is born, if it's not viable outside the womb or if it's severely handicapped, they're going to let the baby sit on a table and then the mother and physician decide whether or not to let that baby live – that's not the country we live in. And that's not the law of the land, actually," Daly said.

Daly warned that America appears to be verging on the violence of ancient Rome. Calling on Christians to take action, Daly said, "I would just say to Christians in particular – this is not new. There's nothing new under the sun. This is ancient Rome once again, and Christians were known for saving babies who were thrown out in the garbage heaps to die. That was their (Rome's) form of infanticide." Daly said that the practice was common at the time of Jesus, and added, "So this isn't anything new, but it was the Christians that stood up and said 'No. Everyone human is made in God's image and we can't destroy innocent human beings.'"

Focus on the Family is encouraging pro-life advocates to attend the May 4 event.

"If you're a pro-life supporter and would like to make a stand for life on one of the world's biggest stages, consider joining Focus on the Family on May 4th in Times Square," the organization said in a press release.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  1 week ago

Amazon was going to inject 25,000 jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue into New York City but they recently decided to back out thanks to pressure from politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

From CBS New York:

The controversial Amazon deal is dead, taking with it the 25,000 jobs promised for its proposed headquarters in Long Island City.

The internet giant issued a statement on Thursday saying it will not pursue a second headquarters in Long Island City, and has no plans to look elsewhere.

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” read the statement. “For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.

When they say “local elected officials” they mean AOC and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is not happy about it.

From The Daily Wire:

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among others for creating so much unrest about Amazon’s plans to build an 8,000,000 square feet campus that would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to the city that Amazon pulled out of the deal.

Cuomo issued a statement in which he said, “A small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state.”

Say what you want about Amazon. They have a lot of flaws. Say what you want about Cuomo. He’s an idiot. But, AOC is in the wrong here. This would have been a good thing for the people of New York City and AOC helped sabotage it for no valid reason.

The Federalist

Published  1 week ago

There’s a reason the old saying, “be careful what you wish for,” is an old saying. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may wind up learning that the hard way. In the wake of Amazon’s decision last year to plant one of its new headquarters in New York City, and with it 25,000 jobs in exchange for generous tax breaks, Ocasio-Cortez did what any good socialist would do. She slammed the deal.

At the time, it seemed like a pretty safe bet. The jobs were already coming, so why not take the opportunity to stick your finger in the eye of the big, mean, nasty corporation? Today, all that changed. She fished what she wished and Amazon decided not to bring tens of thousands of jobs to New York City after all. Today, her effective opposition to the deal is a much different story, one in which she has to defend creating less opportunity for working New Yorkers.

This afternoon, a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez said she would not be taking any interviews. One can see why. But the real question is whether this could hurt her politically. In fact, there is good reason to believe that this debacle has opened the door to a potential primary challenge. Given that almost the entire New York Democratic Party machine, from Mayor Bill de Blasio to Governor Andrew Cuomo were desperate for the Amazon deal; a challenge to AOC might well attract some serious backers.

And the polls back it up. According to a recent Sienna College poll, a majority of New Yorkers supported the deal, an even bigger majority in Queens, the very borough where the HQ would have been located. Moreover, 70 percent of black New Yorkers and 81 percent of Hispanic New Yorkers wanted Amazon in Gotham. Both demographic groups suffer from higher unemployment than the rest of the city. As Daily News Columnist Rob George put it in Twitter, it was “AOC vs. POC.”

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Ocasio-Cortez is far from a popular figure in the Democratic Party establishment in New York City. The Justice Democrats PAC that supported her candidacy was reportedly looking at bringing forth a primary challenger for Hakeem Jeffries, the second highest ranking black member of Congress, whose district borders Ocasio-Cortez’s. The very popular Jeffries seemed to smirk at the notion, basically saying, “Go for it.” Justice Democrats and Ocasio-Cortez quickly backed off the idea. But one wonders if Jeffries will just forget the threat.

According to one source knowledgeable about NYC politics, the Democratic establishment hates Ocasio-Cortez but also wants to cash in on her popularity. Seems like many Democrats in Washington are in a similar conundrum. Could Democrats in both New York City and Washington decide she does more harm than good? It’s not impossible. Look at Max Rose who won New York’s traditionally-Republican 11th district last year. He already has two young, popular Republicans ready to take his seat, and the last thing he wants is to be representing a socialist-dominated party in Staten Island and South Brooklyn where socialism is still frowned upon.

It’s important to remember that Ocasio-Cortez came out of nowhere to beat Joe Crowley. It was a surprise attack that the city’s Democrats never thought could work. But then it did. In 2020, there will be no element of surprise, she will be the one with the target on her back. And there are potential challengers. New York City Council Deputy Leader Jimmy Van Bramer represents Long Island City, where Amazon had planned to build. He is a deeply connected politician who is known to have some degree of ambition. “Ocasio-Cortez Drove Away 25,000 Jobs” isn’t a bad campaign slogan.

Ocasio-Cortez has some arguments with which to defend herself. She can argue that crony capitalism is bad and that government shouldn’t give tax breaks to corporations. She can argue that gentrification would have happened, driving the poor from their homes, or that Amazon has poor labor practices. These are fine things to think about in the abstract, but on the ground in Queens there will now be 25,000 fewer jobs than there were going to be.

Some critics say these are all professional jobs that wouldn’t uplift the working class. This is an absurd claim. There would have been janitors, building managers, secretaries, and bookkeepers. There would have been food service and new jobs at local restaurants. Maybe there would even have been more opportunities for bartenders with political ambitions. And that’s a not a knock, work is work and should be respected, but Ocasio-Cortez should be dedicated to creating more, not less, opportunity for people to follow in her footsteps.

In a perfect world, critics of crony capitalism would be right that government should keep its thumb off the scale of the market. I’ve lived in New York City for more than two decades; it’s not a perfect city. As our president can attest to, deals between city government and business get made all the time. Is it a little dirty? Sure, so is New York. Ironically, Zuccotti Park, home of Occupy Wall Street, was created as a result of a tax break for a building developer. Make some public space, the city said; we’ll lower your taxes. That’s how it works.

Simply put, the loss of Amazon HQ is a huge loss for the city of New York. Its progressive mayor and governor agree with this. Most of its Democratic members of congress agree. Ocasio-Cortez has put herself on an island on an issue she thought was already a done deal. Now it’s a deal that is undone. As the new darling of the Democrats she may be untouchable, but she may not be. She isn’t just ruffling feathers, now. She is undermining New York City Democrats’ agendas. Don’t be surprised if an opponent decides to pounce.

LifeNews.com

Published  1 week ago

Democrat Patty Murray wasn’t happy when a pro-life Senator tried to get the Senate to vote on a bill to stop infanticide and she’s not happy now that Senate Republicans have set a date to require Democrats to vote on the measure later this month.

The Senate will cast a vote on February 25th to try to break the Democrat filibuster against a bill to stop infanticide.

As LifeNews reported, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray, a Washington state Democrat, blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop infanticide nationwide. And in the House, Democrats have blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a bill that would stop infanticide a total of five times.

Now, Murray has taken to Twitter to express her displeasure with the vote to end her filibuster of the anti-infanticide legislation:

Republicans scheduled a show vote on *another* bill attacking women’s rights & health—which leading medical groups have said should never become law. Democrats will stand w/ women, doctors, nurses, & everyone who truly cares about women’s health & rights & make sure it doesn’t.

— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) February 15, 2019

Murray equates denying medical care for babies who survived botched abortions with protecting “women’s health & rights.” Never mind that girls are literally left to die after failed abortions and refused appropriate medical treatment.

Had Murray not objected the first time, Senate vote would have come days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law new legislation that allows abortions up to birth and after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam backed infanticide during a radio interview — saying that he’s perfectly content if doctors and parents discuss letting disabled babies die after birth.

Sasse asked of the Senate for unanimous consent to vote on legislation that would offer them appropriate Medical Care and treatment.

However, speaking on behalf of pro-abortion Senate Democrats, Murray stood up and objected to the vote. She claimed the vote wasn’t necessary and objected to the vote.

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a Senate vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). The bill followed up on one President George W. Bush signed into law that regards babies born alive after botched abortions as persons under law. This new bill would compel giving them medical care and treatment.

Senator Ben Sasse, the Nebraska Republican who is the sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, told Lifenews he appreciates the upcoming vote.

“I want to thank the Majority Leader for scheduling this vote so that every American can know where their Senator stands on the issue of infanticide. A lot of Senators spend a lot of time telling people how they fight for the little guy. Well, here’s the chance for them to prove it. We’re going to have a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and everyone is going to have to put their name by their vote. It’s cowardly for a politician to say they’ll fight for the little guy but only if the little guy isn’t an actual seven-pound baby who’s fighting for life. It shouldn’t be hard to protect newborn babies – let’s pass this legislation.”

Leading pro-life groups were delighted by the news.

“Pro-abortion Democrats who vote against this bill should be forced to explain why they are against giving a born-alive infant life-saving care,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., legislative director of National Right to Life. “Pro-abortion Democrats should be forced to explain why their allegiance to the abortion industry agenda should allow a practice that is tantamount to infanticide.”

“The extreme pro-abortion agenda has been laid bare for all to see, thanks to the governors of New York and Virginia: they believe it should be legal to kill pain-capable unborn babies, for absolutely any reason, at any time up to and including the moment of their birth, and even in the moments after they are born,” Popik added. “We thank Sen. Sasse for his tireless effort to advance this critical legislation, and we thank Sen. McConnell for his leadership in bringing this issue before the Senate.”

The blocking of a vote on a bill to stop infanticide come even as national polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortion up to birth and infanticide. And doctors indicate abortions are never needed to protect a woman’s health and women admit having abortions on healthy babies.

After she blocked the initial vote, EWTN reporter Jason Calvi caught up with Senator Murray and asked her why she blocked the Senate bill to provide medical care for babies who are born alive. She said that is between a woman and her doctor.

Murray continued her false claims that the bill somehow has to do with abortion. All the bill does is ensure that babies who are purposely induced or survive abortions are provided appropriate medical care and treatment. She was unpersuaded by that information.

Mail Online

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is slamming politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Michael N. Gianaris for derailing Amazon's plans to build a headquarters in New York.

GoPetition

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Abortion activists across the country are undertaking a radical campaign to legalize abortions up to birth and infanticide.

New York has already passed such a law and other states like Virginia, New Mexico, Vermont, Maryland, and Massachusetts are right behind. Politicians like Andrew Cuomo, Ralph Northam and others have promoted abortion on demand and infanticide..

Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress have repeatedly blocked votes on bills to ban late-term abortions and to stop infanticide.

We strongly oppose infanticide and abortions up to birth. We call on Congress and state legislatures to reject ANY legislation to legalize abortion on demand and to allow votes on pro-life legislation.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unloaded on a “small group of politicians” and their “narrow political interests” Thursday after Amazon confirmed they were withdrawing plans to build a massive headquarters in New York City.

“A small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community…The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity,” said Cuomo.

NEW: Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "A small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community…The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity." https://t.co/vnkdiUJXwZ pic.twitter.com/qjjYBpPCnO

— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2019

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez -who represents a section of New York City- hailed the decision; calling Amazon’s sudden withdrawal from the region a success for “everyday” people.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

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Socialism Just Killed 25,000 Jobs In New York City, WATCH:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other lawmakers just proved what a harmful philosophy socialism, radical progressivism and hating the rich can do to a community.

Ocasio-Cortez and others like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) had spoken out against a planned Amazon headquarters in New York, in Long Island City.

And ultimately Amazon decided to pull out, figuring it wasn’t worth the hassle.

“While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

The company added that it is “disappointed to have reached this conclusion.”

The deal had been lauded as a major economic boost by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and others.

Ocasio-Cortez and Warren celebrated.

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted.

Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren also celebrated the decision, tweeting: “.@Amazon – one of the wealthiest companies on the planet – just walked away from billions in taxpayer bribes, all because some elected officials in New York aren’t sucking up to them enough. How long will we allow giant corporations to hold our democracy hostage?”

So what does that mean?

It means that Ocasio-Cortez just killed create 25,000 jobs for New Yorkers including many for her constituents and over $27.5 billion in tax revenue in 25 years for New York because she doesn’t like corporations.

Here’s her response:

She actually doesn’t seem to understand that a tax break is not the same as fungible money that can then be applied elsewhere. There isn’t money to apply elsewhere.

Zero Hedge

Published  1 week ago

As it turns out, those reports about Amazon reconsidering its plan to build one of its "HQ2s" in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City weren't just trial balloons.

The Federalist

Published  1 week ago

There’s a reason the old saying, “be careful what you wish for,” is an old saying. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may wind up learning that the hard way. In the wake of Amazon’s decision last year to plant one of its new headquarters in New York City, and with it 25,000 jobs in exchange for generous tax breaks, Ocasio-Cortez did what any good socialist would do. She slammed the deal.

At the time, it seemed like a pretty safe bet. The jobs were already coming, so why not take the opportunity to stick your finger in the eye of the big, mean, nasty corporation? Today, all that changed. She fished what she wished and Amazon decided not to bring tens of thousands of jobs to New York City after all. Today, her effective opposition to the deal is a much different story, one in which she has to defend creating less opportunity for working New Yorkers.

This afternoon, a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez said she would not be taking any interviews. One can see why. But the real question is whether this could hurt her politically. In fact, there is good reason to believe that this debacle has opened the door to a potential primary challenge. Given that almost the entire New York Democratic Party machine, from Mayor Bill de Blasio to Governor Andrew Cuomo were desperate for the Amazon deal; a challenge to AOC might well attract some serious backers.

And the polls back it up. According to a recent Sienna College poll, a majority of New Yorkers supported the deal, an even bigger majority in Queens, the very borough where the HQ would have been located. Moreover, 70 percent of black New Yorkers and 81 percent of Hispanic New Yorkers wanted Amazon in Gotham. Both demographic groups suffer from higher unemployment than the rest of the city. As Daily News Columnist Rob George put it in Twitter, it was “AOC vs. POC.”

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Ocasio-Cortez is far from a popular figure in the Democratic Party establishment in New York City. The Justice Democrats PAC that supported her candidacy was reportedly looking at bringing forth a primary challenger for Hakeem Jeffries, the second highest ranking black member of Congress, whose district borders Ocasio-Cortez’s. The very popular Jeffries seemed to smirk at the notion, basically saying, “Go for it.” Justice Democrats and Ocasio-Cortez quickly backed off the idea. But one wonders if Jeffries will just forget the threat.

According to one source knowledgeable about NYC politics, the Democratic establishment hates Ocasio-Cortez but also wants to cash in on her popularity. Seems like many Democrats in Washington are in a similar conundrum. Could Democrats in both New York City and Washington decide she does more harm than good? It’s not impossible. Look at Max Rose who won New York’s traditionally-Republican 11th district last year. He already has two young, popular Republicans ready to take his seat, and the last thing he wants is to be representing a socialist-dominated party in Staten Island and South Brooklyn where socialism is still frowned upon.

It’s important to remember that Ocasio-Cortez came out of nowhere to beat Joe Crowley. It was a surprise attack that the city’s Democrats never thought could work. But then it did. In 2020, there will be no element of surprise, she will be the one with the target on her back. And there are potential challengers. New York City Council Deputy Leader Jimmy Van Bramer represents Long Island City, where Amazon had planned to build. He is a deeply connected politician who is known to have some degree of ambition. “Ocasio-Cortez Drove Away 25,000 Jobs” isn’t a bad campaign slogan.

Ocasio-Cortez has some arguments with which to defend herself. She can argue that crony capitalism is bad and that government shouldn’t give tax breaks to corporations. She can argue that gentrification would have happened, driving the poor from their homes, or that Amazon has poor labor practices. These are fine things to think about in the abstract, but on the ground in Queens there will now be 25,000 fewer jobs than there were going to be.

Some critics say these are all professional jobs that wouldn’t uplift the working class. This is an absurd claim. There would have been janitors, building managers, secretaries, and bookkeepers. There would have been food service and new jobs at local restaurants. Maybe there would even have been more opportunities for bartenders with political ambitions. And that’s a not a knock, work is work and should be respected, but Ocasio-Cortez should be dedicated to creating more, not less, opportunity for people to follow in her footsteps.

In a perfect world, critics of crony capitalism would be right that government should keep its thumb off the scale of the market. I’ve lived in New York City for more than two decades; it’s not a perfect city. As our president can attest to, deals between city government and business get made all the time. Is it a little dirty? Sure, so is New York. Ironically, Zuccotti Park, home of Occupy Wall Street, was created as a result of a tax break for a building developer. Make some public space, the city said; we’ll lower your taxes. That’s how it works.

Simply put, the loss of Amazon HQ is a huge loss for the city of New York. Its progressive mayor and governor agree with this. Most of its Democratic members of congress agree. Ocasio-Cortez has put herself on an island on an issue she thought was already a done deal. Now it’s a deal that is undone. As the new darling of the Democrats she may be untouchable, but she may not be. She isn’t just ruffling feathers, now. She is undermining New York City Democrats’ agendas. Don’t be surprised if an opponent decides to pounce.

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

Amazon announced Thursday it was turning back on its plans to build its second headquarters in New York City, a company spokesman said in a statement.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously touted the deal's benefits, which include a pledge from Amazon to create 25,000 jobs, paying an average of $150,000 per year in exchange for a slew of city and state tax breaks and subsidies worth up to $3 billion.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

LifeNews.com

Published  1 week ago

The Senate will cast a vote on February 25th to try to break the Democrat filibuster against a bill to stop infanticide.

As LifeNews reported, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop infanticide nationwide. And in the House, Democrats have blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a bill that would stop infanticide a total of five times.

Earlier this month. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse had wanted to vote on a bill to protect babies born alive after failed abortions.

The Senate vote would have come days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law new legislation that allows abortions up to birth and after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam backed infanticide during a radio interview — saying that he’s perfectly content if doctors and parents discuss letting disabled babies die after birth.

Sasse asked of the Senate for unanimous consent to vote on legislation that would offer them appropriate Medical Care and treatment.

However, speaking on behalf of pro-abortion Senate Democrats, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State, stood up and objected to the vote. She claimed the vote wasn’t necessary and objected to the vote.

Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a Senate vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). A vote on the bill, which is being sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), is expected on February 25.

Senator Ben Sasse, the Nebraska Republican who is the sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, told Lifenews he appreciates the upcoming vote.

“I want to thank the Majority Leader for scheduling this vote so that every American can know where their Senator stands on the issue of infanticide. A lot of Senators spend a lot of time telling people how they fight for the little guy. Well, here’s the chance for them to prove it. We’re going to have a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and everyone is going to have to put their name by their vote. It’s cowardly for a politician to say they’ll fight for the little guy but only if the little guy isn’t an actual seven-pound baby who’s fighting for life. It shouldn’t be hard to protect newborn babies – let’s pass this legislation.”

Leading pro-life groups were delighted by the news.

“Pro-abortion Democrats who vote against this bill should be forced to explain why they are against giving a born-alive infant life-saving care,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., legislative director of National Right to Life. “Pro-abortion Democrats should be forced to explain why their allegiance to the abortion industry agenda should allow a practice that is tantamount to infanticide.”

“The extreme pro-abortion agenda has been laid bare for all to see, thanks to the governors of New York and Virginia: they believe it should be legal to kill pain-capable unborn babies, for absolutely any reason, at any time up to and including the moment of their birth, and even in the moments after they are born,” Popik added. “We thank Sen. Sasse for his tireless effort to advance this critical legislation, and we thank Sen. McConnell for his leadership in bringing this issue before the Senate.”

The blocking of a vote on a bill to stop infanticide come even as national polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortion up to birth and infanticide. And doctors indicate abortions are never needed to protect a woman’s health and women admit having abortions on healthy babies.

After she blocked the initial vote, EWTN reporter Jason Calvi caught up with Senator Murray and asked her why she blocked the Senate bill to provide medical care for babies who are born alive. She said that is between a woman and her doctor.

Murray continued her false claims that the bill somehow has to do with abortion. All the bill does is ensure that babies who are purposely induced or survive abortions are provided appropriate medical care and treatment. She was unpersuaded by that information.

WayneDupree.com

Published  1 week ago

The progressive congresswoman fielded intense backlash after the shocking cancellation of the company's planned second headquarters

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

The fallout from Amazon's decision to walk away from its planned headquarters in New York is ratcheting up after a company spokesman publicly blasted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers, saying they had made it a hostile environment to do business.

"If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's 'Never Amazon,'" Jodi Seth, the head of policy communications for Amazon, told NBC News in an interview on Thursday. "If you talk to [New York City Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer, it's unions."

Seth added that "it wasn't any one incident" that drove the Seattle-based tech giant to its decision, adding that the virulent political discourse that occurred over the past three months was what led to the decision. "It was that the environment over the course of the past three months had not got any better. There were some local and state elected officials who refused to meet with Amazon and criticized us day in and day out about the plan," she said in the interview.

Seth, who has been at Amazon since October 2017 according to her LinkedIn profile, said the company did not know whether the "deal would be approved until a year from now," but said it was "pretty confident" in the approval, mentioning that Governor Andrew Cuomo "was working hard to make it happen, but looking at the opposition and the timeline we decided we don't want to work in this environment in the long term."

In a fiery statement on Thursday, Cuomo blamed the shocking decision on socialist democratic darling Ocasio-Cortez and others like her.

"[A] small group [of] politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community -- which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City -- the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state," Cuomo said publicly. "The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity."

Upon hearing the news, Ocasio-Cortez, who has an undergraduate degree in international relations and economics, cheered Amazon's decision.

Ocasio-Cortez's reaction led to significant blowback on social media from prominent businessmen and economists across the political spectrum. The lost jobs would have paid on average, $150,000 per year.

Amazon, which currently employs 8,000 people in the state, according to NBC, said it would disperse the 25,000 jobs throughout its 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada, including some in New York. However, Seth added that Amazon does not intend to re-open talks with New York lawmakers and does not intend to find another headquarters for the jobs.

"That's pretty firm," Seth told the news outlet.

Amazon said it would proceed as planned with the second part of its HQ2, which will be built in Northern Virginia, as well as its distribution center that it said it would open in Nashville.

In addition to the 25,000 jobs, Amazon would've brought $2.5 billion in investment and eventually 8 million square feet of office space to Long Island City as part of the deal announced last November.

The Jeff Bezos-led comany said it would have generated "incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of [its] investment and job creation."

American Center for Law and Justice

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We told you that New York’s barbaric abortion law would have real life (and death) consequences. Unfortunately, we’re already seeing the first evidence of...

New York Post

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Amazon said Thursday it was bailing on locating its new campus in Queens, dealing a devastating blow to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio and costing the region up to 25,000 high-paying jobs.

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the online retail giant said in a statement that cited local opposition to the massive, heavily subsidized project.

“For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term,” the company said.

“While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

The city and state came up with $3 billion in subsidies for one of the world’s richest companies, infuriating local opponents, including state Sen. Michael Gianaris, the deputy majority leader.

Cuomo last week ripped Gianaris for his opposition, accusing him of committing “political malpractice.”

The company thanked both Cuomo and de Blasio, saying they “worked tirelessly” to promote the project.

And the company said it would abandon the search for a site for its new campus, dubbed HQ2.

“We do not intend to re-open the HQ2 search at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the US and Canada,” the statement said.

Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks decried the news.

“This will be not just a major revenue loss for the city and state, but a loss of thousands of high paying jobs for New Yorkers, and a missed opportunity to further transform New York into the tech capital of the world,” he tweeted.

A person involved in the Long Island City Amazon development, who was not authorized to speak on the record, lamented the decision.

“It’s a sad day when a minority of loud voices can rule. This was something to help diversify the city from its reliance on finance jobs,” the source told The Post.

“There were already talks underway for Amazon to provide local workforce training; that was part of the deal.”

But the liberal New York Communities for Change celebrated the news.

“Together, we did this. You marched with us, you petitioned with us, you supported our worker organizing, and in the end, we WON. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone except Jeff Bezos!!!” they said in a statement.

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is now falsely blaming both President Trump and Florida for his own state’s $2.3 billion budget shortfall.

If you recall, less than ten days ago, Cuomo attempted to blame Trump’s tax cut for New York’s failure to collect the revenue necessary to cover this year’s budget.

“It literally restructured the economy to help red states at the cost of blue states,” Cuomo whined of the tax reform that has soared the national economy.

“He says it’s prompting many of the state’s richest residents — who pay 46 percent of the state’s income tax — to either change their primary residence or leave New York entirely,” he added, according to local media.

At the time, I debunked Cuomo’s claim. You can read the details here. Warning: there is some math involved.

Bottom line: Trump’s tax reform put an end to the immoral practice of allowing high-tax states like New York to force the rest of the country to underwrite their bad policies. Before last year’s tax reform was passed, up to any dollar amount, you could write your state taxes off of your federal taxes. As of this year, though, the state tax write-off amount is capped at $10,000, which means the wealthy are now feeling the full bite of blue state tax policies, and they don’t like it.

This week, CBS Miami reported that Cuomo “blamed budget shortfalls on the state of Florida. … He said New Yorkers are fleeing to the sunshine state to save big time on taxes.”

CBS Miami talked to Barry Horowitz, “a CPA and estate planner [who] says last year was one of his busiest” because wealthy New Yorkers are desperate to get out from under that state’s crushing tax burden:

“I have done a lot of planning over the years. You know I would have maybe 10 people call me a year. Last year I was averaging 2-3 people a week calling me to see how they can move out and what we can do,” he said.

The big change in the tax reform was the long-standing deductions have disappeared. For a person who makes a million dollars a year, they are now paying $40,000 more come tax time. For the person who makes $10 million, it’s costing them $400,000 a year.

“People are just saying they want to get out of here in droves because the dollars involved that we are losing, tax-wise, is not worth it to stay,” Horowitz said.

Is this all Cuomo can do? Whine about Trump? Whine about the Trump tax cut? Whine about a state that has much lower taxes than New York? Blame, blame, blame…

Note what Cuomo is not talking about: fixing the problem, which would require lowering his state’s taxes, most especially New York’s obnoxiously high 8.82 percent income tax rate, one of the most punitive in the country. For the record, Florida’s state income tax is exactly ZERO.

In just one month, Cuomo’s favorable rating in New York has plummeted from 51 percent to just 43 percent while his unfavorable rating jumped from 43 percent to 50 percent. That is a 15-point shift in the wrong direction in 30 short days.

No doubt, Cuomo’s monstrous abortion law had something to do with that, but now that New Yorkers actually have to live with the policies passed by the Democrats they elect, now that those policies cannot be passed off to the rest of the country in the form of an immoral federal write-off that forces the working class to subsidize the wealthy, they’re moving to red states like Florida.

Let’s just hope they don’t take their terrible voting habits with them.

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lambasted politicians such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others over Amazon's decision to leave New York,. Opponents of the deal with the tech giant had "put their own narrow political interests above their community," he said.

"[A] small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community -- which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City -- the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state," Cuomo said in the statement, which did not mention Ocasio-Cortez or other lawmakers by name. "The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity."

In the statement issued by his office, Gov. Cuomo mentioned that Amazon chose the Empire State because it is "the capital of the world and the best place to do business," adding that missing out on Amazon is a lost opportunity to diversify "our economy away from real estate and Wall Street."

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Cuomo also said New York lost out on an opportunity to further cement its status "as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany's nanotech center."

The governor ended the statement saying that New York's business climate remains and it would not be "deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State."

Cuomo's statement is seemingly at odds with Mayor Bill de Blasio's comments on the issue, which seemed to put the onus on the Jeff Bezos-led company and not lawmakers who bemoaned the deal the two had helped usher in.

"You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world," de Blasio said in the statement. "Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity. We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone. If Amazon can’t recognize what that’s worth, its competitors will.”

AMAZON'S NEW YORK HQ2 CANCELLATION DRAWS FIERY RESPONSES FROM LAWMAKERS, TECH WORLD

Cuomo and de Blasio were largely responsible for helping bring Amazon to New York, a deal that would have seen 25,000 jobs, paying approximately $150,000 per year, enter Long Island City.

Amazon, based in Seattle, would have also occupied 8 million square feet of office space in Long Island City as part of its investment announced last November and would have generated "incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of Amazon’s investment and job creation."

In response to the news, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, tweeted that "anything is possible," taking a victory lap upon hearing the news.

Separately, the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents a number of New York-based Amazon workers, lambasted Amazon for its decision, which would have received a slew of city and state tax breaks and subsidies worth up to $3 billion in exchange for the jobs and investment.

"Amazon showed its true colors today and every American should be outraged," the union said in the statement. "Jeff Bezos had the opportunity to listen to the voices of working families and support the good-paying jobs New Yorkers deserve. But now we can see this is all about blind greed and Jeff Bezos' belief that everyday taxpayers should foot the bill for their new headquarters even as the company actively works to eliminate millions of American retail jobs."

In a statement issued on Thursday, Amazon cited the lack of cooperation from certain elected officials as part of its reason to leave New York.

"For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term," Amazon said in its statement.

The company added that while 70 percent of New Yorkers supported the company's plans, "a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City."

According to a December Quinnipiac University poll, 57 percent of New York City residents supported Amazon’s arrival in the region, compared to just 26 percent who opposed the deal, Fox Business previously reported.

Fox News' James Rogers and Tamara Gitt contributed to this story.

RedState

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USA TODAY

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Congress must approve the new deal by midnight Friday to keep the government running and avoid another shutdown.

WSJ

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Amazon is abandoning plans for a headquarters in New York City after facing resistance from some local politicians who objected to giving the company billions of dollars in tax incentives.

MAGA Daily Report

Published  1 week ago

Joe Manchin is breaking his silence about the ugly treatment his fellow Democrats gave him for backing some of Trump’s agenda.

It is a sad commentary on Washington today when agreeing with a member of the other political party brings scorn from your own party.

To be fair, the GOP was tough on Obama and it seems Trump will have to deal with an even more hostile House with Pelosi leading the charge, but that doesn’t make it right.

Manchin for one promises to be his own man regardless of how many “daggers” the radicals in his own party shoot at him.

From The Washington Examiner: Manchin put the phone on speaker, and the president starts to chat with the kids.

“Not everybody in the room you know is politically for Trump, but in that moment that didn’t matter, just that fact that you’re going to listen to the president talk to a small group of kids. Everyone had a smile on their face and was just so surprised and couldn’t really say anything, we just listened to him and smiled,” Parker said.

Manchin said Trump was very charming with the kids: “He says, ‘I love West Virginia. And I know they like Joe, and they like me, and we’re gonna work together.’ And he told them to stay involved, and he appreciates they were very much interested and excited that they were involved in the process and wanted to know what’s going on.”

The president also mentioned the reason he called Manchin was to thank him for applauding when few Democrats did during bipartisan moments in the State of the Union speech.

“I said, ‘Mr. President, I’ve always stated that I know my state well and that it’s something that my state and I represent the people of my state, I’m going to stand up and be respectful. When I thought the things that you were saying resonated with something I might believe in but definitely my state supports, I’m gonna be there and show the courtesy and manners that I think that I was raised with,’” Manchin said of his personal conversation with the president.

The former governor stood several times and applauded during the president’s speech, in particular on energy projects and banning late-term abortions.

Energy’s a big thing that he talked about, said Manchin. “He didn’t talk about coal, but he talked about energy in general. We’re an energy state and we want to continue to make sure we provide the energy the country needs,” he said.

Manchin said the most “controversial thing I applauded” were the personal issues on life. “Well, there’s just no way that I could ever. I mean how anybody could support late-term abortions?” he said.

Manchin said he “could … feel the daggers” when he stood up for Trump’s remarks calling for legislation to curb third-trimester abortions. “Late-term abortions, my goodness. It would have to be a dire medical situation,” he said, adding that what Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had supported and what New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done with late-term abortion bills in their states is “just totally unconscionable to me.”

Manchin said he was a little struck by the Reuters photo he saw taken of him standing during the speech and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sitting behind him giving him the stink eye: “My goodness. Well, I could hear the boos a little bit, you know, I didn’t know if the boos were for the president or for me standing, I wasn’t sure. But I could sure feel the daggers.”

Stout said one of the things he really respected about Manchin during the president’s speech was how he conducted himself. “That’s one thing I really enjoyed watching was he didn’t agree with everything that the president said, but things he agreed with, he did stand up. Unlike the other Democrats who didn’t, which it’s just being partisan over things that can be good for every state,” he said.

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

Since Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a decade, the Democrats have been riding high.

Hot Air

Published  1 week ago

We’ve previously talked about the problems that New York State has in terms of hanging onto its population. People have been fleeing the state’s high taxes and oppressive liberal government for years now, dropping the state’s congressional representation by several members and putting the state through redistricting every census cycle. Rather than acknowledge what’s really the problem, however, Democratic leaders in the state government continually come up with new and interesting theories to blame these changes on. The latest is a real humdinger. Governor Andrew Cuomo came out this week and blamed the exodus on… Florida. (CBS Miami)

This week the Governor of New York blamed budget shortfalls on the state of Florida.

He said New Yorkers are fleeing to the sunshine state to save big time on taxes.

It all goes back to the tax reform passed by Congress. The changes increased the incentive to move to the sunshine state dramatically.

On Sunny Isles Beach, developer Edgardo Defortuna has a lot to smile about. His development Jade Signature, an ultra-luxury beachfront condominium building, is nearly sold out.

The developer in Florida they interviewed, Edgardo Defortuna, is a pretty happy guy. He owns a luxury condominium that’s opening up right on the beach and has sold all but seven of nearly 200 units before the doors even opened. In the past, Defortuna (who is a big name in Florida real estate development) received only a handful of calls per year from New Yorkers for the units that sell for up to $30M. Now he says he’s getting several calls per week.

The last two units were sold to New York CEOs from Wall Street and an investment banking firm. We recently looked at the impact of the new tax law and I noted that not many people would be affected by the deductions limits for state and local taxes (SALT). Only those raking in annual incomes well up into six figures and beyond would take a major hit. Well, these are the people who felt the bite, and they’re leaving the state.

It’s probably not going to do any good, but somebody should really ask Governor Cuomo if it’s really fair to “blame Florida” for the exodus of New Yorkers. If you tax people heavily enough while doing your level best to suppress their constitutional rights, they’ll eventually just leave. And if you’re bleeding out all of the top earners and replacing them with lower skilled labor or illegal immigrants, that’s not going to do much for your budget situation. If you want to blame somebody (besides yourself), try blaming Canada. That’s more fun and I’m sure a lot of people will agree with you.

National Review

Published  1 week ago

The YouGov/AUL poll finds that overwhelming majorities of pro-choice people oppose third-trimester abortion and denying care to newborns.

With every step they take toward a more radically pro-abortion platform, Democratic politicians are stepping further away from the views of the average American. This has been true for decades — 75 percent of people, for example, say they support limiting abortion to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy. The official platform of the Democratic party, meanwhile, endorses eliminating all restrictions on abortion and directly funding abortion procedures with taxpayer money.

But this gaping divide has become even more pronounced over the past several weeks, as Democrats have advanced legislation to allow abortion late in pregnancy, well past fetal viability, up to the point of birth, and perhaps even afterwards. A new national survey from YouGov, in partnership with Americans United for Life (AUL), confirms that, by adopting such extreme policy preferences, Democrats risk alienating the vast majority of voters — including those who generally support abortion rights.

The YouGov poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans reject abortion late in pregnancy, including 79 percent who reject all abortion in the last three months of pregnancy, 80 percent who oppose abortion the day before a child would have been born, and 82 percent who reject denying medical care to viable infants.

Substantial majorities of pro-choice respondents share that aversion to these grotesque practices. Sixty-six percent of pro-choice Americans said they oppose third-trimester abortion, nearly 70 percent oppose abortion the day before a child would have been born, and 77 percent oppose removing medical care from a viable newborn.

Younger voters tend to shy away from support of these practices as well. Sixty-nine percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 said they oppose abortion in the last three months of pregnancy and the day before birth, and 81 percent oppose removing medical care from viable newborn infants.

In other words, huge numbers of Americans have repudiated the policies that Democrats have been pushing since the end of last month. On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act, which permits abortion up to 24 weeks for any reason and allows lenient exceptions for abortion up until birth.

A little over a week later, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia introduced a bill to permit abortion in the last three months of pregnancy with similarly lenient exceptions that would allow one doctor to perform an abortion up until birth if he determined the mother’s mental health required it. The bill’s sponsor admitted that her legislation would allow abortion of viable infants, including while a woman was in labor.

Virginia’s Democratic governor Ralph Northam somehow managed to make the bill sound even more outrageous, suggesting in an interview that, in at least some instances, mothers and doctors could have a “discussion” about whether to resuscitate a newborn and provide it with care. He later doubled and tripled down on his statement, despite also claiming that he hadn’t been endorsing infanticide.

True to form, Senate Democrats refused to comment on what Northam had said, insisting that they hadn’t heard anything about his highly controversial interview. When asked to articulate their own views on abortion late in pregnancy, they all refused, aside from some halfhearted generalizations about supporting Roe.

But actions speak louder than words, and Democratic politicians in both the House and the Senate showed their hand last week when they blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive in the context of abortion. Contra Senator Patty Murray (D., Wash.), who obstructed the bill on behalf of Senate Democrats, there is no law that mandates care for such infants, and the legislation does not, as critics say, restrict abortion rights.

But it does serve the pro-life goal of revealing how deeply radical the Left’s abortion policy has become. With these latest controversies, Democrats have allowed themselves to be forced into a bind. They must either renounce their previous support for abortion throughout pregnancy and neglect for unwanted infants after birth, and thus open themselves up to charges of incoherence, or they must tacitly embrace infanticide.

As these latest data show, having put themselves in this position was a costly error.

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating fell to an all-time low following his passage of sweeping legislation expanding abortion access, a poll revealed Monday.

The Democratic governor’s approval rating fell by a remarkable 8 percentage points in just one month, from 51 percent to 43 percent, according to the Siena College poll.

Those who view Mr. Cuomo unfavorably also experienced a substantial leap, from 43 percent last month to 50 percent now. The Albany-area polling institute said that the governor’s popularity is at its lowest point ever since Cuomo took office in 2011.

When asked specifically about Mr. Cuomo’s job-performance, only 35 percent said he was doing an “excellent” or a “good” job, down from 43 percent last month, while a significant majority (64 percent) said the governor was doing a “fair” or “poor” job in office, a 9-point jump from the 56 percent who said the same last month.

“Now, for the first time ever, half of New Yorkers view Andrew Cuomo unfavorably. It’s his lowest favorability rating ever and his lowest-ever job performance as governor,” said Siena College poll spokesman Steven Greenberg.

“And it is a dramatic drop in both ratings from last month.”

Mr. Cuomo has been broadly criticized after promoting and passing some of the most liberal abortion legislation in the state, guaranteeing women the right to abort their unborn children any time up until birth for vaguely defined reasons of “health,” including social well-being.

After Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act into law, he ordered authorities to light up the World Trade Center complex in pink to celebrate abortion as a “fundamental right.”

Monday’s poll results suggest that Mr. Cuomo is seriously out of touch with Americans on the question of abortion, a fact borne out by a recent Marist poll. The sweeping survey revealed that the vast majority of Americans – in both parties – support legal restrictions on abortion.

Three quarters of Americans say abortion should be limited to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy, not the nine months pushed by Mr. Cuomo. Moreover, two-thirds of Americans want Roe revisited to allow for state regulation of abortion or to ban it altogether.

LifeNews.com

Published  1 week ago

A week ago yesterday, a New Yorker from Queens, Anthony Hobson, beat and dragged his girlfriend, Jennifer Irigoyen, down a flight of stairs and then stabbed her in the neck, abdomen and torso. He stabbed her in the stomach because he wanted to kill the baby he fathered (some news stories say she was 14 weeks pregnant and others put the figure at 20 weeks). The pregnant woman shouted, “He’s got a knife. He’s going to kill the baby!”

Hobson killed both the woman and her baby. He was immediately charged with two crimes, but the charge for killing her baby was subsequently dropped: it was noted that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new abortion law provides no penalties for the killing of unborn children; abortion was removed from the criminal code and inserted into the public health law. Cuomo has not commented on what he has wrought.

The Albany lawmaker who sponsored the bill that Cuomo lobbied for, State Sen. Liz Krueger, and her colleague in the senate, Anna Kaplan, authored an article in the Times Union that disagrees with the Queens prosecutor’s interpretation of the law. They say there is nothing in the law that prevents any prosecutor from charging someone like Hobson for a crime. They say Hobson could be prosecuted for first-degree assault, a sentence that is harsher than the previous sentence for “unlawful abortion.”

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Who’s got the better of the argument? The only way to settle this is to have clarity, and that means a new statute needs to be written that addresses this issue. We are calling on Sen. Krueger to work with other lawmakers, in both chambers, to draft legislation that makes it a crime to murder the baby of a pregnant woman.

LifeNews Note: Bill Donohue is the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

The Federalist

Published  1 week ago

According to a new poll, Andrew Cuomo's approval rating fell eight points in one month, dropping from 51 to 43 percent over recent weeks.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating just plummeted to an all-time low. The sharp decline comes after the Democrat governor shepherded through legislation on several progressive priorities, including a radical late-term abortion bill.

A Siena College survey conducted from Feb. 4-7 found half of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Cuomo, an increase of seven percentage points over one month alone. His approval rating fell eight points in the same time period, from 51 to 43 percent. According to The New York Times, that constitutes an eight-year low for the governor, who was inaugurated to his first term in 2011.

Only 35 percent of voters said Cuomo was doing an “excellent” or “good” job, with 64 percent rating his performance as “fair” or “poor.” The poll’s margin of error was 4.3 percentage points.

Speaking on behalf of Siena, Steve Greenberg noted the ratings drop was “across the board,” revealing Cuomo “fell with Democrats, Republicans, and independents.”

“Geographically, his drop was much bigger downstate — New York City and the suburbs — than Upstate, where his ratings were significantly lower previously,” Greenberg added.

Overall, voters largely expressed approval for recently passed items in Cuomo’s legislative agenda, including on gun control (55 to 30 percent) and gender identity discrimination (61 to 24 percent), as well as the so-called “Reproductive Health Act” (47 to 32 percent). As Liz Wolfe explains, that particular bill “effectively [makes] it easier for state residents to obtain post-viability, third-trimester abortions.”

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Fox News

Published  1 week ago

Courts are issuing an unprecedented number of orders to seize firearms from people they deem to be mentally ill or threats to others, following a rash of state-level legislation aimed at curbing mass shootings across the country.

twitchy.com

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It’s a simple question, yet it is at the heart of the Democrats’ latest push to essentially make it legal to take the lives of breathing infants after they are born.

How many breaths does an infant child have to take before they’re free from the deadly legislative pen of the Democrats?

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 10, 2019

How sad, yet how real.

Sadly, this is a very legitimate question: https://t.co/8HoyzDTycE

— Big Mike (@ReformedBigMike) February 10, 2019

— Gwendolyn (@scvbuckeye) February 10, 2019

Perhaps this question is better posed to the esteemed governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo.

Ralph Northam should be asked, too.

But right now, he’s too busy trying to determine whether slavery “be good or bad.”

Nope, not an SNL skit: ‘Healer’ Ralph Northam goes on CBS to explain, but (shocked face) he makes things worse https://t.co/xBpZKqEy37

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 10, 2019

Another question is when is the Democratic Party, seemingly under the control of the extreme Left now, going to wake up and realize that the American people no longer identify with them at all.

RedState

Published  1 week ago

“That’s as serious as a heart attack. This is worse than we had anticipated,” the governor said

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stark announcement this week in regards to the state budget. Following the implementation of his new budget last month he came out to announce that over the course of December and January New York state saw a shortfall of $2.3 billion in tax revenue.

This is an object lesson for many on the left who feel the rich are a static group they can always depend upon to soak for more funds at their own discretion. The concept is that there is no fluidity in the options of the wealthy, and they will always be there. Andrew was met with a stark reality.

Cuomo painfully admitted he would now need to cut the state budget as a result of the loss of wealthy residents. The top 1% of New York’s wage earners supply 46% of the income tax revenue. Target them, and some will seek out tax havens elsewhere. Cuomo, of course, looked to place the blame elsewhere.

The pain felt by Cuomo was palpable. “SALT was an economic civil war,” he said, referring to Trump’s tax plan by employing hyperbole. “It literally restructured the economy.” Cuomo claimed this was an intentional attack on Democratic states, made to benefit the Republican states.

What he was referring to was the component in the Trump tax cut that limited the deductions that could be taken for state and local income taxes. The tax code made no provision for particular states, just in reference to those with existing income taxes. Of course, lost on Cuomo is that most states with an income tax — and even additional municipal IT — trend to the Blue. His confiscatory taxes are not the cause, it’s that damned Trump and his lack of deductions!

Also lost on the Governor is the rare argument he is making here; he is upset that the rich are unable to make a tax witholding. That is something he, and numerous other Democrats (such as the Representative from his state, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) frequently complain about in speeches. The rich are always demonized for “not paying their fair share” (I return to the 1%/46% ratio mentioned earlier), but now select Democrats are calling for the rich to be granted the chance to have more tax cuts made available.

The Governor also seemed strained to say that the solution was not to go after more of the wealthy income earners, because that would exacerbate the flight of those tax payers, and looking at solutions. “I don’t believe raising taxes on the rich. That would be the worst thing to do. You would just expand the shortfall,” he said.

“God forbid if the rich leave,” he said, mournfully. It boggles to actually hear those words escaping his lips. But, welcome to the tax party Andrew. Better late than never.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

House Republicans are gearing up for a sustained push to expose leftist Democrats in the House on their increasingly extreme views on abortion

TheBlaze

Published  2 weeks ago

New York's abortion law, the so-called Reproductive Health Act, gave some judicial relief to a man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend, according to the New York Post.

Anthony Hobson turned himself in to authorities on Friday, facing second-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of 35-year-old Jennifer Irigoyen, who was five months pregnant.

Hobson was initially going to be charged with second-degree abortion in addition to the murder charge, but because the criminal charge of abortion was repealed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's abortion law, Hobson avoids the additional charge.

What happened?

Hobson was reportedly seen Sunday on surveillance cameras dragging Irigoyen from her apartment building and down a stairwell, as she shouted "He's got a knife! He's going to kill the baby!" according to a witness.

He allegedly stabbed her repeatedly in the torso, abdomen and neck. She and her unborn child died at the hospital.

How did the law effect the charge?

The Reproductive Health Act, which legalizes abortions beyond 24 weeks in situations to protect the health of the mother, also removed abortion from the criminal code.

Republicans in the New York state Legislature fought for abortion to remain under the criminal code in the law, but were unsuccessful.

State Sen. Catharine Young said removing abortion from the penal code was "an assault on a woman's fundamental right to pregnancy." State Sen. Andrew Lanza said the change causes people who assault non-pregnant women to be treated "precisely the same under our penal code as punching a woman with the intent of ending her pregnancy and in fact doing so."

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 weeks ago

Country music legend Charlie Daniels compared New York state’s new abortion law to the Holocaust, writing it is “every bit as satanically inspired.”

In a new Op-Ed for CNSNews, Daniels recounted, “There were six million Jews murdered by the Nazis, in gas chambers, mass shootings and any other kind of monstrous methods of death these demonic animals could come up with. Horrible right? Could never happen in the United States of America, right? … Wrong.”

“Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into law a bill that is every bit as evil, and just as satanically inspired, as Hitler’s Final Solution,” Daniels continued. “It’s a bill that allows abortion up to the time the child comes through the birth canal.”

He further explained that the newly-passed legislation, known at the “Reproductive Health Act,” also took away legal protections for the unborn child in instances not involving abortion, providing that deaths of babies in the womb will no longer be classified as homicide.

The bill “repealed that language so that deliberately causing the death of a child whose mother never even considered abortion is no crime at all,” the Liberty Counsel reported.

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Pro-life advocates have long pointed to the inconsistency in the legal treatment of the unborn child in cases involving violence against the pregnant mother leading to the baby’s death versus when the mother chooses to have an abortion.

In the first case, the perpetrator can be found guilty of murder, whereas in the second instance the U.S. Supreme Court has defined abortion as a constitutional right. In other words, the unborn child’s rights are entirely dependent on the mother’s frame of mind.

In his Op-Ed, Daniels also highlighted how close Virginia came to joining New York in allowing abortion up to the time of birth, with the legislation narrowly being defeated by Republicans.

The state’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, a former pediatric neurologist, advocated for the bill.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, he told WTOP during a radio interview last week. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Daniels observed, “So, a living breathing human being, alive and living on its own outside the womb could be legally murdered, if the mother wishes.”

The singer noted former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is “currently serving three life sentences in Pennsylvania for killing babies that survived the abortion process.”

Presumably, if the proposed Virginia law would have passed, he would be guilty of no crime at all in that state, Daniels argued.

He said the fallacy of referring to the unborn child as “blob of flesh” has long since fallen to modern technology showing the baby’s development in the womb.

“Now it’s infanticide, plain, and simple, and it’s an evil, wicked, and ungodly service to the prince of darkness, innocence sacrificed on the altar of sexual convenience and political expediency,” he wrote.

Daniels concluded writing regardless of what laws are passed on earth, those who support the deaths of unborn children will face another judge when they leave this life.

“He is waiting behind the final veil at the end of the road we must all walk, where we will all appear and give account for the things we have done while on this earth, and we will all stand there, with no place to hide, where the verdicts are final and eternal. And there is no appeal.”

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New York Post

Published  2 weeks ago

Prosecutors initially included a charge of abortion against the Queens man arrested Friday in his pregnant girlfriend’s murder — but rescinded it because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new Reproductive Health Act.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown sent out a press release saying Anthony Hobson, 48, would be charged with second-degree abortion as well as murder in Sunday’s fatal stabbing of Jennifer Irigoyen, 35.

But a DA spokeswoman later told The Post that the abortion charge “was repealed by the Legislature, and this is the law as it exists today.”

Cuomo signed the RHA into law on Jan. 22, the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

The law removes abortion from the state’s criminal code and puts it into public health law.

It faced fierce opposition, with the New York State Catholic Conference warning that it “removes accountability for those who would harm unborn children outside the context of medical termination of pregnancy.”

Cuomo’s office did not comment on the murder case.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, took to social media to respond to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s tweet that said, “We have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for generations to come. That is why today, we named members of the Select Committee on Climate Crisis. #ActOnClimate.”

“Does God’s creation not include protecting babies as well Madame Speaker? A committee on that issue would be welcome,” Haley tweeted:

Does God’s creation not include protecting babies as well Madame Speaker? A committee on that issue would be welcome. https://t.co/gV54ROiYfn

Pelosi announced the committee and its members on Thursday, which does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who unveiled her Green New Deal climate change resolution on the same day.

The Democratic Party has been under fire from pro-life advocates for recent abortion legislation signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and comments by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on the subject.

The “Reproductive Health Act” permits abortions up to the time of birth for the broadly termed ‘health’ of the mother and revokes the requirement for medical care for babies born alive after a failed abortion,” according to the Liberty Counsel. The law also repeals language that classified the death of the child in the womb as a homicide.

Pro-life supporters have long pointed to the inconsistency in the legal treatment of the unborn child in cases involving violence against the pregnant mother leading to the baby’s death versus when the mother chooses to have an abortion.

The pro-life community has responded to recent legislative action supporting late-term abortions, including the legalization of those abortions in New York and a failed attempt to make a similar law in Virginia.

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 weeks ago

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley questioned whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's commitment to protecting God's creation extended to include babies.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Governor Andrew Cuomo flew to Washington DC to speak with President Trump about the state’s bloated budget deficit. Cuomo was hoping the president would offer a handout to New York state to offset the $2.3 billion budget deficit this year.

Instead, President Trump lectured him on opening up the state to fracking and allowing fossil fuel pipelines to run through the state.

That makes too much sense.

Cuomo would rather take a handout.

“President Donald Trump floated the idea of opening up New York to fracking and expressed dismay at New York’s enactment of a less-restrictive abortion law during a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, according to a White House spokesman. Cuomo traveled to Washington to talk to his fellow New Yorker about the impact of the federal government’s $10,000 cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes. The governor is blaming the cap, which was included in federal tax reform passed in late 2017, for a drop in revenue that has created a $2.3 billion gap in his proposed budget… Trump suggested that the state could offset the effects of the SALT cap by allowing fracking, which Cuomo banned in 2014, and by approving fossil fuel pipelines to run through the state,’The President discussed economic growth opportunities for the State of New York, including helping lower energy prices throughout the entire Northeast by allowing low-cost, American energy to thrive with fracking and pipeline systems,’ Deer said.”

The Trump White House released a statement following the meeting with New York Governor Cuomo.

White House statement on President Trump's meeting with Gov. Cuomo: pic.twitter.com/5UAgqxOHsR

— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) February 12, 2019

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Following the New York abortion law celebrated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Vermont is pushing a "right to abortion" bill that goes even further. But opponents of a new abortion bill in New Mexico say a proposal in that state would be the "most extreme bill in the nation" due to its far-reaching changes.

Advocates of the abortion bill that decriminalizes abortion in the state say it is needed in case Roe v. Wade is overturned, but pro-life supporters say it allows abortion-on-demand for any reason, taking away parental notification for minors and conscience protections from the state law.

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"This bill is a Trojan horse backed by the national abortion lobby in order to establish abortion as a human right by removing so-called 'religious refusals' and turn every hospital, clinic and doctor's office into an abortion clinic or referral center," Elisa Martinez, executive director of New Mexico Alliance for Life, told Fox News.

Rep. Joanne Ferrary, a Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill, said it "simply removes an antiquated law that criminalizes health care."

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But opponents of the bill argue that beyond making abortion legal all nine months of pregnancy, it also forces medical professionals to perform abortions against their will.

“HB-51 is the most extreme bill in the nation because it keeps elective abortion-up-to-birth, and also seeks to force medical professionals to participate in this practice by stripping away explicit conscience protections from the current statute," Martinez said.

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The proposed bill would scrap this language from state law:

"Criminal abortion consists of administering to any pregnant woman any medicine, drug or other substance, or using any method or means whereby an untimely termination of her pregnancy is produced or attempted to be produced, with the intent to destroy the fetus, and the termination is not a justified medical termination. Whoever commits criminal abortion is guilty of a fourth-degree felony. Whoever commits criminal abortion which results in the death of the woman is guilty of a second-degree felony."

Ferrary said that abortions would be able to be performed under this bill through all nine months, even if the mother and baby are healthy because "abortion is provided for health care" and the bill is intended to keep "abortion safe and legal."

TRUMP URGES THE US TO 'CHERISH THE DIGNITY AND SANCTITY OF LIFE' AT NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST

Six Democrats voted against the bill, but it passed in the House and Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vowed to sign it if it passes in the state Senate.

On Tuesday night, President Trump urged Congress to pass legislation "to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb" during the State of the Union address.

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Other states that are considering or have considered similar legislation expanding abortion access include Massachusettes, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

LifeNews.com

Published  2 weeks ago

New Mexico House Passes Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth

Fox Business

Published  2 weeks ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez applauded news on Friday that Amazon is reportedly reconsidering its plans to build a second headquarters in New York City as it faces fierce opposition from some state and city officials.

“Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations?” she wrote in a tweet. “Yes, they can.”

The New York Democrat, who represents the 14th Congressional District, has been a fierce critic of the e-commerce giant's proposed second headquarters in Long Island City, a neighborhood in Queens.

Like other opponents, Ocasio-Cortez slammed Amazon for accepting $3 billion in incentives to build in New York, despite being the most valuable public company on the planet and being owned by the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos. (In exchange, Amazon said it would create 25,000 high-paying jobs in the area, while investing at least $2.5 billion in the New York City area).

“Amazon is a billion-dollar company,” she wrote at the time. “The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”

In November, after a year-long contest in which hundreds of cities around the country pitched themselves to the e-commerce giant, Amazon said it would split its second headquarters evenly between the New York City community of Long Island City and Arlington, Virginia.The deal was thrown into limbo this week, however, with the attempt to appoint state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, a noted critic of the deal, to the state's Public Authorities Control Board, which could be the deciding force behind the development plan for Amazon. And if it's presented with the plan, will have the power to veto it, as first reported by The New York Times.

Gianaris told FOX Business that his ultimate goal is to see the deal “thrown into the garbage” if he has the chance. It’s unclear whether New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who helped to negotiate the closed-doors deal with Mayor Bill De Blasio, will approve Gianaris’ appointment to the board.

"The deal that is before us would be horrible for New York and horrible for the country and set the precedent of giving $3 billion to the wealthiest corporation in the company to pay them to come here, especially when many of us believe they were likely to come anyway," he added.

LifeNews.com

Published  2 weeks ago

This month Americans have become aware, if they weren’t already, of just how radical the pro-abortion movement has become. It started in Albany, N.Y., where the state’s legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, the Reproductive Health Act. The governor crowed that the new law “is a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values” and he even celebrated by ordering that New York City landmarks “be lit in pink” — to mourn the thousands of girls who would never draw breath thanks to the new law? No, “to celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.”

What makes the law so radical is that it permits abortion at any point in a pregnancy — even up to the point of delivery. And although it restricts abortions, in part, “to protect the patient’s life or health,” the definition of “health” is too vague to mean anything.

That’s not all. The law grants non-physicians the power to perform abortions. It repeals a section of the state’s law that protected children born alive during an abortion — meaning that this child could be killed outside of the womb and nobody would be prosecuted. As the Jesuit priest Sam Sawyer puts it, “The new law does not contain any meaningful restriction that is likely to ever prevent an abortion.”

Keep in mind, this is a state in which a third of pregnancies already end in abortion. But for some reason the state’s politicians, aided and abetted by NARAL and Planned Parenthood (our nation’s largest abortion provider), decided that this wasn’t enough. Perhaps the plan is abort half of all unborn children.

Unfortunately, New York’s law has emboldened radicals in legislatures across the country, from New Mexico to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In Virginia, a state delegate proposed a similarly radical bill. When asked by a Republican colleague whether the bill would have permitted an abortion to be performed even as a woman was in labor, the lawmaker answered, “My bill would allow that, yes.” The next day, the state’s Democratic governor — who had run as a moderate — defended the proposed bill and, in chillingly calm terms, described how to perform an “abortion” on a child that had been delivered. In short, infanticide. And even after that description, he had the gall to say, “I think this was really blown out of proportion.”

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Of course, the push for these bills across the country isn’t a coincidence — it’s the result of a coordinated effort by radical organizations. Last year, Planned Parenthood announced what it called its Care for All initiative, a strategy intended to protect abortion rights in the event that the Supreme Court eventually overturns Roe v. Wade. “With the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, we are kicking our plan into high gear,” it announced. “This multi-million dollar, nationwide effort will be working to ensure that abortion is still accessible in the United States, no matter what happens at the Supreme Court.” Planned Parenthood receives more than half a billion dollars annually from taxpayers, by the way. It is no wonder that it has a budget for such initiatives.

Part of the plan involved working directly with state legislatures, “kick[ing] off the 2019 legislative session by doubling down on this work. We will be working with more than half of the states in the country to push policies to protect, expand, and enhance access to safe, legal abortion.”

If there’s any solace to be found in these developments, it’s that Planned Parenthood’s goals are far out of step with even the Democratic base. According to a recent poll conducted by Marist, only 25 percent of Americans who call themselves pro-choice believe that abortion should be available at any point in a pregnancy. In fact, 42 percent of this demographic think it should be limited to the first trimester, and another 17 percent think it should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. It is only the radicalized politicians who are pushing the abortion-on-demand narrative.

To their credit, some Democrats have taken a stand against the new abortion extremism. Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois has been a consistent voice against the radical abortion agenda, and as a result has been shunned by his party. Lipinski understands the extremism of his colleagues and works to bring them to a more moderate platform.

More Democrats should be focused on representing the values of their constituents rather than the interests of the abortion industry.

LifeNews Note: Jeanne Mancini is the president of March for Life. This column originally appeared at Real Clear Politics.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

The abortion extremism of Govs. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and Ralph Northam (D-VA) crossed a line in American public opinion.

Washington Examiner

Published  2 weeks ago

It was a big deal when 14 high-school students had President Trump in their classroom.

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Still rattled after President Trump’s triumphant State Of The Union address on Tuesday night, flummoxed Democrats are in disarray over the glowing approval ratings that the president’s speech is drawing and as a result, are tripling-down on radicalism in the hope of appeasing their lunatic fringe base.

Despite being delayed by the power-drunk Nancy Pelosi, Trump used the time that his SOTU was postponed to hone his message to Americans which he then delivered like a haymaker to the jaw of the extremists, baby-killers, fascists, and socialists that now comprise the Democratic party.

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Americans may have been subjected to so much propaganda from the dishonest media that they have become numbed and scared of daring to speak out but one thing that has sparked massive outrage is the Dems’ maniacal embrace of not just abortion, but actual infanticide.

A flurry of monstrous new laws that have been ramrodded through in Democrat-controlled states are now openly embracing the murder of a human baby after he/she has actually been born!

Dem Governors in Andrew Cuomo’s New York and embattled Ralph Northam’s Virginia have put their seal of approval on this horrifying and unthinkable crusade to expand abortion to outside the womb – likely out of cynicism – but they have suffered a huge setback after Trump made it clear that the Dems’ stance was not only abominable but un-American and inhuman to its core.

Trump hit for the cycle on Tuesday by establishing MAGA, blasting the neocons on their foreign wars, ripping the police state investigations and unequivocally stating that American would never become a socialist country.

He also claimed the moral high ground on the post-birth extermination of human life that the Democrats (like their ideological predecessors in Nazi Germany) are championing.

Video: Here's the portion of Trump's #SOTU where he calls out the ghoulish behavior of the left and their increasingly rabid support of late-term abortions and infanticide. At the end of that part, he concluded: "All children, born and unborn, are made in the image of God." pic.twitter.com/XqxiIXH2JZ

— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 6, 2019

You can hardly blame the 78-year-old Pelosi who clearly is losing the battle with dementia to stand her ground and to side with the exterminators.

CHECK IT OUT:

Via The Daily Caller, “Pelosi Calls Trump’s Request To Ban Late-Term Abortion ‘Really Quite A Sad Thing'”:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s call for legislation to ban late-term abortion by saying it’s a “sad thing.”

“It’s really quite a sad thing when you know that we’ll be talking about something that applies to the health and life — health and ability to have other children of women,” she said when asked by The Daily Caller. “I hope that in his family, he never has to face that crisis and apply his attitude toward it.”

Thanks to Chuck and Nancy and their fanatical base, the Dems are going all-in on baby killing which is not likely to resonate with Americans outside of the degenerate enclaves of New York, Chicago, and California and they may have just provided the spark for the silent majority to punch their tickets to the ashbin of history with the other ill-fated totalitarian regimes.

Dems have been emboldened and reckless in their jihad to avenge Hillary’s loss but after the last week the tide may be turning because their overreach has gone a bridge too far.

LifeNews.com

Published  2 weeks ago

New York’s new abortion law does not just strip away abortion restrictions that protect late-term unborn babies. It also denies justice to pregnant mothers and unborn babies who are victims of violent crimes.

The law’s repeal of the New York fetal homicide law means the person who stabbed a pregnant woman Sunday in Ridgewood, New York, killing her and her unborn baby, can no longer be charged for the baby’s death.

The Times Ledger reports police are searching for suspects in the brutal stabbing of Jennifer Irigoyen, 35, of Rego Park, and her unborn baby. Police said someone called 911 after finding Irigoyen bleeding heavily in the vestibule of a building on Myrtle Avenue early Sunday morning.

Police said the woman had multiple stab wounds on her torso, neck and hands; she was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly afterward. They said she was about five months pregnant with her unborn baby, who also died as a result of the attack.

The killer targeted the 35-year-old woman’s stomach, according to the building super, who said she watched surveillance video footage that captured the murder.

“He’s got a knife! He’s going to kill the baby!” shouted five-months-pregnant Jennifer Irigoyen around 1 a.m. as her attacker pulled her from her third-floor Ridgewood walk-up and down the stairs to the building’s entranceway, horrified witness Maurice Roman Zereoue told The Post.

Police are investigating the slaying as a domestic incident and seeking Irigoyen’s boyfriend for questioning, high-ranking NYPD sources said.

A neighbor who only gave her first name, Kristin, said she heard a man and Irigoyen arguing loudly and then the victim “yelling … about wanting to protect her baby.’’

Irigoyen had an older child as well, the AP reports. She was a real estate agent and a professional Latin ballroom dancer, instructor and choreographer, according to the report.

It appears that her unborn baby was targeted directly in the attack, but that does not matter under the new law. Until birth, there are no consequences for killing a baby in New York.

And it’s because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a supposedly Catholic lawmaker. In January, he signed a radical pro-abortion law that not only expands late-term abortions but also repeals the state fetal homicide law. These common-sense laws, on the books in 37 states, recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn baby as homicide in at least some circumstances.

“Tragically, New York women are less safe from violence now than they were before the passage of the Reproductive Health Act,” Fordham University Professor Charles Camosy wrote in an op-ed for the New York Daily News.

He pointed to the high rates of violence against pregnant women in America, citing a study in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health that found nearly half of the pregnant women who died in Washington, D.C. during an eight-year period were homicides.

Here’s more:

Overall, homicide is now the second-leading cause of injury-related death for pregnant women in the United States. Punishing assailants in such cases for attacking two human beings is the least we can do to protect these vulnerable women.

But when confronted with a choice between refusing to punish illegal abortion in the criminal code and giving women this added protection from violence, the governor of New York chose to the former.

Cuomo is not alone. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is backing a similar bill to expand late-term abortions and repeal the fetal homicide law in her state. These governors are not protecting women’s rights by urging the repeal of such laws. They are allowing criminals to get away with fewer consequences for attacking a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

dailycaller

Published  2 weeks ago

The Federalist

Published  2 weeks ago

Why aren't bishops and cardinals more strongly considering excommunicating Cuomo from the Catholic Church, given his disdain for the sanctity of life?

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Vermont lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would make abortion a constitutional right in the state, going way beyond the law that New York recently passed.

Vermont's law, critics say, strips away any and all rights of the fetus and makes abortion-on-demand for any reason.

The right to abortion bill, which has 91 co-sponsors, goes beyond the scope of Roe v. Wade, which protects a fetus that can survive outside the mother's womb. In Vermont, an abortion could be performed up until the point of birth for any reason.

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"I think it's completely dangerous, irresponsible, poorly written and should be voted down," Mary Hahn Beerworth, of Vermont Right to Life Committee, told the local news.

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, helped draft the bill.

"Legislators did come to us to ask us for our opinions and for our input on the bill, and I think that's because they see us as experts. We are experts in this field and in the area of reproductive rights," Lucy Leriche, of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, told NBC 5. "What the bill basically does is codifies those exact same abortion rights that Vermonters have enjoyed for the last 46 years."

The bill seeks to "safeguard the right to abortion" in the state.

"Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or to have an abortion," the bill reads in part. "A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law."

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Opponents of the bill point out that the bill makes the preborn child constitutional property with fewer rights than an animal, does not have any age restrictions and does not protect women from being coerced into having an abortion, among other concerns.

Patricia Blair, who was pregnant with twins when a driver slammed into her vehicle, killing both her unborn babies, said this bill does nothing to protect the rights of the unborn.

“This bill isn’t protecting all women’s rights,” Blair told VT Digger. “It’s only protecting the rights of women who choose death for their children.”

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Vermont statehouse.

In light of the New York law passed and celebrated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Virginia's proposed bill, with comments that appeared to be infanticide, President Trump called on Congress to pass a bill prohibiting late-term abortions during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Cuomo, a Catholic, defended his celebration of his radical abortion law by stating, “I am a former altar boy.”

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump received rapturous applause from Republicans for condemning recent liberal efforts in Virginia and New York to change abortion laws.

"There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days," Trump said. "Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life.”

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a doctor who came to politics late in life, defended Democrats' efforts to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions. He was caught up in another controversy just two days later a racist photo surfaced Friday on his medical school yearbook page.

During a radio interview, he described a hypothetical situation where an infant who is severely deformed or unable to survive after birth would be resuscitated "if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue" between the doctor and mother. Democrats privately grumbled about Northam's comments, and Republicans accused him of supporting infanticide.

The 59-year-old Democrat served as an Army doctor treating the wounded in the first Gulf War, then ran a medical practice in Norfolk as a pediatric neurologist. He also volunteered as medical director of a children's hospice, caring for dying youngsters and their families.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat and Roman Catholic, who has said he is duty-bound to separate his religious views from his work as a state official, recently defended his support for the state's Reproductive Health Act, which he signed in January and mostly codifies abortion rights protected in Roe v. Wade and other federal abortion rulings.

Under the Reproductive Health Act, non-doctors are now allowed to conduct abortions and the procedure could be done until the mother's due date if the woman's health is endangered or if the fetus is not viable. The previous law only allowed abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman's life was at risk.

If Roe v. Wade were overturned, 16 states could take steps to ban abortion. Four have laws that would trigger bans, while 12 others have anti-abortion laws on the books that have been ruled unconstitutional by courts or have not been enforced due to the 1973 Supreme Court decision, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research organization.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Missouri Republican Rep. Ann Wagner re-introduced a bill Wednesday that would protect babies born alive after abortion from infanticide.

I introduced the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act because Congress must act to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Thanks to @SteveScalise for joining me on this crucial legislation. Read our full release here: https://t.co/iZFSwIHrxU

— Ann Wagner (@RepAnnWagner) February 6, 2019

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asked for unanimous consent for the House to consider the bill.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would ensure any infant born alive following an abortion receives the same medical care and protection the law gives any newborn baby.

Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana – who originally co-sponsored the legislation when it was introduced previously – will bring a resolution that provides for floor consideration of Wagner’s bill. The two Republicans would force a vote in the House after 30 legislative days if no action is taken.

“Innocent life must be defended and protected at every stage, and that includes babies born alive during an abortion,” said Scalise in a statement. “We must immediately extend legal protections to these vulnerable newborns and prosecute any doctor who would leave them to die.”

Scalise added he began the process of forcing a vote on the bill “especially after horrific actions taken in New York and Virginia to permit infanticide.”

“The silence from Congressional Democrats is deafening and shameful,” Scalise continued. “Every Member of Congress, regardless of party, needs to go on record against infanticide, and we must immediately take action to stop it. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this critical issue.”

Wagner said she has been “horrified” to watch the extreme position of Democrats who “argue that babies who survive abortions should not be given the same level of medical care that all other newborn babies receive.”

“To my colleagues, this is the simplest vote you will ever take: either you support babies being killed after they are born or you don’t,” she asserted. “It is time to go on the record and make clear if you think babies born alive deserve medical care, or if you think they should be left to die.”

In his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump called upon Congress to pass legislation that would ban late-term abortions past the fifth month of pregnancy.

“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life,” the president said. “And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”

Trump contrasted the “beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child” with the “chilling displays” of New York legislators after Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that denies “personhood” to unborn babies and makes abortion on demand a fundamental right.

“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” the president said. “These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.”

Similarly, Trump observed, “[W]e had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”

On Monday, Senate Democrats – led by Washington Sen. Patty Murray – blocked the Born-Alive bill.

Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse introduced the legislation in that chamber (S. 130). Sasse went to the floor of the Senate to ask his colleagues to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but Democrats objected.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser noted that in the last Congress, “This same legislation to protect babies born alive passed easily in the House. The difference now is that Democrats are in control.”

“Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have a chance to reject infanticide where their colleagues in the Senate recently failed,” she added. “If they refuse to support this compassionate bill, they will be further exposed as the party of infanticide and any protestations to the contrary will ring hollow.”

Breitbart

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is blaming President Trump's tax cut for his state's $2.3 billion budget shortfall.

Conservative Tribune

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A call for Congress to ban late-term abortion by President Trump during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was met with cold stares from the Democratic side of the aisle as Republicans applauded.

The president’s call came during a week when abortions were the subject of considerable news coverage after Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam made comments on the issue that critics said called for terminating the lives of already-born children.

“I am also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child,” the president said in his remarks.

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days.

“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth,” he continued. “These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world.

“And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia, where he stated he would execute a baby after birth,” he continued.

“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” Trump added, garnering massive applause from the GOP side of the room.

Meanwhile, with the exception of several Democrats — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin among them — the other side of the room sat stone-faced.

President Trump: “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb” https://t.co/TreW1lnqhZ #SOTU pic.twitter.com/tykYQ9umnz

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 6, 2019

“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth — all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God,” the president added.

The president was referring to New York’s Reproductive Health Act, a bill which was signed Jan. 22 — the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — by New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a press release, the governor’s office said that the bill “codifies Roe v. Wade into New York State law.” However, it also made it legal to abort a child after 24 weeks if “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.”

The state would subsequently light up several monuments, including One World Trade Center, pink in honor of the legislation.

The president also referenced the remarks by Northam. Responding to a bill which would legalize abortion up until the point of birth, Northam said that “if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.”

Northam would subsequently be caught up in a scandal involving a photograph of a man in blackface and a man wearing a KKK uniform in his medical school yearbook.

While defending the right to third-trimester abortion may be popular among Democratic politicians, voters in general tend to overwhelmingly oppose such procedures.

A 2018 Gallup poll found 81 percent of Americans thought third-trimester abortions ought to be illegal; another 65 percent thought second-trimester abortions should be illegal as well. A Marist poll released in January also found that 59 percent of percent of Americans were in favor of banning abortion after 20 weeks.

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Breitbart

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During President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address (SOTU) on Tuesday evening, the president slammed the country’s political elite and donor class for supporting open borders for the nation while living “behind walls.”

“No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working class and America’s political class than illegal immigration,” Trump said. “Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls, and gates, and guards.”

As Breitbart News has chronicled, this is true as many of the country’s political elite and donor class advocate for mass illegal and legal immigration while living in gated communities, walled-off mansions, and behind enormous barriers designed to keep intruders out.

Most notably are the gates, walls, and fences surrounding the homes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-NY), tech billionaire Bill Gates, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), and former President Barack Obama.

PHOTOS: From Vatican Walls to Obama’s Fence, 20 Barriers Around the Worldhttps://t.co/oHkPOTwIzx

The Clintons enjoy a massive white security fence around their Chappaqua, New York, home where onlookers can barely get a glimpse of their house because of the widescale barrier.

Billionaire Bill Gates, who dishes out hundreds of thousands of dollars every election cycle to pro-mass immigration lawmakers, enjoys safety and security at his mansion off Lake Washington as it is surrounded not only by enormous gates but also a natural lake and tree barriers.

Outside Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) Cambridge, Massachusettes, home stands an iron fence that surrounds not only her front entrance but her entire yard to keep pedestrians off her property.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

LifeNews.com

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Rhode Island Gov Gina Raimondo: Let Women Abort Babies Up to Birth So They Can "Make Ends Meet"

Fox News

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New York state is facing a $2.3 billion budget deficit, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes it's largely due to the Trump administration's tax reforms encouraging wealthy taxpayers to leave the state.

President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which takes effect for the 2018 tax year, places a cap on the state and local tax deduction (known as SALT) that Americans can take. Residents of largely blue states with relatively high state and local taxes are adversely affected, Cuomo says, by the new cap of a $10,000 deduction. New York state's average SALT deduction was around $22,000 before the law changed.

"We've set up reserves, but this is worse than we had anticipated," Cuomo said at a state Capitol news conference in Albany on Monday after referring to the fiscal situation as being "as serious as a heart attack."

CUOMO BRUSHES OFF CRITICISM OF NEW YORK ABORTION LAW: 'I'M NOT HERE TO LEGISLATE RELIGION'

The extreme dip in collections has made Cuomo's $175 billion state budget proposal, which he offered just last week, "unsupportable," he said. He added that he plans to make adjustments in the coming weeks.

The governor was joined on Monday by Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Robert Mujica, the governor's budget director. DiNapoli referred to the unprecedented deficit as "the most serious revenue shock that the state has faced in many years," adding that he believes it will "get worse before it gets better."

Trump's 2017 act was not the sole cause of New York's budget fiasco, Cuomo said. He added that the stock market drop in December may have had an impact, and also struck a blow to the bonuses given to Wall Street traders, which adds a considerable amount to the state's annual tax collections. Cuomo warned against imposing increased taxes on the wealthy in New York as a solution, which is already home to the nation's second-highest taxes on millionaires, according to North Country Public Radio.

“This is the flip side,” Cuomo said. “Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich. The rich leave, and now what do you do?”

The Associated Press contributed to the reporting of this story.

Liberty Freedom | United States | The Washington Pundit

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The New Mexico House approved a radical pro-abortion bill Wednesday that would keep abortions legal through all nine months of pregnancy even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The Santa Fe New Mexican…

www.theepochtimes.com

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) appeared to be the only Democratic lawmaker to stand and clap

Breitbart

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen to be her guest at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

“As an immigrant, a mother, a doctor & the President of @PPFA, I am honored to attend #SOTU as the guest of @SpeakerPelosi, who is a staunch champion for women’s rights, immigrant rights, voting rights & universal access to health care throughout her career,” tweeted Wen:

As an immigrant, a mother, a doctor & the President of @PPFA, I am honored to attend #SOTU as the guest of @SpeakerPelosi, who is a staunch champion for women’s rights, immigrant rights, voting rights & universal access to health care throughout her career https://t.co/1TOgEY9yQw

Planned Parenthood said in a press statement:

Tonight, we expect President Trump to address abortion and reproductive rights – no doubt doubling down on the attacks we’ve seen over the last two years. Dr. Wen’s attendance is significant at a time when women’s reproductive rights are under constant threat, and is a symbolic reminder that majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortion.

Wen added her organization “is proud to have Speaker Pelosi’s leadership of a pro-reproductive health House of Representatives.”

“And we look forward to working with her to advance a pro-women, pro-family, and pro-economy agenda that affirms health care as a fundamental human right, and women’s rights—and all people’s rights—as human rights,” she said.

In less than two weeks’ time, Democrats at both the federal and state level have shown the lengths to which they will go to protect the abortion lobby.

On Monday, Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), blocked a bill that would require babies born alive during abortion to receive reasonable medical care and transport to a hospital.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) to protect babies who have survived failed abortions. Sasse went to the floor of the Senate Monday to ask his colleagues to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but Democrats objected.

Last week, New York’s Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that denies “personhood” to unborn babies. Under the law, violence against an unborn child during a homicide is no longer criminally punishable.

In Virginia, a bill known as the Repeal Act, introduced by Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran and supported by Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam, created a firestorm as it proposed to allow a woman to request an abortion even moments before birth.

Democrats in Rhode Island and Vermont have also proposed bills that would strip most restrictions on abortion and declare the procedure a “fundamental right.”

A recent Marist poll, however, found 75 percent of Americans want substantial restrictions on abortion, including 60 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of those who identify as “pro-choice.”

Breitbart

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President Donald Trump called upon Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit late-term abortion past the time when science has shown an unborn baby can feel pain.

“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life,” the president said during his State of the Union Address Tuesday evening. “And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”

Trump contrasted the “beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child” with the “chilling displays” of New York legislators after Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that denies “personhood” to unborn babies and makes abortion on demand a fundamental right.

“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” the president said. “These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.”

Similarly, Trump observed, “[W]e had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”

The president referenced the Virginia bill known as the Repeal Act, introduced by Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran and supported by Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam. The legislation created a firestorm as it proposed to allow a woman to request an abortion even moments before giving birth.

Democrats in Rhode Island and Vermont have also proposed bills that would strip most restrictions on abortion and declare the procedure a “fundamental right.”

A recent Marist poll, however, found 75 percent of Americans want substantial restrictions on abortion, including 60 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of those who identify as “pro-choice.”

LifeNews.com

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A leading pro-abortion U.S. Senator today objected to a Senate vote on legislation that would stop infanticide. The vote would come after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam endorsed infanticide on a radio show last week.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse had wanted to vote on Monday on a bill to protect babies born alive after failed abortions.

The Senate vote would have come days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law new legislation that allows abortions up to birth and after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam backed infanticide during a radio interview — saying that he’s perfectly content if doctors and parents discuss letting disabled babies die after birth.

Sasse asked of the Senate for unanimous consent to vote on legislation that would offer them appropriate Medical Care and treatment.

However, speaking on behalf of pro-abortion Senate Democrats, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State, stood up and objected to the vote.

Senator Marco Rubio condemned Democrats for blocking a vote on the bill.

“That Senate Democrats would block a bill to protect a baby who survives an abortion speaks volumes,” said Rubio. “Supporting a newborn’s right to life should not be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats, like their colleagues in Virginia and New York, seem to have no issue publicly supporting legal infanticide. It is clear that, on the issue of life, extremism has become mainstream in the Democratic Party.”

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner told LifeNews she was disappointed abortion advocates objected.

“Every human life is valuable and every single baby deserves to be protected. Alliance Defending Freedom works for a world where abortion is unthinkable and undesirable. We defend the pregnancy centers and medical professionals who offer expecting moms hope and help. We respectfully challenge our elected leaders to affirm the basic human rights of vulnerable children—born and unborn. We’re disappointed by the Senate’s failure to provide legal protection for babies who survive abortions. We’re grateful for Sen. Sasse’s leadership and for every elected leader who understands the human rights at stake and fights to protect vulnerable babies,” Waggoer said.

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For Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, it was time to put up or shut up. With 10 Democrat Senators having refused to condemn Virginia governor Ralph Northam for supporting infanticide, Sasse had enough and wanted them to go on record. They refused.

Sasse tried using the Rule 14 process to expedite consideration of the bill, as well as calling for a vote to pass the bill under unanimous consent on the Senate floor.

“I’m going to ask all 100 senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn’t be complicated,” Sasse said before the objection gcame.

“We’re talking about a little baby girl who’s been born and is on a table in a hospital or a medical facility and then a decision or a debate would be had about whether or not you could kill that little baby,” he emphasized.

“We’re talking about the most vulnerable among us, and we have a public official in America out there again and again defending a practice,” Sasse said. “This is infanticide that we’re talking about.”

New York Post

Published  2 weeks ago

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that state income tax revenues plummeted by $2.3 billion since he introduced his new budget plan last month — a bombshell that will force him to curb spending.

Cuomo attributed the revenue drop in December and January largely to the new federal tax code, as well as volatility in the stock market and other uncertainties.

“That’s a $2.3 billion drop in revenues. That’s as serious as a heart attack. This is worse than we had anticipated,” the governor said in Albany.

“This reduction must be addressed in this year’s budget.”

In a rare joint appearance with Cuomo, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli confirmed the deteriorating finances.

“This is the most serious revenue shock the state has faced in many years,” he said.

He urged Cuomo and the Legislature to sock more money away in the state’s rainy day fund to prepare for the worst.

Cuomo had planned to spend $176 billion — including about $100 billion in federal funds — in the new fiscal year that starts on April 1.

Cuomo’s preliminary analysis claims much of the impact is coming from a drop in revenues from the state’s highest income earners most impacted by the loss of write-offs of state and local tax deductions, known as SALT.

The federal law approved by President Trump and the then-GOP controlled Congress limited SALT deductions to $10,000.

The loss of revenue from New York’s wealthiest puts New York in a bind because the state relies on a progressive income tax system that taxes the rich at a higher rate.

One percent of the state’s top income earners provide 46 percent of the state’s personal income tax revenues, officials said.

Cuomo said Albany can’t go to the well and tax the wealthy again because that would only worsen the situation, citing “anecdotal” evidence that high-income New Yorkers are already fleeing the state to lower-tax jurisdictions.

He offered no figures to back up the claim.

“I don’t believe raising taxes on the rich. That would be the worst thing to do. You would just expand the shortfall,” he said. “God forbid if the rich leave.”

Aside from spending, Cuomo’s slide presentation also mentioned the state is phasing in tax cuts for middle-income New Yorkers — raising questions whether the state would have to postpone the reductions.

National Review

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New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state is facing a $2.3 billion tax-revenue shortfall, and argued that the deficit can be attributed to the “diabolical” recently passed federal tax-reform package.

Cuomo blamed the loss of tax revenue, the scale of which was unpredicted by state officials, on a provision in the Republican-led tax reform package that capped state and local tax deductions at $10,000, depriving the wealthiest New Yorkers of a significant tax break that defrayed the high state taxes imposed by Albany.

Those New Yorkers affected by the loss of the SALT deduction are now filing their income taxes in other states or using other means to circumvent their tax liabilities, Cuomo seemed to suggest.

“[Capping] SALT was an economic civil war,” Cuomo said at a news conference Monday at the Capitol, referring to the State and Local Tax deduction. “It literally restructured the economy to help red states at the cost of blue states. That’s exactly what it did. It was a diabolical, political maneuver.”

State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli joined Cuomo at the press conference and backed the governor’s bleak assessment of the situation.

“This is the most serious revenue shock the state has faced in many years,” DiNapoli said, endorsing Cuomo’s prescription that spending must be cut in the budget for this fiscal year, which begins April 1.

“We have some of the soundest financial footing this state has ever had,” Cuomo said. “But we must maintain that, and if we know there’s a cut, we’re going to have to take that cut into account when we do this budget and it has to change.”

Cuomo warned that the loss of revenue could not be made up by continuing to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers — the top 1 percent of whom already contribute 46 percent of all government revenue — at increasingly higher rates.

“I don’t believe [in] raising taxes on the rich. That would be the worst thing to do. You would just expand the shortfall,” he said. “God forbid if the rich leave.”

Live Action News

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The public has been horrified by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the Reproductive Health Act — which removes virtually all protections for preborn children in the state — and by Virginia Democratic lawmakers’ attempts to push through an extreme bill that Delegate Kathy Tran admitted would allow for abortion even after a woman goes into labor. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam got himself into some hot water of his own when he attempted to defend the bill on a radio show, and sounded to some as if he were defending the act of infanticide. The pro-abortion governor responded on Twitter — but his response rang hollow (and utterly ironic) to many.

I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.

— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 31, 2019

But the devotion of these Virginia and New York lawmakers seems to actually be directed toward a very large donor to their campaigns — one which stands to gain a large windfall from the removal of restrictions on abortion and which has been working to expand abortion across the nation: Planned Parenthood. In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress recorded Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, admitting that her organization wanted to become more heavily involved in offering late-term abortions. And it is Planned Parenthood dollars that support politicians like Northam and Tran.

According to CNS News, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, the abortion giant’s state advocacy arm, vowed to provide $3 million to the pro-abortion Governor in 2017. Voter contribution reports gathered by two organizations reveal that Planned Parenthood gave Gov. Ralph Northam closer to $2 million in 2017. VoteSmart.org indicates that Northam’s campaign received $1,976,881.07 from Planned Parenthood Virginia and $115,453.86 from Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Virginia Public Access Project shows nearly $150,000 was given to Northam by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

According to VoteSmart.org, Planned Parenthood of Virginia also gave $2,792.62 to the political campaign of Virginia State Rep. Kathy Tran, the sponsor of the late-term abortion proposal that would allow abortions up to 40 weeks, for any reason. Additional candidates were also funded, according to VPAP. In Virginia, Planned Parenthood has multiple facilities, and those that don’t commit abortions refer to other Planned Parenthood affiliates for them.

READ: Planned Parenthood cheers for New York, Virginia abortion legislation

Governor Northam was wined and dined as a guest at Planned Parenthood events, including the organization’s “Pink Ball.” In a video published by the abortion corporation’s DC affiliate, you can see the Governor posing at the event.

According to DCist.com, then Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam “put in appearances” at the event where the organization mocked Vice President Mike Pence by featuring, the “Mike Hot Pence, a doppelganger of the vice president known for raising money for Planned Parenthood and a variety of other groups while pantsless.” The group uploaded a picture of Northam greeting DC’s Mayor at the ball.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of VA have called Kathy Tran, Gov. Northam, and other pro-abortion politicians “champions.” Northam had previously vowed not to defund Planned Parenthood.

See screenshots of Virginia Public Access’s donation records below:

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dailycaller

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Carlina Rivera, a New York City councilwoman who signed a resolution urging the State of New York to pass the controversial Reproductive Health Act that loosened late-term abortion restrictions, is also sponsoring a bill that would ban restaurants and vendors from selling foie gras in New York City — because of animal cruelty.

Should the Manhattan councilwoman succeed in passing her bill, the sale of the controversial French delicacy — made by enlarging the livers of geese and ducks by using feeding tubes to force-feed them before harvest — would be punishable by a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 per offense. (RELATED: Virginia Del. Kathy Tran Introduced Bill To Save Caterpillars On Same Day As Late-Stage Abortion Bill)

“[Foie Gras] is not part of the diet of everyday New Yorkers,” Rivera told the New York Post. “Less than 1 percent of all New York City restaurants serve it. This is truly a luxury item.”

Rivera called her bill “common sense” and the process behind making the fattened liver an “egregious” one that’s been “tolerated” for “far too long,” the Post reported. (RELATED: Supreme Court Legalized Abortion 46 Years Ago. Here’s A Look At Abortion Across The US)

Since the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a California foie gras ban, Rivera believes the “timing is right.”

Two French restaurants the Post reached out to spoke out against the proposal. “It’s a popular seller — so, sure, I would hate to take it off the menu,” one said. “Too much government interference.”

Meanwhile, the Reproductive Health Act, signed last month by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and strongly supported by Rivera and other New York City council members, removes the word abortion from the state’s criminal code and allows women to have abortions after 24 weeks when “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.”

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Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Like New York and Virginia, Democrats in Rhode Island and Vermont have proposed bills that would strip most restrictions on abortion.

The Federalist

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Judeo-Christian principles helped to form our culture––until now, restraining evil and promoting prosperity bound us together with a common creed.

The Washington Times

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An effort by Senate Republicans to enhance protections for newborns who survive abortions, spurred by New York and Virginia bills making it easier to perform late-term procedures, was blocked Monday b

LifeNews.com

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A Catholic bishop in Washington state took a firm stance Friday against giving communion to pro-abortion politicians.

In a letter to the Diocese of Spokane, Bishop Thomas Daly said it is “scandalous” that supposedly Catholic politicians like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are supporting abortion on demand, KXLY News reports.

“Efforts to expand access to abortion, allowing murder of children up to the moment of birth is evil,” Daly said. “Children are a gift from God, no matter the circumstances of their conception. They not only have a right to life, but we as a society have a moral obligation to protect them from harm.”

In January, Cuomo signed a law allowing unborn babies to be aborted for almost any reason up to birth in New York state. His actions were met with wide-spread condemnation and calls for his excommunication.

Though Daly did not mention excommunication in his letter, he said politicians who support aborting unborn babies should not receive communion.

“Politicians who reside in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, and who obstinately persevere in their public support for abortion, should not receive Communion without first being reconciled to Christ and the Church,” he wrote.

“The Church’s commitment to the life of every human person from conception until death is firm. God alone is the author of life and for the civil government to sanction the willful murder of children is unacceptable. For a Catholic political leader to do so is scandalous,” the bishop continued.

Other bishops in California, Tennessee and Texas have made similar calls in the past few weeks. However, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan said he will not discipline Cuomo because the governor would not care if he did.

Excommunication or other disciplinary measures “would be completely counterproductive, right?” Dolan said on his radio show Jan. 29.

“Especially if you have a governor who enjoys this and wants to represent himself as a kind of martyr to the cause, doing what is right. He is proud to dissent from the essentials of the faith. He’s proud with these positions.”

“For me to punish him for it? He would just say, ‘Look at the suffering this prophet has to undergo,’ the cardinal added.

Daly’s letter cited canon 915 of the Church’s Code of Canon Law, which says that Catholics “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.”

Daly concluded his letter by urging Catholics to pray for politicians like Cuomo who do not see the value of every human life. He asked people to pray for pregnant mothers and unborn babies as well.

This winter, pro-abortion politicians have been pushing bills to expand late-term abortions in a number of states, including New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Virginia. Some already have passed, others have failed, and others still are being debated in the state legislatures.

The New York law sparked wide-spread outrage, not just from Catholics, but from pro-lifers of all faiths and no faith. Evangelical Protestant leaders including Franklin Graham have condemned abortion as well.

It also prompted U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, of Nebraska, to introduced a bill to ensure babies born alive after failed abortions receive basic medical care. Sasse said he wants lawmakers’ positions on infanticide on record for the American public to see. The vote is slated for Monday.

Neon Nettle

Published  2 weeks ago

Democratic lawmakers in New York have passed a new bill that will allocate millions in taxpayer funds to pay for illegal immigrants to get a free college education in America.

The new measure aims to issue taxpayer-funded aid to “Dreamers” - non-citizens who entered the country illegally - who wish to attend college but can't afford to pay for it themselves.

The now Democratic-controlled New York state legislature passed the Dream Act bill last week, making thousands of “Dreamers” eligible for financial aid to attend public colleges in the state.

The Democrat-backed legislation has come under heavy criticism from those who believe the money could be invested in the future of legal US citizens.

One Republican lawmaker describes the bill as a "slap in the face" for those tax-paying Americans who can't afford a college education for themselves or their own families.

The bill, which has attracted praise from Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would cost $27 million.

The measure is “a slap in the face for all the hardworking taxpayers who play the rules and struggle for the costs of a college education,” Republican state Sen. Daphne Jordan said of the bill.

According to the Daily Signal, Jordan was joined by other Republican state legislators in criticism of the Dream Act, who argued it would unfairly take money away from legal residents who struggle to pay their college tuition.

The bill had been introduced in the New York Legislature before, but Republican control of the state Senate had prevented it from moving forward—until Democrats gained control of both chambers after the 2018 midterms.

“We do this as a symbol that you will be guaranteed an education and that the door to higher education is open to all children of New York State,” stated De La Rosa, sponsor of the bill and immigrant from the Dominican Republic.

While Cuomo has not yet signed the bill into law, he has expressed support for tuition for illegal immigrants and he has already included his own version in the state budget plan.

Passage of the Dream Act came one day after New York legislators passed a bill dramatically expanding access to abortion.

The bill, which was promptly signed into law by Cuomo, allows women to have abortions after 24 weeks in situations where “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.”

New York Democrats say they have just begun.

Supporters of the Dream Act say they will also consider allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and give them better housing protections.

Cuomo has also expressed interest in forcing insurance companies to provide free contraceptive care.

LifeNews.com

Published  2 weeks ago

New Mexico Committee Passes Legislation Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

On Saturday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” host Jeanine Pirro led off her show with an “Opening Statement” segment aimed at Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA), criticizing him for his remarks on abortion and his apparent medical school yearbook photo in either blackface or a Klan robe.

After sounding off on late-term abortions, with some jabs aimed at Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) as well, Pirro questioned the wisdom of Northam’s admission, then denial that the photos were of him in the yearbook. She also criticized him for the press conference he held earlier in the day.

“Are you stupid?” Pirro exclaimed. “Politics 101: If you apologize for something that everyone considers outrageous and anyone else, by the way, would lose their job over it, then you get up the next day and say ‘it wasn’t me,’ you either fire your political consultant or change your meds. Are you schizo, too? Now doc, you know someone is going to go out and find your medical school pals who will admit you were known by a racist nickname so vile I can’t repeat it or put it on the screen. They will be asked if you signed their yearbook. And I am afraid to think how or where you signed, or whether you added on what is already outrageous overt racism. And just so my viewers get a gist of who you are: You admit you dressed in blackface before so you could moonwalk like Michael Jackson.”

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Do you know what radicalizes people? I do, because it recently happened to me.

For people of faith and pro-life advocates like me, sparks igniting outrage and radicalization are everywhere: In the Covington Catholic High School kids who were falsely smeared, ridiculed and then threatened; in the cheers from the left at the signing of a law that allows babies to be aborted when they’re mere moments from being born.

In the 2016 election, Donald Trump was not my first, second or third choice. I wasn’t sure I could trust his pro-life promises, which were the only reasons I had to vote for him.

In the end, I chose President Trump because the alternative was the radically pro-abortion Hillary Clinton, and too many lives were at stake. We’d come too close to changing our generation’s view on abortion; we couldn’t let our courts be overtaken by judges who are in the pockets of the abortion industry.

So I voted for President Trump, and he has upheld his pro-life promises. I now believe that he will go down in history as the president who did the most to advance the cause of ending legal abortion.

However, I hadn’t become a Trump apologist, and I never owned or wore a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat. In fact, I snickered (too many times to count) about how kitschy they are, with that horribly plain front. I didn’t see the appeal.

Well, I do now.

Make America Great Again has nothing to do with slavery or race. The MAGA hat is not the equivalent of a Confederate flag. It has become popular for one reason and one reason only: The political left hates it almost as much as they hate Donald Trump. It’s become the symbol of his presidency.

The left’s outrage for this simple headgear is almost funny. Aren’t they the ones proudly sporting pink pussyhats and the dreary Handmaid’s Tale garb? Maybe they’re angry that they don’t have a monopoly on fashion as a political statement.

The hats are meant to harken Americans back to better days – not the dark days of slavery and segregation, but days when lawmakers actually got along and compromised; when Democrats were actually allowed to be pro-life; when Americans didn’t check their neighbors’ political affiliation on Facebook before deciding if they could be friends.

And this week, I’m purchasing my MAGA hat, and I plan to wear it proudly.

Because of what happened to Nicholas Sandmann – the high school junior who wore it at the March for Life and became the innocent target of a national media circus. Because babies can now be legally killed in New York up until the moment of birth. And because to celebrate this “victory for human rights,” the Catholic Governor of that state, Andrew Cuomo, had New York City’s iconic buildings lit up in pink, including One World Trade Center.

Think about that – a building created in remembrance of the horror and destruction and death of 9/11 was crudely lit up to celebrate an expanded legal “right” to end a life. Did Gov. Cuomo ever stop to consider that pregnant mothers and their pre-born children died together on September 11, 2001 and are now memorialized in a museum on that hallowed ground?

I recently published a column in USA Today. Editors spent hours fact checking it to ensure that my message was completely verified. But this week, I read a USA Today column arguing that the entire state of Kentucky – the governor and esteemed Senator Mitch McConnell included – is racist. And I wonder, how did they fact check that?

So congrats mainstream media and liberal establishment – you’ve radicalized yet another American. I’m going to wear my MAGA hat, not because I think one race is inferior to another, and not because I think Donald Trump is the savior of our nation. I’m going to wear it because I want to stand against those who think they get to decide what matters for all of us.

You wear your pink hat, and I’ll sport the red one, because the mainstream media and culture don’t get to tell me what to believe.

Kristan Hawkins is president of Students for Life of America, with more than 1,220 groups on college, university and high school campuses in all 50 states. Follow her @KristanHawkins

dailycaller

Published  3 weeks ago

'I'm not supposed to legislate my personal feelings'

Conservative Review

Published  3 weeks ago

It’s horrifying that we are rapidly approaching the kind of culture that God ordered the Israelites to wipe out when he finally allowed them to enter the land he had promised them — a culture of rampant immorality, idolatry and child sacrifice.

For the longest time, the political left insisted that it was not pro-abortion but pro-choice, that it truly wanted to make abortion safe, legal and rare. I never could quite grasp why liberals would care about making it rare if they didn’t consider the unborn to be human lives. But that is the position they firmly held — obviously for political expediency.

Their decision to cloak their true intentions in the euphemism of “choice” has always been a calculated strategy to sanitize their actual motives. If they were actually choice advocates, they would inform mothers contemplating abortions about all the risks of the procedure and advise them of alternatives, such as adoption. In practice, in many cases, we’ve seen just the opposite.

If they are about choice and not abortion, why do they adamantly resist any proposed restrictions on abortion? Why do they celebrate their legislative expansion of the right to abortion, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did in obscenely lighting One World Trade Center in ghoulish pink to commemorate his state’s new law greenlighting abortion to the point of birth? Why do feminists proudly run around with T-shirts boasting of their abortions? Abortion can best be understood as a vital sacrament of their secular religion.

Today, apparently feeling their oats because of President Trump’s perceived unpopularity and the Democrats’ strong showing in the midterm elections, they have started to be less circumspect about their true feelings and intentions.

We’ve seen it with the Democrats’ attempted removal of the words “so help you God” from the House Natural Resources Committee’s oath, Sen. Kamala Harris’ embracing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal and Harris’ endorsement of universal Medicare, until the public blowback forced her to retreat. And we’ve seen it with these new state laws further liberalizing abortion.

We’ve also seen it in the evolution of the left’s arguments on abortion. Liberals used to consider the unborn baby, at least prior to the point of viability, an unviable tissue mass — a clump of cells — and thus there was no moral question involved in the mother’s exterminating it through an abortion procedure. But in recent years, some of the more brazen pro-abortionists have admitted that the unborn are human lives yet have maintained mothers’ right to kill them anyway. No more apologies, just more fist shaking and rebellion.

In some ways, Virginia’s proposed legislation is worse than New York’s. Virginia state Rep. Kathy Tran’s proposed bill would permit an abortion even when a mother is in labor. When asked whether the mother could abort her child when it is obvious she is about to give birth (when dilating), she admitted, “My bill would allow that, yes.”

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s comments were even more abhorrent, confessing that the law would permit a baby’s murder after it’s born. How hardhearted must this pediatric neurosurgeon be to endorse legislation permitting infanticide? People with just a speck of moral fiber might have difficulty wrapping their minds around this.

With these state abortion laws, we’re not talking about someone committing a heinous act and then begging a court for leniency; we’re witnessing a deliberative body making a conscious, premeditated decision to legalize murder. The radical abortionists who now hold sway in the Democratic Party are either paranoid about “toxic males” taking away women’s freedom or part of a death cult — because they refuse to cede even an inch of ground on abortion. From a biblical perspective, this seems nothing short of demonic.

Pro-abortionists shrewdly couch their advocacy in the benign language of preserving mothers’ health. No one would dispute that the state has a strong interest in protecting a mother’s life and health, but “a mother’s health” doesn’t necessarily mean what they want you to think it means. It has become a catchall to permit abortions that have little to do with mothers’ actual health.

If leftists are that concerned with mothers’ health, why do they dismiss any research that shows that abortive mothers frequently experience physical, emotional and psychological damage from abortion? Why do they insist that late-term abortions are about health when medical experts such as Dr. Omar L. Hamada say “there’s absolutely no reason to kill a baby before delivery in the third trimester”? Why does the New York law permit non-physicians to perform the procedure?

The leftists’ newfound smugness could well backfire. Their main appeal, especially to young voters, is their claimed monopoly on morality and compassion. They paint themselves as moral exemplars and conservatives as uncaring bigots. Their callousness could wake up younger generations, which they’ve spent decades indoctrinating, to their moral contradictions.

It may take younger people longer to realize that the left’s promise of socialism is an insidious lie — that everywhere and every time it has been tried, it has impoverished and enslaved people. But I doubt they’ll have as much difficulty immediately grasping the left’s depravity in outright advocating the murder of innocent infants while moralizing to us about universal health care, income inequality and separating mothers from their children at the border.

In its pride, the left is taking a big gamble on the moral indifference of the American people, and the Democratic Party might just pay a heavy price for it.

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LifeNews.com

Published  3 weeks ago

Trump Will Include Pro-Life Theme in State of the Union After Democrats Push Abortion Up to Birth, Infanticide

New York Post

Published  3 weeks ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that state income tax revenues plummeted by $2.3 billion since he introduced his new budget plan last month — a bombshell that will force him to curb spending.

Cuomo attributed the revenue drop in December and January largely to the new federal tax code, as well as volatility in the stock market and other uncertainties.

“That’s a $2.3 billion drop in revenues. That’s as serious as a heart attack. This is worse than we had anticipated,” the governor said in Albany.

“This reduction must be addressed in this year’s budget.”

In a rare joint appearance with Cuomo, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli confirmed the deteriorating finances.

“This is the most serious revenue shock the state has faced in many years,” he said.

He urged Cuomo and the Legislature to sock more money away in the state’s rainy day fund to prepare for the worst.

Cuomo had planned to spend $176 billion — including about $100 billion in federal funds — in the new fiscal year that starts on April 1.

Cuomo’s preliminary analysis claims much of the impact is coming from a drop in revenues from the state’s highest income earners most impacted by the loss of write-offs of state and local tax deductions, known as SALT.

The federal law approved by President Trump and the then-GOP controlled Congress limited SALT deductions to $10,000.

The loss of revenue from New York’s wealthiest puts New York in a bind because the state relies on a progressive income tax system that taxes the rich at a higher rate.

One percent of the state’s top income earners provide 46 percent of the state’s personal income tax revenues, officials said.

Cuomo said Albany can’t go to the well and tax the wealthy again because that would only worsen the situation, citing “anecdotal” evidence that high-income New Yorkers are already fleeing the state to lower-tax jurisdictions.

He offered no figures to back up the claim.

“I don’t believe raising taxes on the rich. That would be the worst thing to do. You would just expand the shortfall,” he said. “God forbid if the rich leave.”

Aside from spending, Cuomo’s slide presentation also mentioned the state is phasing in tax cuts for middle-income New Yorkers — raising questions whether the state would have to postpone the reductions.

Daily Wire

Published  3 weeks ago

The American pro-life position will get primetime treatment during President Trump's State of the Union address next Tuesday in response to the radical abortion laws being pushed in Democrat-controlled states like New York and Virginia.

According to Politico, sources close to the White House have confirmed that President Trump has told conservative allies he wants to push the abortion issue during his speech next week.

"President Donald Trump is telling conservative allies he wants to incorporate firm anti-abortion language into his State of the Union address Tuesday, and potentially include an anti-abortion figure among his list of invitees, according to four sources familiar with his plans," reports the outlet.

While certainly the morally correct move, President Trump's decision to push the abortion issue so forcefully is also politically momentous, considering that it will galvanize his evangelical base and possibly persuade moderate voters.

"Trump sees an opening to energize his evangelical supporters and capture moderate voters who administration officials believe may be turned off by widespread coverage of New York’s newest abortion law, which allows for termination of some pregnancies after the 24-week mark for health reasons," notes Politico.

Conservatives were largely unified this week in response to comments issued by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam that endorsed infanticide when he said that a baby born alive could be left to die on the table if the mother did not want it. He said:

When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of physicians, more than one physician by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus which is non-viable. So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.

Gov. Northam's comments came shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into law last week one of the most radical abortion measures in United States history, ensuring that women have a "fundamental right" to kill their babies at any time throughout the pregnancy if an authorized abortionist determines in "good faith" that it would "protect the patient's life or health." Under the new law, a woman in New York can literally abort her baby at any time up to the moment of its birth.

Sources close to the White House confirmed to Politico that President Trump has been speaking with Christian leaders on ways to craft his pro-life message.

"The president wants to reaffirm his commitment to pro-life things," said the source.

Earlier this week, during an interview with The Daily Caller, President Trump denounced Northam's words as "terrible."

"I thought it was terrible," he said. "Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb? That’s what it is, that’s what they’re doing, it’s terrible."

"This is going to lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before," he added. "The pro-life movement is very much a 50-50, it’s a very 50-50 issue, actually it’s gained a point or two over the years."

NaturalNews.com

Published  3 weeks ago

(Natural News) The left is quick to appeal to people’s emotions by making a big deal out of children being separated from their parents at the border, but it’s hard to believe they really care about young lives given their radio silence on infanticide.

Take a look at the new law that just went into effect in New York wherein a child can be aborted all the way up until their due date, or even during birth! New York Democrats were seen cheering in the state senate’s chambers when it passed while the rest of us wondered exactly how society has gotten to this heartless place.

The outrageous legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, even allows non-physicians to carry out abortions, making it even easier for babies to be killed – despite the fact that health professionals say third-term abortions are never truly necessary and that children should just be delivered at that point. The Reproductive Health Act would allow abortions for reasons extending beyond health to age, emotional, social and economic factors.

Other states to follow New York’s lead

The governor of Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam, is fully on board with the concept, giving his support earlier this week to legislation in his own state’s assembly that will repeal the current restrictions governing when an abortion can legally be carried out. The new bill, known as the Repeal Act, would legalize abortion all the way up to the point of a natural, full-term delivery.

The legislation also removes the current requirement for three doctors to agree the woman needs a late-term abortion to save her own health; just the mother herself and the abortion doctor would need to consent under a provision in the new bill.

Then, Governor Northam seemed to imply that mothers and abortion doctors could end a baby’s life even after it was born when he said: “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Where is the pushback from others in his party? When Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about Governor Northam’s endorsement of infanticide this week in an interview, she claimed to not know what they were talking about and immediately called on a different reporter, swiftly changing the subject and closing the door on the possibility of condemning the remarks or the bill itself.

This is infanticide no matter how you look at it. It goes way beyond what any reasonable person could ever say is a moral gray area – for example, some people might argue about the morning after pill or whether or not a fetus feels pain. This, on the other hand, is cut and dry; it’s delivering a baby alive and then asking its mother whether she wants it to live or not. In what world is killing a newborn baby acceptable?

Predictably, liberal cable networks like MSNBC and CNN ignored Governor Northam’s comments entirely in their prime time programming, while broadcast networks like CBS, NBC and ABC also failed to call him out for his comments. It looks like they’re really only concerned about young people when guns or immigration are involved and it can further their political agenda.

The same liberals who insist that immigrants deserve a chance refuse to give that same chance to infants. Where is the outrage?

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I Love My Freedom

Published  3 weeks ago

Ever since the media distorted the confrontation between Catholic high school students wearing red MAGA hats and a Native American activist into an all-out attack on Trump supporters, the talking heads have engaged in some of the most shameless race-baiting ever seen on television.

It didn’t take very long for the narrative that the MAGA hats are akin to the white hoods of the Ku Klux Klan to be ginned up in a brazen attempt to stigmatize ordinary Americans exercising their right to political speech as white supremacists and even as the Covington Catholic story was exposed as more fake news, the left continues to hammer the racist angle.

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That’s what CNN’s Chris Cuomo did when he and the ferocious race-obsessed crank Don Lemon said that those who are sporting MAGA hats may as well be wearing shirts that are inscribed with “I hate black people” in yet another new low for a network that continues to plumb new depths.

The segment was slyly built around the story about the California chef who had banned those wearing MAGA hats into his eatery but Cuomo and Lemon only used that as a pretense for their own vile race-baiting commentary.

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What CNN never does is to put out a disclaimer that identifies Cuomo as the brother of New York’s socialist demagogue governor Andrew Cuomo, a man who just cheered the state’s monstrous new abortion laws which amount to infanticide.

Were CNN an honest purveyor of news and information, there would be a chyron that tips views off to the fact that he is a dishonest political hack.

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The embittered and possibly deranged Lemon was quick to chime in that the hats represent:

“The Central Park five,” “birtherism,” and “Mexicans are rapists”

All of which are thinly veiled and rewarmed talking points that have been used against Trump.

The most sinister aspect is that since the left has been unable to do anything that has been effective against the president that they so despise that this marks a shift in tactics toward fomenting hate against those who would vote to reelect him through intimidation and social shaming.

CNN is totally out of control and sooner or later, incendiary rhetoric like this could have major consequences.

The Federalist

Published  3 weeks ago

Tax hikes, expansive and morally abominable new abortion laws, plus potential restrictions on gun rights make New York a worse and worse place to live.

Conservative News Today

Published  3 weeks ago

Exasperated by the Democrat Party’s apparent newfound embrace of infanticide, conservative Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has challenged his left-wing peers in the Senate to prove they’re against the murder of newborn babies by voting Monday in favor of his Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. “[O]n Monday evening I’m going to be asking unanimous consent for senators […]

National Review

Published  3 weeks ago

This week, a delegate to the Virginia state legislature introduced a bill affirming abortion up to the moment of birth. In shocking testimony, the delegate admitted that even when it was obvious that a child was about to be born — in the 40th week of a pregnancy, even in the midst of active labor — this proposed law would allow for the child to be aborted, so long as a single doctor approves.

Governor Ralph Northam, a supporter of the bill, went even further in a radio interview the next day. He tried to reassure its opponents that if a child survived an abortion, “the infant would be kept comfortable. [And] the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue.”

There’s another word for this: infanticide. And it is morally reprehensible and evil.

Virginia’s bill comes just a week after the New York state senate was filled with cheers following the passage of a similar law. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared it “a historic victory for . . . our progressive values” and directed pink lights to shine on landmarks throughout the state, including One World Trade Center.

This shameless embrace of a culture of death is startling to every American who cherishes life. Not too long ago, the Democratic party’s stated position was that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” It was this widespread rejection of late-term abortion that led a large bipartisan majority in Congress to pass the partial-birth-abortion ban in 2003. But now look at how far the Democratic party has fallen.

To support, let alone cheer, late-term abortions not only marks a disturbing step backward by so-called “progressives” — it also violates every demand of human decency. As modern science has moved the point of viability ever earlier in pregnancy, most Americans have agreed that a child who can survive outside the womb deserves a chance at life. Only a handful of countries, including China and North Korea, allow late-term abortions.

Until we heard those cheers coming from Albany and the defense of the indefensible over the airwaves in Virginia, we thought states were moving beyond such barbaric practices.

These Virginia and New York late-term abortion bills should be a call to action for all Americans. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable, and it would be unconscionable for us to let this moment pass in silence. We must recommit ourselves, today and every day, to restoring the sanctity of life to the center of American law.

For my part, I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to the most pro-life president in American history. From his first week in office, President Trump has been a tireless champion of life. He reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, ensuring that our foreign-aid dollars don’t go to groups that promote or perform abortions abroad. He withdrew the United States from the United Nations Population Fund to prevent our tax dollars from supporting forced sterilization and abortion overseas. And he signed a law to empower states to withhold federal funding from abortion providers — and defund Planned Parenthood.

But the commitment to life extends further than our administration. Beyond the White House, state leaders are taking action to protect the unborn. They are encouraging parents to choose life by requiring brief waiting periods, setting ultrasound and other informed-consent standards, and prohibiting abortions based solely on a child’s sex, race, or disability — a measure I was proud to sign into law as governor of Indiana.

And thanks to the efforts of millions of compassionate and caring Americans across the country, we are changing minds and turning hearts to embrace life as never before. Fewer abortions are being performed than ever recorded — a decrease of more than 50 percent since the 1980s. This is a true cause for celebration.

So even in this dark moment in our nation’s history, Americans should take heart. The New York and Virginia bills aren’t some bold departure into a brave new world. They are the last gasp of a dying movement that stands in stark and irreconcilable contrast with our nation’s timeless founding principles.

After all, at the base of the same One World Trade Center that was bathed in pink last week to mark the passage of New York’s law, is the September 11th memorial. There, the names of all who died in the horrific terrorist attacks 18 years ago are etched in stone — including the eleven unborn children we lost along with their expectant mothers.

Our commitment to the unalienable right to life is as sure as the stone in which those names are etched. And our administration, and our movement, will continue to fight until our nation once again recognizes and celebrates the sanctity of all human life.

American Greatness

Published  3 weeks ago

President Bill Clinton in 1996 told Americans abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” That was then. Now the cult of death, pro-abortion movement has taken over the Democratic Party whole-cloth, and the result is the infanticidal law passed in New York on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Now the party line has shifted to abortion on demand, paid for by taxpayers, at any time, even up until moments before birth: witness what just took place in New York state. The Empire State no more; New York is now the Abortion State.

The laws just signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo are as vile as they are expansive. New Yorkers are now legally able to end the life of their unborn child up until the moment of birth. In cases which threaten the health (even the mental health) of the mother or when the unborn child isn’t considered “viable,” a woman now has the right to have lethal injection performed on the child, ending its life just moments before it would enter the world.

And you don’t even need a doctor to conduct this abortion; New Yorkers can have physician assistants and even midwives perform some abortions. New York’s new abortion laws put it in the same class as China, Vietnam, and North Korea, where abortion is available at most any point.

The bad company in which New York now finds itself should speak to the immorality of this law. Just because people pass a law and make something “legal” doesn’t mean an action thereby becomes moral or ethical or right: slavery was legal, too. To hear the cheers on the floor of the New York Senate when the law passed must have been the same sound slave owners made when a new big shipment of fresh slaves came pulling into port or the cheers that echoed through the Reichstag with the passage of the Nuremberg Laws.

New York can legalize evil all day long, but it won’t change the brutal reality that a human child dies with every abortion. “Legality” didn’t justify the Nazis’ atrocities, nor did it legitimize institutionalized racism and slavery in America’s Antebellum South. Neither can it legitimize abortion on demand.

The singular William Wilberforce, when he spoke on the floor of the House of Commons over 200 years ago, pushing for the abolition of the slave trade throughout the British Empire, said, “Policy is not my principle and I am not ashamed to say it. There is a principle above everything that is political and when I reflect on the command which says, ‘Thou shalt do no murder,’ believing that authority to be divine, how can I dare set up my reasonings of my own against it. And when we think of eternity, and of the future consequences of all human conduct, what is there in this life that should make any man contradict the dictates of his conscience, the principle of justice and the laws of religion, and of God?”

There is no justice or rightness or goodness in what New York has done.

Horrifyingly, Vermont legislators are now looking to follow New York’s lead with an abortion bill that would loosen controls on abortion even further. The proposed constitutional amendment in Vermont would ban prosecution of “any individual for inducing, performing, or attempting to induce or perform the individual’s own abortion,” making it functionally impossible to stop someone from performing abortions at any stage of pregnancy for any reason. Moreover, Democrats in the state of Virginia are brazenly proposing legislation to have abortions up until the moment of birth, their governor having suggested in a radio interview that it is no big deal. Rhode Island and New Mexico Democrats are making similar moves.

It’s almost as though Democrats are channeling Mengele and Molech.

There are terms for what they are proposing, including butchery, infanticide, and murder. In a normal society, people who proposed such barbarism would be ostracized and yet Democrats openly celebrate these politicians as heroes and champions. They are not just tolerated, they are embraced by one of the major political parties in the United States.

To add further to the sickness of it it all, some of these same people, no doubt would be horrified by the killings of kittens or puppies or baby sea turtles, yet with a straight face and acting as though it’s perfectly normal they propose killing a human baby right at the moment of birth.

There is nothing normal about any of this and, in a very personal way, this is all quite horrific. There are moments in life you never forget and for me, the moment my daughter was born at 24 weeks is one of those. This little one pound, seven-ounce, 12-inch long baby girl, shortly after she was born, took my forefinger into her hand. Her skin was like tissue paper, her eyes still sealed shut; her little hand, with its perfectly formed fingernails, was so tiny it couldn’t even fit around my finger. I just stood there by her isolated, watching her, torn by grief, wanting to lay down and take her place, praying, hoping: It was clear that this tiny human being wanted to live. Of course, she could not speak these words but she was fighting. After four months in the NICU, she came home to us. She just turned 11 a few months ago.

My daughter’s survival and her beautiful life showed me clearly that the pro-abortion lobby is on the wrong side of literally everything, including science. Now, children like my daughter are born earlier and earlier. Doctors are able to save babies in even more desperate conditions at even earlier weeks of the pregnancy. Eventually, we might see a time when an unborn child is viable at extremely early stages of the pregnancy. At some point, abortion advocates must come to terms with the obvious implications of their actions: they are killing human beings. Period. As slavery is a horrifying blot on our history, for which we paid dearly with hundreds of thousands of lives, so too abortion on demand is to the utter shame of this great nation. The Left will not let us forget the stain of slavery, but what has it learned from it?

In light of what New York has done, and what other states are proposing, it is time for the Senate and House to take up the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would ensure that abortions cannot be performed 20 weeks after fertilization. There are literally only seven countries in the entire world that allow these late-term elective abortions: China, North Korea, Vietnam, Canada, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United States. This should horrify every American with a conscience.

But clearly, it doesn’t.

On the day he signed the bill into law, Cuomo ordered the lights of World Trade Center One changed pink to commemorate the passage of the bill. Cuomo should have had them colored red for the blood on the hands of New York state for all the innocent children who will lose their lives.

Photo credit: BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images

coreysdigs.com

Published  3 weeks ago

The hidden abortion agenda was orchestrated back in 1993 by some of the most corrupt and evil benefactors, and atrocities have occured along the way. READ.

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

Senate Democrats blocked a bill that would require babies born alive during abortion to receive medical care and be transported to a hospital.

POLITICO

Published  3 weeks ago

The president's Tuesday night address might also include a 'warm and fuzzy' gesture to his recent nemesis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to a White House aide.

Live Action News

Published  3 weeks ago

The public has been horrified by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the Reproductive Health Act — which removes virtually all protections for preborn children in the state — and by Virginia Democratic lawmakers’ attempts to push through an extreme bill that Delegate Kathy Tran admitted would allow for abortion even after a woman goes into labor. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam got himself into some hot water of his own when he attempted to defend the bill on a radio show, and sounded to some as if he were defending the act of infanticide. The pro-abortion governor responded on Twitter — but his response rang hollow (and utterly ironic) to many.

I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.

— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 31, 2019

But the devotion of these Virginia and New York lawmakers seems to actually be directed toward a very large donor to their campaigns — one which stands to gain a large windfall from the removal of restrictions on abortion and which has been working to expand abortion across the nation: Planned Parenthood. In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress recorded Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, admitting that her organization wanted to become more heavily involved in offering late-term abortions. And it is Planned Parenthood dollars that support politicians like Northam and Tran.

According to CNS News, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, the abortion giant’s state advocacy arm, vowed to provide $3 million to the pro-abortion Governor in 2017. Voter contribution reports gathered by two organizations reveal that Planned Parenthood gave Gov. Ralph Northam closer to $2 million in 2017. VoteSmart.org indicates that Northam’s campaign received $1,976,881.07 from Planned Parenthood Virginia and $115,453.86 from Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Virginia Public Access Project shows nearly $150,000 was given to Northam by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

According to VoteSmart.org, Planned Parenthood of Virginia also gave $2,792.62 to the political campaign of Virginia State Rep. Kathy Tran, the sponsor of the late-term abortion proposal that would allow abortions up to 40 weeks, for any reason. Additional candidates were also funded, according to VPAP. In Virginia, Planned Parenthood has multiple facilities, and those that don’t commit abortions refer to other Planned Parenthood affiliates for them.

READ: Planned Parenthood cheers for New York, Virginia abortion legislation

Governor Northam was wined and dined as a guest at Planned Parenthood events, including the organization’s “Pink Ball.” In a video published by the abortion corporation’s DC affiliate, you can see the Governor posing at the event.

According to DCist.com, then Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam “put in appearances” at the event where the organization mocked Vice President Mike Pence by featuring, the “Mike Hot Pence, a doppelganger of the vice president known for raising money for Planned Parenthood and a variety of other groups while pantsless.” The group uploaded a picture of Northam greeting DC’s Mayor at the ball.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of VA have called Kathy Tran, Gov. Northam, and other pro-abortion politicians “champions.” Northam had previously vowed not to defund Planned Parenthood.

See screenshots of Virginia Public Access’s donation records below:

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Daily Wire

Published  3 weeks ago

Like her fellow nominally Catholic governor Andrew Cuomo, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, who is also nominally Catholic, supports legislation making abortions legal up until the moment of birth.

The legislation, titled "The Reproductive Health Care Act," states that the state shall not "restrict an individual person from terminating that individual's pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to preserve the health or life of that individual …" The legislation asserts, “For purposes of this section, ‘fetal viability’ means that stage of gestation where the attending physician, taking into account the particular facts of the case, has determined that there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus' sustained survival outside of the womb with or without artificial support.”

The legislation repeals language in the state’s general laws saying that human life begins at conception. The general law reads, “It shall be conclusively presumed in any action concerning the construction, application or validity of section 11-3-1, that human life commences at the instant of conception and that said human life at said instant of conception is a person within the language and meaning of the fourteenth amendment of the constitution of the United States.”

The new legislation also repeals this passage, which banned the gruesome practice of partial birth abortion:

For purposes of this chapter, "partial birth abortion" means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion vaginally delivers a living human fetus before killing the infant and completing the delivery. For purposes of this chapter, the terms "fetus" and "infant" are used interchangeably to refer to the biological offspring of human parents. As used in this section, "vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the infant" means deliberately and intentionally delivers into the vagina a living fetus, or a substantial portion of the fetus, for the purpose of performing a procedure the person performing the abortion knows will kill the infant, and kills the infant.

No person shall knowingly perform a partial birth abortion.

In her State of the State Address delivered earlier this month, Raimondo said, “Let's make this the year we codify women's access to reproductive health care here in Rhode Island.” She and the co-sponsors of the legislation, state Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and state Rep. Edith H. Ajello, have been supporting the Rhode Island Reproductive Health Care Act since 2017. According to Goldin and Ajello, the legislation is to "defend against threats at the federal level.”

LifeNews reports of Raimondo, “Her bill would even repeal the state partial-birth abortion ban and fetal homicide law, which provides justice to pregnant mothers whose unborn babies are killed by abusive partners, drunken drivers or others whose illegal actions cause the death of the unborn baby.”

Nichole Rowley, a mother of two from Lincoln, blasted Raimondo, asserting, “Governor Raimondo claims to be Catholic and is publicly lobbying for Rhode Island to pass radical abortion legislation … the basis of human rights is that all innocent human beings have a natural right to life. The logical conclusion is obvious: the unborn are human beings who deserve the right to life and abortion is a human rights violation.”

American Greatness

Published  3 weeks ago

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Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

It's pretty clear that both of the country's political parties are have changed radically over the past few years, and they are changing still.

Donald Trump, of course, has transformed the GOP -- you may have read about it. On the Democratic side, there have been profound changes, too -- ones that don't get as much quite as much attention. A party that for a hundred years stood with America's middle class now represents the nation's richest and its poorest.

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And so not surprisingly, the party's position on policy has changed accordingly - a lot. So, just about 20 years ago, Democrats championed free speech. They worried about illegal immigration, loudly. They criticized voluntary foreign wars, and they argued that unrestricted trade hurt American workers.

And by the way, quite a few of them -- Democrats --were pro-life, too. Sen. Harry Reid among them. And that's not surprising if you think about it. Democrats said they cared most about the vulnerable in our society. Even Bill Clinton, who vetoed two partial birth abortion bans, felt the need to say he wanted to keep abortion rare. He said that a lot.

Try that in today's Democratic Party. Lots of luck. Modern Democratic activists celebrate abortion as a positive good. "Shout your abortion," they proclaim. They put it on T-shirts. Abortion isn't bad; we need more of it.

Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill making that possible. It's called the Reproductive Health Act, and the law legalizes abortion right to the moment of birth for virtually any reason. Now, to most people, aborting a child moments before delivery might seem uncomfortably like killing. A lot of pro-choice people feel that way. It's a concern. Well, Cuomo's law addresses that concern. The law declares that children who have not been yet born are not, in fact, human. So, don't worry about it.

Cuomo illuminated the new World Trade Center in lower Manhattan with pink lights to celebrate the bill signing. He described it is a profound moral victory. The national press didn't spend a lot of time covering this. No matter how much you might like Roe v. Wade -- maybe you love it -- there's still something pretty ghoulish about celebrating third-term abortion.

Abortion at the point of dilation. If you're confused about what that means, ask anyone who has given birth. And then think about it for a second. There's a lot going on, obviously. But just think about that for one second. You may be pro-choice -- are you okay with that?

Maybe that's why only tiny of percentage American voters support it -- around 13 percent, a small percentage. Nobody really wants to hear the details about any of this, so nobody asks. And that's why a video of a Virginia Democratic lawmaker called Kathy Tran is remarkable. In it, Tran explains in detail a bill she's introduced that will remove all restrictions on late-term abortion. She was asked, "Well, what would that mean exactly?" And Tran tells the truth. She admits her bill allow a woman to request an abortion even when she's dilating.

So, abortion at the point of dilation. If you're confused about what that means, ask anyone who has given birth. And then think about it for a second. There's a lot going on, obviously. But just think about that for one second. You may be pro-choice -- are you OK with that?

Virginia's governor is OK with that. He's thought about it. Ralph Northam is his name. He has been in office a little over a year. He's often described -- in fact, always described as -- "moderate." And that's pretty amazing, given his reaction to Kathy Tran's late-term abortion bill. On Wednesday, he said the following on third-term abortions: "It's done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that is nonviable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant will be resuscitated, if that's what the mother and family desire, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother."

A discussion about killing the infant? The infant. He's direct enough to call the infant what it is - "the infant." But again, he says, "The infant would be delivered and resuscitated if that's what the mother desires."

In other words, the governor of Virginia has just told us in public, on camera, that it's OK to kill a child after the child has been born. That used to be call infanticide, not rhetorically, but literally infanticide - taking the life of a child who is breathing.

The governor seemed to just say that. Did he misspeak? Well, you'd hope. But no, he didn't. Ralph Northam is a physician. He is a pediatric neurologist, in fact. He is not some clueless layman who mangled a neutral talking point.

This is really what he thinks. This is what his party thinks. No one ever says it, but it's true. This is the new, moderate pro-choice position. You should know that.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson's monologue from "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on January 30, 2019.

Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET). He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

realclearpolitics

Published  3 weeks ago

Catholics long were a bulwark of the Democratic Party. This allegiance crystalized in the 1884 election in which James Blaine and the Republicans smeared opponent Grover Cleveland’s Democrats as the party of “Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion,” referring to alcohol legality, Catholic churches, and former Confederate support. The phrase badly backfired on Blaine, making Cleveland president and creating a solid Catholic voting bloc for Democrats for a century.

Today, Catholic Americans are a pivotal swing voter group, with incredible success in deciding national winners. This bloc was especially determinative in 2016 when working-class Catholics in the Midwest, many of whom had voted twice for President Obama, flocked across the aisle and delivered Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin for Donald Trump. In fact, Trump won the Catholic vote by a 52 percent-45 percent spread, almost the same Catholic margin that had returned Obama to office in 2012.

Looking to 2020, Democrats’ task of reclaiming Catholic voters has become daunting due to recent pro-abortion extremism and the blatant anti-Catholicism of prominent Democratic politicians.

Last week New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, himself a Catholic, ordered the spire above the One World Trade Center illuminated in pink to commemorate passage of the most permissive abortion law in America, which allows the procedure to be performed all the way up to birth. In response, Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger wrote to Cuomo that “your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church.” Politically speaking, Cuomo’s position is also contrary to overwhelming public opinion, as only 13 percent of Americans, per Gallup, support legal third-trimester abortion, including only 18 percent of Democratic voters.

But compared to the Democrats in Virginia, Cuomo actually seemed restrained. House Democrats there submitted an abortion bill that sponsor Kathy Tran admitted would permit pregnancy termination even once delivery of the baby begins. Gov. Ralph Northam -- who is a physician -- responded to the uproar by going even further, stating that “if a mother is in labor…the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and family desired.” Apparently, the extremist governor of Virginia thinks that making a fully delivered newborn baby “comfortable” while his or her right to live is determined represents … compassion?

The Democratic Party has traversed from acceptance of early-stage abortion as something that is “safe, legal, and rare” to a wholesale celebration of abortion throughout pregnancy, and even beyond. In addition, Democratic protestations about protecting the health of mothers fall flat because their inclusion of a mother’s mental and emotional well-being allows for nearly anyone to abort at any point during pregnancy. This absolutist position amounts to an infanticide stance that makes even Roe v Wade supporters understandably queasy.

In addition to this abortion militancy, Democratic politicians have also made clear that faithful church members are not qualified for government appointments, including judgeships. For example, presidential candidate Kamala Harris harangued federal judicial nominee Brian Buescher about his faith and membership in the large Catholic charitable fraternity the Knights of Columbus. She dismissed this church “society comprised of primarily Catholic men … [that] opposes a woman’s right to choose.” The California senator also incredulously asked if Buescher was aware of this stance upon joining the service organization. As I previously wrote, the actual scandal would be if the Knights did not accept long-standing Catholic teaching on a matter as fundamental as the sanctity of life.

Harris also disparaged the group’s adherence to the eternal Catholic belief in marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman, asking the nominee, “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed marriage equality when you joined the organization?” For the virulently secular Democratic Party of 2019, the new McCarthyism asks, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Knights of Columbus?”

President Trump, at last invited to deliver the State of the Union by Catholic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, should use that august occasion to encourage adoption in the case of unwanted pregnancy and assail the anti-life and anti-Catholic extremism of the new Democratic Party. Most pro-choice voters recoil at the idea of full-term babies dying by lethal injection in the womb. In calling out Democrats, Trump can promote a culture of life and reap the electoral benefits of opposing the growing radicalism of the Party of Death.

Steve Cortes is a contributor to RealClearPolitics and a CNN political commentator. His Twitter handle is @CortesSteve.

National Review

Published  3 weeks ago

This week, a delegate to the Virginia state legislature introduced a bill affirming abortion up to the moment of birth. In shocking testimony, the delegate admitted that even when it was obvious that a child was about to be born — in the 40th week of a pregnancy, even in the midst of active labor — this proposed law would allow for the child to be aborted, so long as a single doctor approves.

Governor Ralph Northam, a supporter of the bill, went even further in a radio interview the next day. He tried to reassure its opponents that if a child survived an abortion, “the infant would be kept comfortable. [And] the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue.”

There’s another word for this: infanticide. And it is morally reprehensible and evil.

Virginia’s bill comes just a week after the New York state senate was filled with cheers following the passage of a similar law. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared it “a historic victory for . . . our progressive values” and directed pink lights to shine on landmarks throughout the state, including One World Trade Center.

This shameless embrace of a culture of death is startling to every American who cherishes life. Not too long ago, the Democratic party’s stated position was that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” It was this widespread rejection of late-term abortion that led a large bipartisan majority in Congress to pass the partial-birth-abortion ban in 2003. But now look at how far the Democratic party has fallen.

To support, let alone cheer, late-term abortions not only marks a disturbing step backward by so-called “progressives” — it also violates every demand of human decency. As modern science has moved the point of viability ever earlier in pregnancy, most Americans have agreed that a child who can survive outside the womb deserves a chance at life. Only a handful of countries, including China and North Korea, allow late-term abortions.

Until we heard those cheers coming from Albany and the defense of the indefensible over the airwaves in Virginia, we thought states were moving beyond such barbaric practices.

These Virginia and New York late-term abortion bills should be a call to action for all Americans. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable, and it would be unconscionable for us to let this moment pass in silence. We must recommit ourselves, today and every day, to restoring the sanctity of life to the center of American law.

For my part, I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president to the most pro-life president in American history. From his first week in office, President Trump has been a tireless champion of life. He reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, ensuring that our foreign-aid dollars don’t go to groups that promote or perform abortions abroad. He withdrew the United States from the United Nations Population Fund to prevent our tax dollars from supporting forced sterilization and abortion overseas. And he signed a law to empower states to withhold federal funding from abortion providers — and defund Planned Parenthood.

But the commitment to life extends further than our administration. Beyond the White House, state leaders are taking action to protect the unborn. They are encouraging parents to choose life by requiring brief waiting periods, setting ultrasound and other informed-consent standards, and prohibiting abortions based solely on a child’s sex, race, or disability — a measure I was proud to sign into law as governor of Indiana.

And thanks to the efforts of millions of compassionate and caring Americans across the country, we are changing minds and turning hearts to embrace life as never before. Fewer abortions are being performed than ever recorded — a decrease of more than 50 percent since the 1980s. This is a true cause for celebration.

So even in this dark moment in our nation’s history, Americans should take heart. The New York and Virginia bills aren’t some bold departure into a brave new world. They are the last gasp of a dying movement that stands in stark and irreconcilable contrast with our nation’s timeless founding principles.

After all, at the base of the same One World Trade Center that was bathed in pink last week to mark the passage of New York’s law, is the September 11th memorial. There, the names of all who died in the horrific terrorist attacks 18 years ago are etched in stone — including the eleven unborn children we lost along with their expectant mothers.

Our commitment to the unalienable right to life is as sure as the stone in which those names are etched. And our administration, and our movement, will continue to fight until our nation once again recognizes and celebrates the sanctity of all human life.

WayneDupree.com

Published  3 weeks ago

I don’t watch Tucker Carlson on a regular basis because I have other things I have to do such as getting ready for the next day, but I stumbled across this tense exchange and was floored.

I don’t know this Monica Klein, but she’s a real piece of work. Carlson asked her for her opinion on the ability to abort babies when they are in the third trimester, and she didn’t want to answer the question, which speaks a lot for her and how she doesn’t want to be on the record.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation last week making it legal for a woman to abort babies up until childbirth. In the state of Virginia on Tuesday night, a representative in the state legislature tried to run that language for passage also. Tucker wanted this pro-choice advocate to speak on the issue and in robotic form, she kept dodging the question.

“I think that right now, reproductive healthcare is under attack by the Republican Party. Seventy-two percent of Americans support right to choose,” Klein said. “We have [President Donald] Trump and sexual predator [Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh trying to repeal Roe v. Wade and trying to take away control over our bodies. This isn’t about babies. This is about you attempting to control women’s bodies.”

“You can keep trying to put words in my mouth and keep trying to say that the Democratic Party is hurting children,” Klein then said, as the heated debate raged on. “Your party is the one tearing families apart at the border and allowing children to die in federal custody. Whose party is harming children?”

He wanted the guest to speak about the Virginia Governor choosing to support aborting babies at full term, and she was too afraid to answer the question.

The 2020 DNC platform whereby they are defending late-term abortions is going to make for some interesting politics. This whole law is barbarism of the most horrific kind.

Just think; if the law were about puppies instead of tiny humans, it would not stand a chance.

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Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

Northam said, under the bill, an 'infant" aborted in childbirth could be “resuscitated, if that’s what the mother and the family desired.”

National Review

Published  3 weeks ago

Laws permitting abortion up to the point of birth follow naturally from the country’s expansive abortion regime.

Democrats are increasingly explicit in their support for killing unborn children at any stage of pregnancy — and sometimes even of denying normal medical care to born children.

In New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that makes abortion legal, even after the unborn child is viable, so long as the abortionist makes a “reasonable and good-faith judgment” that abortion will protect the pregnant woman’s health. In Rhode Island, Governor Gina Raimondo has pledged to sign legislation that also makes abortion legal after viability to “preserve . . . health.” In Virginia, state legislator Kathy Tran has introduced legislation that would, she has explained, make abortion legal even at term and in the middle of birth.

Governor Ralph Northam supports that legislation. Defending it, he suggested that abortions so late in pregnancy would be done only in cases where the unborn child was severely deformed or unviable and that in such cases parents should be able to withhold medical care if the infants are fully delivered.

Northam is wrong about the reasons for late-term abortions. A 2013 study of abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy indicated that “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.” (The number of such abortions has been estimated at around 13,000 a year. For a sense of scale, that’s more than the annual number of gun homicides in our country.) The legislation Northam backs does not limit late-term abortions to such circumstances, either.

Republicans have reacted to the New York law and the Virginia bill with justified horror. But it’s important to identify correctly what we should be horrified about. The central provisions of these laws and proposed laws do not liberalize abortion policy beyond the status quo. The Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence has for decades effectively forbidden any state from prohibiting abortion even late in pregnancy.

Roe v. Wade held that states could prohibit abortion late in pregnancy only if they made an exception for abortions meant to protect the pregnant woman’s health. Justice Harry Blackmun’s majority opinion in that case mentioned several health harms that unwanted parenthood could cause. Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton — written by the same justice and handed down the same day — also suggested that health should be read broadly. As Blackmun put it, “the medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient.” An exception this broad would of course swallow any prohibition: An abortionist will always be able to say that in his professional judgment, having the child would have adverse emotional or familial consequences.*

Many states have laws against late-term abortion on the books, usually with a health exception that tracks the Supreme Court’s rulings. It is a sign of how broad the Court’s rulings have been — and how much broader they have been than they have generally been described in the press — that almost no successful prosecutions of late-term abortions have ever been undertaken since Roe. (I am aware of only two cases, both of which involved additional charges.) In 2016, Hillary Clinton said, approvingly, that our law does not recognize any right to life for unborn children mere hours from delivery; her description of the law was quite correct.

The Democratic party has, with fewer and fewer exceptions, placed itself firmly behind the proposition that the Supreme Court should not retreat an inch from its protection of abortion. Democrats who take this stance are by implication supporting a policy of legal abortion at any stage of pregnancy. Only a small percentage of Americans — 14 percent of respondents in a 2012 Gallup/USA Today poll — takes that view. But most people are unaware of how expansive the Court’s rulings have been, which lowers the political cost for politicians who take this view. (For that matter, some of those politicians must be ignorant of this point as well.)

Supporters of the country’s expansive abortion regime now fear that the Supreme Court will retreat from it, either by declaring that the Constitution permits states to protect unborn children in general or by letting them offer more protection. That’s why they are pushing legislation in the states to codify that regime. It is an effort that is forcing supporters of abortion to be a little more candid about what they really want: an extreme regime that denies any meaningful protection to unborn children and threatens the protection for born ones.

*There is a revisionist line of argument, sometimes advanced by pro-lifers seeking to get the Supreme Court to narrow the scope of the abortion right, that holds that Doe has been misunderstood on this point. That need not concern us, however, since even if Doe has been misunderstood, the Court has adopted this view of a health exception in subsequent cases. So, for example, the Court has (by a one-vote margin) allowed prohibitions on partial-birth abortion, so long as other methods of abortion remain available throughout pregnancy to protect health broadly understood.

Grrr Graphics

Published  3 weeks ago

The lefty radicals in New York love abortion so much that they’ve decided it’s fine to carry it out even right up until the point of birth.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed last week the Reproductive Healthcare Act, which allows abortions up to 40 weeks to protect the woman’s mental or physical health.

“With the cheers of New York legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo over the signing of now a law allowing abortion up to the moment of birth still ringing in our ears, Virginia legislators rush to join in, essentially working for legal infanticide,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.

Their new ghoulish ‘law’ was welcomed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and others with great fanfare and applause. If the baby somehow survives and is viable, they promise to make it comfortable before killing it. This is horrific. What’s next? Kill old people because they are no longer useful to society? I’m sure the left would love to kill conservatives, too—especially the Christian variety. The left cries for gun control to ‘protect the lives of children,’ but they are willing to kill the most innocent of human beings to protect their love of abortion. Disgusting.

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Hillary Clinton already stated that a baby isn’t a legal human being until after birth. Apparently she and her ilk believe a baby, right up until the point of birth, is just a meaningless blob of matter to be hacked out of the womb as seen fit. Of course, the Clintons themselves consider other humans to be blobs of matter for them to use and exploit or kill and discard as they see fit. Think of the Clinton body trail and Seth Rich.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is much loved by the left because she has aggressively ruled in favor of abortion at every turn. Now that she’s dying (or maybe even dead already), she needs to be replaced by a Supreme Court Justice willing to strike down laws allowing infanticide. It’s time to stop the evil that is the butchery of innocents.

Virginia Republicans on Tuesday killed legislation that would have loosened abortion restrictions after the bill’s sponsor admitted it would allow the procedure even after a mother went into labor.

A House subcommittee voted 5-3 to table H.R. 2491, called the Repeal Act, with all Republicans voting to table it and all Democrats voting against.

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SARAH PALIN

Published  3 weeks ago

Democrats are all-in on promoting measures which would allow women to choose to have an abortion up until the natural birth of a child. "This makes me want to vomit. These people are sick," One America News

Daily Wire

Published  3 weeks ago

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This week, the media did everything in their power to avoid talking about the pro-life March for Life, attended by hundreds of thousands of people who braved the cold to stand with the rights of unborn children. Instead, the media manufactured stories out of whole cloth – in particular, the story of a group of Catholic high school boys supposedly harassing a kind elderly Native American gentleman. That story turned out to be false. But at least the American people weren’t subjected to coverage of the actual March itself. That could have disturbed the Democratic narrative that abortion is freedom.

How far has the Democratic Party gone at this point? Let New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) tell the tale. This week, Cuomo celebrated a bill passed by the legislature that legalized the murder of unborn infants up to the point of birth – and even changed the criminal code so that there would be no separate punishment for the murder of an unborn infant (so, for example, if a boyfriend beat his pregnant girlfriend in the belly so hard she miscarried, the only crime would be for his assault on her, not for his killing of the baby). Cuomo ordered that state sites be lit up in pink, in honor of the imminent murder of thousands of more children.

Meanwhile, Cuomo came out strongly in favor of banning the death penalty in New York, hilariously citing Catholic doctrine in his own defense:

Fountains Valley, Pretoria, the oldest nature reserve in Africa, is proclaimed by President Paul Kruger.

The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

The death penalty is morally indefensible and has no place in the 21st century. Today, in solidarity with @pontifex and in honor of my father, I will be advancing legislation to remove the death penalty from State law once and for all. https://t.co/BxFvym4YTB

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 2, 2018

Now, it’s already bizarre to see Democrats citing the Pope as justification for their politics, given the party’s newfound hatred of Catholicism – just ask the Covington boys, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and the Knights of Columbus. It’s even more bizarre to watch Cuomo invoke the Pope literally days after celebrating the mass killing of the unborn. It turns out the Catholic Church has had some ideas on abortion for a while.

But this is how extreme the Democratic Party has become: open celebration of the lethal injection of the unborn, while simultaneously protecting rapists and murderers from lethal injection. At least we now know whom Democrats think are the most dangerous among us: innocent children who haven’t exited their mothers’ womb.

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

Celebrated evangelical pastor Franklin Graham has urged Cardinal Timothy Dolan to take a strong moral stand against Governor Andrew Cuomo for his recent expansion of abortion in New York in the face of calls for the governor’s excommunication.

Rev. Graham tweeted out a Fox News article in which Catholic leaders call for the excommunication of Gov. Cuomo for “flagrant celebration of pro-abortion bill.”

The article cites Tennesee Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville who said that if it were up to him, he would excommunicate Cuomo.

“This vote is so hideous and vile that it warrants the act,” Bishop Stika wrote.

In response, Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said he does not want to excommunicate the Catholic governor because it would not be effective.

Excommunicating Mr. Cuomo would just be “ammunition” for the abortion lobby, he said, and Cuomo himself is “not going to be moved by this, so what’s the use?”

Rev. Graham took issue with the cardinal’s reasoning, urging him to take a strong stand, regardless of the immediate consequences.

“The Catholic Church is discussing as to whether @NYGovCuomo should be excommunicated from the church for signing the state’s new abortion bill. This law allows for the murder of unborn children up until the day of their birth,” Rev. Graham tweeted Tuesday in response to the article.

“I call on my friend @CardinalDolan to take a moral stand,” Graham wrote. “Whether it moves the governor’s calloused heart or not, it will have a great impact on not only the church in New York, but on the church worldwide. It’s about standing for right over wrong, good over evil.”

In a third Tweet, Graham quoted Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger concerning New York’s new abortion law, noting that “the kind of procedures that now are possible in New York state, we wouldn’t even do to a dog or a cat… It’s torture.”

Catholic canon lawyers have made the case that the matter is serious enough that ecclesiastical authorities have the grounds to excommunicate the governor.

Daily Wire

Published  3 weeks ago

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On Wednesday, in a shocking revelation about the nature of the pro-abortion Democratic Party, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a supposed moderate, endorsed the notion that a woman should be able to let an infant, born alive, die on the table if she decided she did not want the child.

Appearing on WTOP’s Ask The Governor, Northam was asked whether he supported a Virginia legislator’s statement that Virginia Democrats’ proposed legislation would permit abortion for a woman in labor. He stated:

This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved. When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of physicians, more than one physician by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus which is non-viable. So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.

This is pure infanticide. It's also an argument for eugenic murder (see his comments about deformities). Northam is specifically talking about delivering an infant alive and then asking the mother whether the infant should live or not. This is not an argument about the morning-after pill. It’s not an argument over whether a fetus feels pain. This is a statement that a fully-formed infant, born alive, ought to be murdered if the mother says the infant ought to be murdered.

This is pure evil.

And yet this is the position of Democrats across the country. Northam was speaking about a bill proposed by Virginia House member Kathy Tran, which would legalize abortion up to birth. Tran had explained just yesterday that a woman should be able to opt for abortion as she is dilating for birth.

In New York, this is already the law – and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) celebrated that new law by lighting up state sites pink in honor of the killing of fully-formed infants. In Rhode Island, Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI) has already signaled that she wishes to support a similar law.

Northam excuses his evil by stating that men shouldn’t be making these decisions – as though having male genitalia excuses the moral fecklessness necessary to stand by and watch the killing of a newborn baby. But this is no excuse, obviously. The Democrats have decided that the era of safe, legal, and rare is over – the era of “Shout Your Abortion” is here. And if that means dehumanizing already-born children, so be it.

Simply put, the American people do not deserve the care of a benevolent God if they embrace such evil.

SARAH PALIN

Published  3 weeks ago

New York’s newest abortion proposal would allow for a physician to terminate a child up until the moment of its birth. The legislation was praised by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and may have started an unfortunate domino effect in nearby-Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently expressed support for legislation in her state called “The Reproductive Health Care Act,” the Daily Wire reports.

The bill—similar to the New York legislation—would not “restrict an individual person from terminating that individual’s pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to preserve the health or life of that individual…”

“For purposes of this section, ‘fetal viability’ means that stage of gestation where the attending physician, taking into account the particular facts of the case, has determined that there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus’ sustained survival outside of the womb with or without artificial support,” the bill continues.

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And, from the Daily Wire:

The legislation repeals language in the state’s general laws saying that human life begins at conception. The general law reads, “It shall be conclusively presumed in any action concerning the construction, application or validity of section 11-3-1, that human life commences at the instant of conception and that said human life at said instant of conception is a person within the language and meaning of the fourteenth amendment of the constitution of the United States.”

The new legislation also repeals this passage, which banned the gruesome practice of partial birth abortion:

For purposes of this chapter, “partial birth abortion” means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion vaginally delivers a living human fetus before killing the infant and completing the delivery. For purposes of this chapter, the terms “fetus” and “infant” are used interchangeably to refer to the biological offspring of human parents. As used in this section, “vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the infant” means deliberately and intentionally delivers into the vagina a living fetus, or a substantial portion of the fetus, for the purpose of performing a procedure the person performing the abortion knows will kill the infant, and kills the infant.

No person shall knowingly perform a partial birth abortion.

According to the report, Raimondo said 2019 was going to be her year to prioritize women’s reproductive health care access. During her State of the State Address, she reportedly said: “Let’s make this the year we codify women’s access to reproductive health care here in Rhode Island.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the recent passage of a bill which would effectively allow the abortion of a child up to the very moments of its natural birth.

As FaithWire reports, “intentional ambiguity” in the law and a “terrifyingly non-specific” clause would allow women to be able to have their child aborted at any point of the pregnancy.

Per the report:

Simply put, the RHA will allow for the termination of fully formed babies. The killings can take place if the patient is 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, if there is an absence of fetal viability, or, if “the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”

Critically, however, the intentional ambiguity of that last part allows for the destruction of the baby at any point during pregnancy should the doctor deem the mother’s wellbeing is at risk. The term “wellbeing” is, in itself, terrifyingly non-specific. So, with regards to these life and death decisions, physicians will be asked to assess “all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the wellbeing of the patient.”

Effectively, abortion will be available “on demand” up until birth — if the woman wants to terminate her fully-formed child because she claims it is too much for her to deal with financially, emotionally or otherwise, she will be allowed to do so.

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

The abortion debate erupted anew this week after a video surfaced showing the Democratic sponsor of a Virginia abortion proposal acknowledging it could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth, for reasons including mental health.

“First New York, and now a proposed Virginia bill that would legalize abortion up to the moment of birth,” tweeted Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. “This is a sad commentary on the culture of death that continues to creep insidiously into the laws of our county.”

Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran is the sponsor of The Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. The bill -- which was tabled in committee this week -- has the support of top Democrats in the state, including Gov. Ralph Northam.

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The bill would remove a number of restrictions currently in place regarding late-term abortions, including doing away with the requirement that two other physicians certify a third-trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the woman's death or impairment of her mental or physical health. The third trimester lasts until 40 weeks.

Todd Gilbert, the Republican House majority leader, questioned Tran about the bill during a hearing Monday. He asked Tran if a woman who has physical signs she is about to give birth could request an abortion if a physician said it could impair her "mental health."

"Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth. She has physical signs that she is about to give birth. Would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so-certified -- she’s dilating," he asked.

“Mr. Chairman, that would be ... a decision that the doctor, the physician and the woman would make at that point,” Tran replied.

“I understand that,” Gilbert replied. “I’m asking if your bill allows that.”

Tran replied: “My bill would allow that, yes.”

Virginia Republicans shared video of the exchange, posting, “Heartbreaking... This isn't in New York, this isn't in California, this happened just this week right here in Virginia.”

“Virginia House Democrats proposed legislation to allow abortions up to just seconds before that precious child takes their first breath…Thankfully, our strong conservative majority was able to defeat this bill,” the Virginia House of Delegates Republican Caucus posted on Facebook.

In promoting the bill, Tran has said it "eliminates medically unnecessary and unduly burdensome requirements that make it difficult for women to access abortions," recognizing that "women have the constitutional right to make healthcare decisions about their own bodies."

The effort in Virginia follows New York passing a bill last week loosening the restrictions on abortion, as New Mexico, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington also pass new laws expanding abortion access or move to strip old laws from the books that limit abortions.

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The loosening of the laws comes as pro-abortion activists fear the newly conservative Supreme Court will overturn the 1973 ruling that made abortions legal.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week directed the One World Trade Center and other landmarks to be lit in pink Tuesday to celebrate the passage of "Reproductive Health Act."

Under the Reproductive Health Act, non-doctors are now allowed to conduct abortions and the procedure could be done until the mother's due date if the woman's health is endangered or if the fetus is not viable. The previous law only allowed abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman's life was at risk.

If Roe v. Wade were overturned, 16 states could take steps to ban abortion. Four have laws that would trigger bans, while 12 others have anti-abortion laws on the books that have been ruled unconstitutional by courts or have not been enforced due to the 1973 Supreme Court decision, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research organization.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

Diamond & Silk

Published  3 weeks ago

Last week, people were shocked when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other Democrats cheered when he signed a bill allowing for abortions to take place up until the moment of birth.

But it isn’t just New York where Democrats are pushing such vile laws.

Virginia is also pushing a similar law eliminating all restrictions on abortion.

Along with allowing abortion up to the moment of birth, the so-called Reproductive Health Act also loosens restrictions on who performs them, and removes the fatal procedure from the state’s criminal code. “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,” reads the legislation signed by Cuomo.

So long as a licensed practitioner acts in “good faith,” says the law, an abortion can be performed “to protect the patient’s life or health.” Notably, “health” was defined by the Supreme Court (Doe v. Bolton) to broadly include “emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.”

And just to make sure it was eminently clear that it allowed abortion up to the moment of birth, a Republican lawmaker Todd Gilbert grilled Kathy Tran the Democratic lawmaker proposing the bill.

Gilbert: Where it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth, that she has physical signs that she is about to give birth. Would that be a point at which she could still request an abortion if she was so certified? She’s dilating.

Tran: Mr. Chairman, that would be a decision that the doctor, the physician, and the woman would make at that point.

Gilbert: I understand that. I’m asking if your bill allows that.

Tran: My bill would allow that, yes.

Kathy Tran’s Twitter profile ironically notes this:

“Fighting for a welcoming and inclusive Commonwealth where all thrive.”

When she’s basically justifying what is little more than infanticide.

People were sickened.

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire Wednesday after he waded into the fight over a controversial abortion bill that one sponsor said could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth -- with critics saying Northam indicated a child could be killed after birth.

Northam, whose office is now pushing back on those claims, appeared on WTOP to discuss The Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran, one of the sponsors, sparked outrage from conservatives when she was asked at a hearing if a woman about to give birth and dilating could still request an abortion.

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“My bill would allow that, yes,” she said.

Northam, a former pediatric neurologist, was asked about those comments and said he couldn’t speak for Tran, but said that third-trimester abortions are done with “the consent of obviously the mother, with consent of the physician, multiple physicians by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities or there may be a fetus that’s not viable.”

“So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

The intent of his comments was not clear. But some conservative commentators and lawmakers took his remarks to mean he was discussing the possibility of letting a newborn die -- even "infanticide."

“This is morally repugnant,” Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said in a statement to National Review. “In just a few years pro-abortion zealots went from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to ‘keep the newborns comfortable while the doctor debates infanticide.’ I don’t care what party you’re from — if you can’t say that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office.”

Northam Communications Director Ofirah Yheskel said GOP critics were "trying to play politics with women's health" -- and sought to clarify:

"No woman seeks a third trimester abortion except in the case of tragic or difficult circumstances, such as a nonviable pregnancy or in the event of severe fetal abnormalities, and the governor's comments were limited to the actions physicians would take in the event that a woman in those circumstances went into labor. Attempts to extrapolate these comments otherwise is in bad faith and underscores exactly why the governor believes physicians and women, not legislators, should make these difficult and deeply personal medical decisions."

Former Sen. Jim DeMint called Northam’s remark’s “evil.”

“VA Gov Northam is no moderate, this is one of the most vile, radical pro-abortion positions ever put forward. This is evil. He should recant or resign,” he said.

The effort in Virginia follows New York passing a bill last week loosening restrictions on abortion, as New Mexico, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington also pass new laws expanding abortion access or move to strip old laws from the books that limit abortions.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week directed the One World Trade Center and other landmarks to be lit in pink Tuesday to celebrate the passage of "Reproductive Health Act." Under that legislation, non-doctors are now allowed to conduct abortions and the procedure could be done until the mother's due date if the woman's health is endangered or if the fetus is not viable.

The previous law only allowed abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman's life was at risk.

Fox News' Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

Conservative Tribune

Published  3 weeks ago

Idaho state lawmakers released the draft of a bill that would classify abortion as murder and allow for the prosecution of abortionists and others who conduct abortions.

Although Idaho Code already defines murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being including, but not limited to, a human embryo or fetus,” killing the unborn child through abortion is currently legal in the state.

The Idaho Code also currently prohibits the prosecution of “any person for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman, or a person authorized by law to act on her behalf, has been obtained or for which such consent is implied by law.”

This new bill — the Idaho Abortion Human Rights Act — would remove the laws that block prosecution, according to Idaho’s local Coeur d’Alene Press.

Republican state Reps. John Green and Heather Scott introduced the bill on Jan 22., the 46th anniversary of Roe. v. Wade.

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“To accomplish this historic restoration of human rights for the unborn in Idaho, the act simply repeals the prohibition of prosecution for abortion, found in Idaho Code 18-4016 and puts the matter within existing statute for the prosecution of murder, where it clearly belongs,” the lawmakers said.

“Abortion is, without question, the chief means of depriving unborn Idahoans of the most fundamental of all human rights, which is the right to life.”

In 2018, almost 42 million unborn children were killed worldwide by abortion, according to Worldometers.

Republican lawmakers aren’t the only ones toughening their stance on abortion; leftists are doubling down on the horrific practice.

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing abortion up until the moment of birth.

Abortion at any stage of pregnancy is horrific, but there’s something particularly barbaric about poisoning the heart of a fully formed baby who would survive and thrive outside the womb.

And New York isn’t the only ones pushing these evil laws.

Seven other states and Washington, D.C., already allow abortion until birth for any reason — Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.

Democratic lawmakers in Virginia have also introduced legislation to allow abortions up until the moment of birth.

Watch Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran admit what the bill would allow in the video below:

Thank God for lawmakers in Idaho who are committed to ending this evil and barbaric practice in their state.

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LifeNews.com

Published  3 weeks ago

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing a radical pro-abortion bill in her state while claiming to be Catholic.

The legislation, which contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church, would legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth. A state House committee is expected to vote on the bill today.

Earlier this month, Raimondo promised to support the pro-abortion bill in her State of the State address, NBC 10 reports.

“Let’s make this the year we codify women’s access to reproductive health care here in Rhode Island,” Raimondo said.

The Rhode Island Reproductive Health Care Act, co-sponsored by state Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and Rep. Edith H. Ajello, would strip away even minor, common-sense abortion regulations – ones that a strong majority of Americans support. It would eliminate all protections for unborn babies and codify Roe v. Wade into state law in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the ruling.

The bill appears to allow restrictions for late-term abortions, but it adds a broad “health” exception for abortions after viability. The exception would allow women to abort unborn babies up to nine months of pregnancy for basically any “health” reason, including “age, economic, social and emotional factors,” a definition given by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Doe v. Bolton.

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Ajello described protections for unborn babies as “insidiously restrictive, harmful and patriarchal reproductive laws.” Her bill would even repeal the state partial-birth abortion ban and fetal homicide law, which provides justice to pregnant mothers whose unborn babies are killed by abusive partners, drunken drivers or others whose illegal actions cause the death of the unborn baby.

The ACLU, which supports Ajello’s bill, has claimed fetal homicide laws are problematic because they treat “a fetus as a person.”

The Democrat-controlled Rhode Island legislature may pass the pro-abortion bill, spurred on by fears about the new conservative Supreme Court.

“With women’s healthcare under attack in Washington, it’s more urgent than ever that we take proactive steps to enshrine women’s access to reproductive care here in Rhode Island,” Raimondo’s spokesman told NBC 10.

But pro-life advocates are fighting back, exposing the inhumane, gruesome truth about the legislation. Nichole Rowley, a mother of two from Lincoln, has been speaking out in defense of life.

“Governor Raimondo claims to be Catholic and is publicly lobbying for Rhode Island to pass radical abortion legislation,” Rowley told the local news.

She and her husband plan to testify in front of the state House committee today, according to the report.

“… the basis of human rights is that all innocent human beings have a natural right to life,” Rowley said. “The logical conclusion is obvious: the unborn are human beings who deserve the right to life and abortion is a human rights violation.”

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are lobbying for the bill.

If the bill passes, America could see abortion rates rise after a steady decline for decades. Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a similar pro-abortion bill, legalizing abortion for basically any reason up to birth. The Vermont and New Mexico legislatures are considering very similar legislation this winter.

ACTION: Contact the Rhode Island legislature to oppose this bill. And contact Gov. Gina Raimondo to oppose the bill.

Daily Wire

Published  3 weeks ago

The public has been outraged by a recent slew of state legislatures and Democrat politicians looking to legalize the murder of the unborn up to the moment of birth or, astonishingly, even

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity was fired up Wednesday after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam made controversial comments regarding third-trimester abortions on a radio show.

“This Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, so rigid,” Hannity said on the debut of his new Fox Nation show, “Hannity On Air.”

“I don’t really talk about abortion a lot. To me this is not about abortion,” Hannity said.

Northam appeared on WTOP radio Wednesday to discuss his state’s controversial abortion bill ,which seeks to repeal a ban on third-trimester abortions.

“So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam said on the show.

Conservatives were outraged by the comments and Hannity was shocked.

“Honest people can disagree on the controversial topic of abortion,” Hannity told his audience. “When it gets to the point that the baby can live on its own ... that defines innocence. This defines us as a country, in my opinion.”

“Attempts to extrapolate these comments otherwise is in bad faith and underscores exactly why the governor believes physicians and women, not legislators, should make these difficult and deeply personal medical decisions,” Northam’s communication director, Ofirah Yheskel, said.

Hannity continued to take on Governor Northam and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently supported loosening abortion restrictions.

“How as a country do we reconcile what is now infanticide and a party in America making it a top priority?” Hannity asked.

Fox News

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Conservative Tribune

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'Initially, the abortion proceeded normally...'

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

What the AccuWeather service calls “the coldest weather in years” is gripping the nation, from Wisconsin to Alabama. The temperatures, AccuWeather says, “will put millions of people and animals throughout the Midwestern United States at risk for hypothermia and frostbite to occur in minutes during the final days of January.”

The only real defense against Winter Storm Jayden is fossil fuels—the source of the vast majority of electricity that Americans will need to stay warm. Pie-in-the-sky talk about renewable energy won’t warm hearths and hearts during this storm, because the sun isn’t shining all the time and the wind capacity simply isn’t there.

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So, Americans will reply on fossil fuels—the much-demonized source of concentrated energy – to power our economy and saves lives, literally.

Let’s take two states as examples. Illinois is near the geographical center of the polar vortex. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, the temperature was 5 degrees Fahrenheit, with an expected low in the next 24 hours of 23 below zero. Those winds coming off Lake Michigan are dropping the wind chill to as much as 55 below zero through Thursday morning.

But renewable energy is sitting this one out in Illinois. In 2016, wind and solar energy contributed just 6 percent of Illinois’ electricity supply. A respectable 52 percent came from Illinois’ aging nuclear power sources, but those generators are in trouble financially and politically.

That means nearly 40 percent of Illinois’ electricity came from coal, natural gas and oil. And every Illinoisan, from Waukegan to Carbondale, is thankful for that this week.

In New York, Albany isn’t getting hit as hard as Chicago; its low temp on Wednesday was forecast to be only 8 degrees below zero. By Friday, it should be a balmy 20 degrees.

What’s keeping New Yorkers warm this week? Fossil fuels.

Of course, the Empire State generates more hydroelectric power than any state east of the Rockies, supplying about 20 percent of that state’s needs (thanks, Niagara Falls!), but wind and solar make up only 4 percent of New York’s electricity portfolio.

These numbers will change, of course, as solar and wind technology improve. And both Illinois and New York have clear goals for transitioning to more renewable power in the future. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pledged to achieve 25 percent renewable energy by 2025 and 100 percent by 2050. (Environmental groups say the state is unlikely to reach even that first goal.)

And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his state hopes to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040.

Yet the cold, hard facts are difficult to ignore in weather like this.

Governors can’t mandate the advances in storage capacity and wind and solar efficiency we’ll need to reach those goals. What they can do—by imposing strict regimes that lead to the closing of reliable fossil fuel-powered generators is drive up the cost of electricity (New Yorkers pay about 45 percent more per kilowatt hour than the national average, for example.

Which brings us to New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, which would double down on the policies that are making power more expensive—and less reliable—in many parts of the U.S. Because the freshman member of Congress has offered few specifics, we’re left to speculate on what, exactly, the Green New Deal will entail.

It’s likely to be President Obama’s Clean Power Plan Redux, with a little social justice thrown in (she tends to toss in income inequality and higher taxes on the rich).

Yet Harry C. Alford, of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, warns that the Clean Power Plan (even without higher taxes) would have increased poverty among blacks by 23 percent and Hispanics by 26 percent, due to “severe and disproportionate economic burdens.” That’s because lower-income families spend a larger portion of their income on electricity and transportation fuel, not to mention food, clothing and housing, which are also affected by energy pricing).

Winter Storm Jayden should wake us up to some cold truths. Today, fossil fuels stand between us and the icy chill of winter weather. Policies that try to chase them from our energy portfolios prematurely are doomed to fail—and to leave American families, particularly the poorest among us, out in the bitter cold.

The Honorable Robert Henneke is the General Counsel and Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that she thought God wanted Donald Trump to be president of the United States.

“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president,” she said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network. “And that’s why he’s there and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”

Sanders gave CBN News a lengthy interview where she also responded to questions about Nancy Pelosi calling Trump’s proposed wall as “immoral.” CBN provided Breitbart News with a transcript of the interview.

“Honestly, it’s very hard at this point to even take a lecture from Democrats on what is moral and what isn’t,” she replied.

She pointed to Democratic leaders like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who endorsed late term abortion, and Democrats in Congress for exploring the move of taking “so help me God” out of their swearing-in ceremonies.

“But the idea that protecting the people of your country, which is the fundamental duty of being President of the United States,would in some way be immoral is a ridiculous charge and something that I think probably, I would think Speaker Pelosi may even regret making that comment because she’s seen how ridiculous that sounds and how the evidence is so contrary to that comment,” Sanders concluded.

CBN News will air parts of the interview with Sanders on Wednesday’s Faith Nation on the CBN News Channel at 6:00 p.m. ET.

True Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Music icon Charlie Daniels blasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Saturday tweet, asserting that a new state law that legalizes abortion up until birth threatens to make the Empire State resemble an infamous Nazi concentration camp.

“Watch the wrinkles on Cuomo’s face lengthen as the ramifications of the thousands of murders he has sanctioned come to bear on him,” Daniels, 82, tweeted. “The NY legislature has created a new Auschiwitz dedicated to the execution of a whole segment of defenseless citizens. Satan is smiling.”

Watch the wrinkles on Cuomo’s face lengthen as the ramifications of the thousands of murders he has sanctioned

come to bear on him.

The NY legislature has created a new Auschiwitz dedicated to the execution of a whole segment of defenseless citizens.

Satan is smiling

— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) January 26, 2019

Cuomo has come under fire from faith leaders and pro-lifers for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. He called the law “a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values” on Jan. 22, the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

In celebration of the law, Cuomo directed One World Trade Center and other landmarks to be lit in pink.- READ MORE

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and other ultra liberals in New York state think that ending a baby's life at 9 months is a celebratory moment. What has happen to the mo

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the passage of an abortion bill that legalizes abortion up until the point of birth in many cases to the applause of progressives, but angered many religious leaders, especially in the Democratic governor's own professed Catholic faith.

Now, some Catholic leaders are calling for him to be excommunicated from the church.

Cuomo held a public signing of the bill minutes after the "Reproductive Health Act" passed, moving abortion from the state criminal statute to the health code. The new law allows non-doctors to perform the procedure and allows for abortions up to the point of birth if the life or health of the mother is deemed at risk or the baby is not viable. The governor especially angered opponents when he ordered that landmarks in the state, including One World Trade Center, be lit pink in celebration.

"It goes way beyond Roe v. Wade in so many ways, so I don't see it as something to celebrate," Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger told "Fox & Friends" Saturday. "The kind of procedures that are now available in New York state, we wouldn't even do to a dog or a cat...It's torture."

New York state bishops have been asked to consider ex-communication, which Scharfenberger says is a "last resort" that may come about if Cuomo continues to distance himself from the church.

Scharfenberger said Cuomo, who has touted his Roman Catholic faith and the fact that he was a former altar boy in his State of the State address earlier this month, should not be receiving communion because of his flagrant celebration of the pro-abortion bill, a "very radical separation from the Catholic communion" and "light years away" from Pope Francis on abortion.

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Tennesee Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville tweeted on Thursday that if it were up to him, he’d excommunicate Cuomo.

“This vote is so hideous and vile that it warrants the act,” Stika wrote.

Other Catholics, including bishops, agreed on social media, but it is unlikely to happen.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, told "Fox & Friends" Monday morning it would just be "ammunition" for pro-abortion opponents who would dismiss the issue as a Catholic one and not a human rights issue. He said he gets "wheelbarrows" full of letters a day asking about it.

"He's not going to be moved by this, so what's the use?" Dolan remarked.

OHIO'S NEW GOVERNOR SAYS HE'LL SIGN 'HEARTBEAT' ABORTION BILL THAT KASICH VETOED

The New York archbishop did note that excommunication for anyone who performed abortions or supported the practice was the norm until the last 50 years or so when the church focused more on mercy.

Cuomo’s father, the late three-term governor Mario Cuomo, was threatened with excommunication for his views on abortion.

LifeNews.com

Published  3 weeks ago

On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into law a bill that would legalize abortions up to birth. The move has prompted worldwide criticism from pro-life people across the globe.

But in one analysis article, pro-life columnist Matt Walsh made an interesting observation. He noted how the state of New York prohibits the death penalty but now allows abortions of unborn babies up until the day of their birth. That makes it so that while convicted murderers can’t receive a lethal injection, unborn babies can.

Here’s more:

Just to drive home the point, here is how a late-term abortion — the kind of abortion just legalized in New York — is carried out: as it has been explained by a former abortionist, the baby is injected with a poison directly into his skull or torso. He then suffers a hideously painful death, which he will certainly feel because of his developed nervous system. The mother carries the corpse around in her womb for a day. The next day, there is an ultrasound to check if the baby is dead. If he isn’t — if he has been writhing and suffering in agony for the past 24 hours, clinging onto life — then he will be injected again. The following day, the mother delivers her dead child. Sometimes she delivers him at the clinic, but if she can’t make it on time, the clinic is perfectly happy to recommend that she give birth into her toilet.

The crucial fact is that a delivery must happen either way. If a mother in the third trimester decides she doesn’t want or can’t have her baby inside her, she is going to have to deliver him one way or another. The only question is whether she will deliver a dead child or a living one. Giving a lethal injection to the child may be the more convenient route, but it is certainly not the safer or healthier or more necessary one.

Speaking of lethal injection, in case you haven’t yet grasped how twisted this law is, consider that capital punishment has been ruled unconstitutional in New York. You are not allowed to give a lethal injection to convicted serial killers, pedophiles, rapists, school shooters, or any other species of monster. But you can give a lethal injection to an infant. Indeed, you can only give lethal injections to infants in New York. The crime of child rape will not earn you the needle. The crime of being conceived in the wrong womb might. It is a capital offense, and you may well be made to suffer dearly for it.

The hypocrisy is unreal, but don’t expect the mainstream media to call Cuomo out on it.

Meanwhile, New Mexico and Vermont are following New York.

New Mexico moved closer to adopting a radical new law allowing abortions for basically any reason up to birth on Saturday. And Vermont has fast-tracked a bill that would legalize all abortions up to birth without any limits.

LifeNews.com

Published  3 weeks ago

New Mexico moved closer to adopting a radical new law allowing abortions for basically any reason up to birth on Saturday.

State House Bill 51 passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs committee in a 3-2 vote, with all Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans voting against, according to Newsweek.

Sponsored by state Rep. Joanne Ferrary, the bill would repeal a state statute from the 1960s that prohibits abortions except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life. The statute is not in effect because of Roe v. Wade, but if the Supreme Court overturns the case, it would go into effect again.

Ferrary’s bill would change that. Instead of being one of nine states that would make it a crime for an abortionist to kill an unborn baby, New Mexico would become a state that allows abortions without restriction, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Essentially, unborn babies could be aborted for any reason up to birth.

In addition, it would remove conscience protections for medical professionals who believe it is wrong to abort unborn babies.

“The committee’s willingness to pass this careless bill without consideration of amendments to limit abortion up to birth after five months, and other concerns most New Mexicans have is a disgrace,” said New Mexico Alliance for Life Executive Director Elisa Martinez. “Forcing doctors to participate in abortions up to birth is the stated goal of proponents behind this bill and New Mexicans must rise up against this radical bill.”

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One of the women who testified against the bill was Tina Atkins, the mother of a young woman who died along with her unborn baby at the late-term abortion facility Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque.

“How can anyone sit here and tell me that HB-51 will grant access to safe abortions when my daughter is dead from an abortion?” Atkins asked the committee. “It is widely published in medical journals that after five months of pregnancy, a woman has an 89 times greater risk of death than earlier abortions.”

Atkins is suing the abortion facility for allegedly killing her daughter, Keisha, in a botched abortion.

Supporters of the bill — including attorneys who served as expert witnesses — said other provisions in state and federal law already ensure no medical provider is forced to participate in an abortion.

But opponents said they feared the repeal would weaken safeguards that allow medical providers to follow their conscience.

“I just have a deep concern that we are taking the only explicit protection we have for individuals,” said Rep. Gregg Schmedes, a Tijeras Republican and surgeon.

The bill must pass another committee before it moves to the full state House for a vote. However, many believe it will pass, because pro-abortion Democrats control both state houses, as well as the governor’s office.

New Mexico is one of the few states where late-term abortions on viable, healthy unborn babies are legal and openly practiced. The late-term abortion facility Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque is facing a lawsuit for allegedly killing a young woman in a botched abortion when she was six months pregnant with her unborn child. The facility also has been linked to the aborted baby body parts scandal.

New Mexico also lacks many common sense abortion regulations that other states have in place, such as parental consent for minors, informed consent and limits on taxpayer-funded abortions.

Despite strong public opposition to unbridled abortion on demand, the governor said she will sign the bill if it reaches her desk, according to the New Mexico Political Report. State House Speaker Brian Egolf also said he would make the pro-abortion bill a priority, according to the report.

It is similar to a New York state measure that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law earlier this month. The Vermont and Rhode Island legislatures are considering similar legislation this winter.

ACTION: Contact the New Mexico legislature to oppose the bill.

churchmilitant

Published  3 weeks ago

Ignores requests by bishops, laity

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

Virginia Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran proposed a bill that would allow abortion up until the moment of birth in the state.

Dan Bongino

Published  3 weeks ago

New York lawmakers recently celebrated when they voted to legalize abortion up until birth, and now it seems Virginia may not be too far behind.

The Repeal Act–introduced by Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran–seeks to repeal the state’s restrictions on late-term abortions. Ultrasounds would no longer be required for women seeking abortions and the law would eliminate the state’s stipulation that second and third trimester abortions only be performed to preserve the life or health of the woman.

Currently, three physicians must conclude that a third-trimester abortion is necessary to preserve the health or life of the woman. Those requirements are stripped under the proposed legislation, which also removes the state’s mandate that second and third-trimester abortions be performed in hospitals.

“The third trimester goes all the way up to forty weeks,” according to Tran, The Republican Standard reported. The bill would allow a doctor to perform an abortion when a woman is dilating, meaning she is about to give birth.

Virginia House Democrats propose legislation to allow abortions up until the moment of birth

Todd Gilbert (R): Where it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth…would that be a point at which she could still request an abortion?

Kathy Tran (D): My bill would allow that, yes pic.twitter.com/UHgzU3EGDA

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 29, 2019

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the radical Reproductive Health Act into law on the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

The bill states, “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.”

LifeSite News reports that the law “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.”

In a statement, Governor Cuomo said, “The Reproductive Health Act is a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values,” and ordered One World Trade Center to light up pink in celebration of the passage of legislation.

The #ReproductiveHealthAct is now law in New York State. We lit the spire pink to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/dJbZqvWefV

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2019

B B C

Published  3 weeks ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is already notorious among pro-lifers for being one of the most pro-abortion politicians in the nation. The state he serves already has one of the highest abortion rates in the country, but he has been continually fighting to make abortion even more widespread and commonplace in New York.

You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.

… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

In 2013, Governor Cuomo made it clear that he wants New York to be the abortion capital of the world. New York’s abortion rate statewide is already almost twice as high as the national average, and in New York City, it’s even worse. Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, opposed by the majority of New Yorkers, was defeated last year, but Cuomo has sworn to try to get it passed again in 2014. [Editor’s Note, 1/28/19: Cuomo signed the “Reproductive Health Act,” effectively legalizing abortion through all nine months for any reason, on January 22, 2019].

That Andrew Cuomo wants there to be more abortions in New York isn’t a surprise to anyone. That he is so extreme as to say that pro-lifers shouldn’t even be able to live in his state, simply for believing in the sanctity of life, is truly shocking. To him, evidently it’s not good enough for abortion to just be legal and widespread – he thinks that pro-lifers should be not only silenced, but kicked out of the state.

It’s despicable and disturbing. And while pro-lifers are used to abortion advocates attempting to have them silenced, this takes it to an entirely new and sickening level.

SARAH PALIN

Published  3 weeks ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may soon sign into law a bill which would reallocate state taxpayer dollars to help cover the costs of Dreamers—people who entered the country illegally—to attend college.

The Daily Caller reports a bill which would designate $27 million to help the Dreamers attend higher learning centers recently passed the Democratic-controlled New York state legislature. The governor has previously applauded the bill.

According to the report, Republican state Senator Daphne Jordan called the bill “a slap in the face for all the hardworking taxpayers who play the rules and struggle for the costs of a college education.”

Here’s more:

Jordan was joined by other Republican state legislators in criticism of the Dream Act, who argued it would unfairly take money away from legal residents who struggle to pay their college tuition.

The bill had been introduced in the New York legislature before, but Republican control of the state Senate had prevented it from moving forward — until Democrats gained control of both chamber after the 2018 midterms.

“We do this as a symbol that you will be guaranteed an education and that the door to higher education is open to all children of New York State,” stated De La Rosa, sponsor of the bill and immigrant from the Dominican Republic.

While Cuomo has not yet signed the bill into law, he has expressed support for tuition for undocumented immigrants and he has already included his own version in the state budget plan.

Passage of the Dream Act came one day after New York legislators passed a bill dramatically expanding access to abortion.

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation which would effectively allow the abortion of a child up to the very moments of its natural birth.

As FaithWire reports, “intentional ambiguity” in the law and a “terrifyingly non-specific” clause would allow women to be able to have their child aborted at any point of the pregnancy.

Per the report:

Simply put, the RHA will allow for the termination of fully formed babies. The killings can take place if the patient is 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, if there is an absence of fetal viability, or, if “the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”

“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,” reads the bill which cleared the New York Senate by a vote of 38 to 24.

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

Conservative Tribune

Published  3 weeks ago

Jon Speed's stand for life ended up getting a much bigger response than he anticipated.

The Federalist

Published  3 weeks ago

This week the governor of New York signed into law a bill designed to expand a woman’s ability to have an abortion. Not only does it remove abortion from the criminal code, it allows for abortion up to 24 weeks’ gestation. After 24 weeks, an abortion may still be performed if the mother’s health, including her mental well-being, is deemed at risk. Non-doctors have also been given the legal ability to perform abortions.

The top of Freedom Tower—a building built to show the world the strength and resolve of the American people in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy—was lit up in pink to celebrate the signing. It celebrates a bill that promises to kill more humans than terrorists ever will.

Celebrate? Really? There should have been people crying and gnashing their teeth in the streets. Sackcloth and ashes should be the clothing of choice, not just among New Yorkers, but all Americans.

A few years ago I got a call from to a friend who had formerly lacked strong convictions about the abortion debate. He was flabbergasted. While driving in New York, an ad about abortion came on his radio. It compared women’s reproductive choices to choosing a hair or nail color. He was furious.

His words have never left me: “Whatever my opinion on abortion, the act is not comparable to getting a haircut. It is not a decision that should be made in haste. It is the ending of a life, or a potential life. To treat it casually and carelessly is a travesty.”

What happened this week is a travesty. But New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins viewed it as a win for women. “Unfortunately for years, barriers to women’s rights were up…Today, we are tearing those barriers down.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighed in: “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion…women in New York will have the fundamental right to control their own body.”

Finding adequate words to respond to those statements is beyond my ability. An unborn child, a fetus, a cluster of cells with potential sentience, whatever you want to call it in order to sleep better at night, is not a barrier to women’s rights. Abortion isn’t empowering to women. It’s the opposite. It’s dehumanizing. It is destructive because abortion violates the most fundamental of all human rights—the right to life.

The right to life isn’t a woman’s right or a man’s right. It is a universal, God-given natural right. It is the right that proves, whatever governments or people might say, that we are all equal. True equality is not and will never be created by an executive, legislative body, or court. It is the inherent gift we have from being created in God’s image. To subordinate the right to life to a woman’s power to choose undermines true equality.

This is not progress. To celebrate it as progress, to light up public buildings in pink, signals shows not the march of America towards a brighter future, but our decline. It signifies that we value ourselves more than others.

We value convenience. We value comfort. We value the here-and-now and what it can give to us. We want pleasure without consequences. We want decisions without responsibility. We want permission to break the laws of nature because they interfere with our desires.

Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it is right or just. Public celebration does not mean opposition is anti-woman and wrong. The ancient African author Tertullian wrote, “[A] law lies under strong suspicions which does not care to have itself tried and approved: it is a positively wicked law, if, unproved, it tyrannizes over men.”

How much more damning and wicked is a law that targets and tyrannizes the most helpless among us? The unborn cannot speak for themselves. The New York law overrides the greatest of human traits—love, hope, faith, courage—for alleged freedom.

There is a way to love, cherish, and protect both the mother and her child. There is a way to deal with the unexpected struggles and hardships of life. The way is seeing both humans—mother and child—as individuals worthy of love, respect, and care. We must accept and love both of them.

We must treat both as we would desire to be treated. As Mother Teresa opined, “How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child.”

New York’s law does not do this. The public celebration of this mocks and belittles the entire debate. It is an empty promise. It leads not to human flourishing, but to heartbreak.

The law celebrates self-love, not selfless love. It breaks down not barriers to women’s rights, but the very bonds that bind us together. It rejects the inherent value of all life. It kills. It does not love. It is not a cause for celebration, but for reexamining what America truly treasures.

dailycaller

Published  3 weeks ago

New York state lawmakers approved a measure that aims to dole out millions in taxpayer-funded aid to Dreamers — who entered the country illegally — attending college.

The now-Democratic controlled New York state legislature on Wednesday passed the Dream Act, legislation that would make thousands of Dreamers eligible for financial aid to attend public colleges in the state. The bill, which has attracted praise from Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would cost $27 million.

The measure is “a slap in the face for all the hardworking taxpayers who play the rules and struggle for the costs of a college education,” Republican state Sen. Daphne Jordan said of the bill.

Jordan was joined by other Republican state legislators in criticism of the Dream Act, who argued it would unfairly take money away from legal residents who struggle to pay their college tuition.

The bill had been introduced in the New York legislature before, but Republican control of the state Senate had prevented it from moving forward — until Democrats gained control of both chamber after the 2018 midterms.

“We do this as a symbol that you will be guaranteed an education and that the door to higher education is open to all children of New York State,” stated De La Rosa, sponsor of the bill and immigrant from the Dominican Republic.

While Cuomo has not yet signed the bill into law, he has expressed support for tuition for undocumented immigrants and he has already included his own version in the state budget plan.

Passage of the Dream Act came one day after New York legislators passed a bill dramatically expanding access to abortion. The bill, which was promptly signed into law by Cuomo, allows women to have abortions after 24 weeks in situations where “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.” (RELATED: Catholics Demand Governor Cuomo’s Excommunication Over NY Abortion Law)

New York Democrats say they have just begun.

Supporters of the Dream Act say they will also consider allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and give them better housing protections. Cuomo has also expressed interest in forcing insurance companies to provide free contraceptive care.

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Live Action News

Published  3 weeks ago

UPDATE, 1/25/19: Store owner Jon Speed says his bookstore, The Book Scout in Syracuse, has been flooded with orders from the pro-life community since this story published: “This is a sheet with the over 400 orders we have received in the past 48 hours.”

1/23/19: One small business owner in New York is making headlines for his stance against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act, which was made official on the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States. The Act, as previously reported by Live Action News, “expands abortion for virtually any reason through the third trimester” even allowing abortion on viable babies for financial reasons. Insurance carriers will now be required cover abortion and non-physicians may commit abortions. The law even rescinds protections for babies born alive during an abortion, and will not treat preborn victims of violence as homicide victims.

Jon Speed, owner of The Book Scout in Syracuse, expressed great sorrow over the governor’s decision and chose to close his bookstore. He posted a sign that reads, “CLOSED TODAY. Today is a day of mourning in New York State. We will not collect sales tax today for a tyrannical government that murders babies. We will resume regular business tomorrow, collecting sales tax under duress. End Abortion Now.”

Speed told Live Action News that his motivation for posting this message “was simply to make an impact with our customer base. It is a statement of my disgust with NY’s new law. My prayer for them all is their repentance and faith in Christ. Their hearts must change if their minds will change.”

READ: Governor of New York nixes nearly all protections for preborn babies

Speed also posted on his Facebook page:

In a following Facebook post, owner Jon Speed shared a link to “Babies are Murdered Here,” a pro-life documentary he says he helped to co-produce.

You can leave comments of encouragement on The Book Scout’s Facebook page.

Editor’s Note, 1/25/19: This article’s title has been updated.

Diamond & Silk

Published  3 weeks ago

In New York, it’s now totally fine to abort a child all the way until the second it’s born. It’s third world stuff and it’s despicable. You can thank liberal governor Andrew Cuomo for making it happen.

Cuomo claims he’s a Catholic but Catholics in New York certainly aren’t happy with him.

They are fighting back against this horrific law.

From The Daily Wire:

Catholics are demanding Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) be excommunicated from the Church after the Democrat signed and celebrated a horrifying bill that allows abortion up to the moment of birth in New York, loosens restrictions on who performs abortions, and wipes the fatal procedure from the state’s criminal code.

Catholic Bishops of New York State released a statement ripping Cuomo and pro-abortion lawmakers over the euphemistically-named Reproductive Health Act, but stopped short of calling for excommunication.

To many prominent Catholics, the statement was not enough.

As noted by Life News, Monsignor Charles Pope, writing at the National Catholic Register, said it was a “lie” to suggest Cuomo is in “good standing” with the Church.

It’s hard to wrap your head around calling yourself a religious person or a Christian and then signing a bill that literally supports murder.

Even the pro-choice crowd has to admit that terminating a pregnancy at 8-9 months is wrong.

There’s simply no excuse for that kind of evil.

Breitbart

Published  4 weeks ago

Veteran country rock star Charlie Daniels took New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to task over the passage of a new law in the Empire State legalizing abortion into the third trimester under some circumstances.

“Watch the wrinkles on Cuomo’s face lengthen as the ramifications of the thousands of murders he has sanctioned come to bear on him,” Charlie Daniels said in a social media post Saturday.

“The NY legislature has created a new Auschiwitz dedicated to the execution of a whole segment of defenseless citizens. Satan is smiling,” the “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” singer said.

Indeed, the New York legislature approved a bill this week that dramatically widens the circumstances under which women can seek abortions.

The law states in part, “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, pursuant to this article.”

Daniels spoke out last year against Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer over his immigration agenda.

“Senator Schumer, one time, just one time i’d love to hear you speak about the men and women who bled and died for you with as much compassion as you speak about illegals in this country,” the 82-year-old said.

Senator Schumer, one time, just one time i’d love to hear you speak about the men and women who bled and died for you with as much compassion as you speak about illegals in this country

Veterans are comitting suicide at the rate of 22 a day

and they’re already citizens

— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) January 29, 2018

“Veterans are comitting suicide at the rate of 22 a day and they’re already citizens. Shameful.”

SARAH PALIN

Published  4 weeks ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the recent passage of a bill which would effectively allow the abortion of a child up to the very moments of its natural birth.

As FaithWire reports, “intentional ambiguity” in the law and a “terrifyingly non-specific” clause would allow women to be able to have their child aborted at any point of the pregnancy.

Per the report:

Simply put, the RHA will allow for the termination of fully formed babies. The killings can take place if the patient is 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, if there is an absence of fetal viability, or, if “the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”

Critically, however, the intentional ambiguity of that last part allows for the destruction of the baby at any point during pregnancy should the doctor deem the mother’s wellbeing is at risk. The term “wellbeing” is, in itself, terrifyingly non-specific. So, with regards to these life and death decisions, physicians will be asked to assess “all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the wellbeing of the patient.”

Effectively, abortion will be available “on demand” up until birth — if the woman wants to terminate her fully-formed child because she claims it is too much for her to deal with financially, emotionally or otherwise, she will be allowed to do so.

“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,” reads the bill which cleared the New York Senate by a vote of 38 to 24.

Here’s even more on the legislation, from FaithWire (emphasis added):

The new act, which was subsequently signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will mean that the killing of a late-term baby will no longer be criminalized but instead will be governed under the public health code. Previously, the termination of an unborn child over 24 weeks could result in arrest on charges of homicide. Now, pre-born babies will be stripped of legal protection and mothers will have limited legal options should their unborn children come to harm.

More from LifeSite News:

“The bill would also 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 20 weeks yields a live infant.”

As the Daily Wire reports, Governor Cuomo ordered the One World Trade Center building and several other prominent structures in New York to be lit pink as a celebration for the recently passed legislation.

“The Reproductive Health Act is a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values,” Cuomo said in a statement on Tuesday. “In the face of a federal government intent on rolling back Roe v. Wade and women’s reproductive rights, I promised that we would enact this critical legislation within the first 30 days of the new session – and we got it done. I am directing that New York’s landmarks be lit in pink to celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.”

Here’s what some people are saying about the new bill:

The Daily Wire reports Cuomo previously said that pro-lifers were not welcomed in his state:

Cuomo has been a long-standing champion of murdering the unborn and contemptuous of those people who are pro-life, saying they had “no place in the state of New York.” In 2014, he blustered that the reason for gridlock in his state was a “schism” within the Republican Party, snapping:

It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans. You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate. Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

Conservative pundit Matt Walsh shared a graphic account of how a late-term abortion is carried out (CAUTION: graphic language):

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

LifeNews.com

Published  4 weeks ago

The New York Senate passed a radical pro-abortion bill Tuesday that would allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.

Metro reports the bill passed after abortion activists pushed it for more than a decade in New York. Until now, it failed to pass the state Senate because of Republican lawmakers, but the November election put pro-abortion Democrats in control of both houses.

The vote was 38-24.

A New York Public Radio reporter said she heard a voice shout, “May almighty God have mercy on this state!” in the Senate soon after the vote.

The legislation goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing abortions even when the Supreme Court has said states may regulate them, according to the pro-life leaders. Late-term abortions, which currently are illegal in New York, would be allowed, and non-doctors would be allowed to perform them.

The bill appears to restrict late-term abortions, but it adds a broad “health” exception for abortions after 24 weeks. The exception would allow women to abort unborn babies up to nine months of pregnancy for “age, economic, social and emotional factors, rather than the biological definition of ‘health’ that normally comes to mind,” according to New York Right to Life.

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins celebrated the legislation at a press conference Tuesday, according to the Metro. She claimed the so-called right to abortion is threatened by the new conservative U.S. Supreme Court.

“We thought at that time, that because it was so fundamentally right for women to have autonomy over their body, we thought that it was a barrier we would never have to face again,” Stewart-Cousins said. “Whenever you have something that momentous, there’s always someone who wants to go back to the way things were. So brick by brick, they began to rebuild that barrier. … They were looking for a moment to overturn this decision that changed our lives.

“We’re saying that here in New York, women’s health matters,” she continued. “We’re saying that here in New York, women’s decisions matter.”

Pro-abortion Gov. Andrew Cuomo also supports the bill. He even went so far as to threaten to hold up the budget until the legislature passes it.

The bill, dubbed the Reproductive Health Act, redefines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” and describes abortion as a “fundamental right.” This language will allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth in New York.

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The legislation poses serious dangers to women’s lives and rights as well. By removing protections from illegal abortions, the bill will open the door for abuses. According to New York RTL, back alley abortionists, abusive partners or parents and others no longer would face charges for illegally killing an unborn baby – even if the mother wanted her child.

“In early December, a resident of Saratoga County was arrested for punching the stomach of a woman who was 26 weeks pregnant in an attempt to cause a miscarriage. The man was charged with abortion in the second degree, but under the RHA, the attacker would not have been charged with a felony,” according to the Catholic News Service.

Protections for babies born alive after botched abortions also would end under the new bill. Additionally, the bill says the state cannot “deny, regulate or restrict” abortion, not even for common-sense reasons such as parental consent for minors, informed consent or limits on taxpayer-funded abortions.

New York State Right to Life predicted that the bill will lead to the suppression of pro-lifers’ freedom of speech and conscience, as well. Doctors and nurses who refuse to help abort unborn babies could lose their jobs, and pro-life advocates could be persecuted for just speaking out for life.

Already one of the most pro-abortion states in America, New York would become even more pro-abortion if the law passes. In 2016, 82,189 unborn babies were aborted in New York, with about half being taxpayer-funded, according to the local news. Of those babies, 1,763 were at least 20 weeks, meaning they may have been viable outside the womb.

Meanwhile, a new poll indicates this radical pro-abortion legislation is not what Americans want. According to a national poll conducted by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most of those who identify as Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.

The Marist Poll follows on the heels of a May 2018 Gallup poll which found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.

CBN News

Published  4 weeks ago

New York legislators cheered and applauded Tuesday night after the state Senate removed restrictions on late-term abortions, allowing unborn babies to be aborted on the day of birth. 

Washington Examiner

Published  4 weeks ago

On Tuesday, coincidentally the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the New York State Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act, and it was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The law, which is likely the most expansive abortion bill in the country, allows late-term abortion until the baby’s due date if it meets certain requirements. Not only is this kind of legal protection of late-term abortion an affront to the humanity of the unborn and the dignity of society, but New York celebrated it publicly, as if it had just won the Super Bowl.

When the bill passed, video shows the assembly chamber erupting into cheers, with politicians and audience members applauding the bill as if it were a victorious symbol of strength.

That night, One World Trade Center lit up in the color pink to honor the passage of the bill. Imagine, a beacon of capitalism, shining not to showcase freedom and prosperity but the “liberty” marking the path toward infanticide.

Of course, Planned Parenthood applauded the passage of the bill with words of affirmation and an emoji.

Two of the most heinous parts of the bill describe the new parameters of abortion: if “the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy” and second, and this is the worst qualifier, “or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” The wording of that second phrase is so comprehensive, even in legal lingo, protecting the patient’s health could mean almost anything.

This new bill ensures that New York remains the most progressive of all the states in pushing forward “reproductive rights” (an absurd term for baby-killing). Per the CDC, about one in three unborn babies are aborted in New York City. Statistics also show more black babies are aborted than born alive in New York City.

Still, New Yorkers not only fail to be discouraged by this news, they also celebrate it.

To be clear, this is not the passage of abortion rights, but the permission to commit infanticide and call it by another name — an eight-pound baby can survive outside the womb with very little medical aid. Late-term abortion procedures are ghoulish and graphic: The Lozier Institute reports that "Abortions performed after 20 weeks gestation, when not done by induction of labor (which leads to fetal death due to prematurity), are most commonly performed by dilation and evacuation (D & E) procedures. These particularly gruesome surgical techniques involve crushing, dismemberment and removal of a fetal body from a woman’s uterus, mere weeks before, or even after, the fetus reaches a developmental age of potential viability outside the mother.”

Did the State Assembly and Senate know this and still applaud, or are we to assume somehow in the age of information they are willfully ignorant of the procedure?

With thousands of families waiting to adopt, passage of a bill that allows and celebrates abortion of this magnitude is disgusting. The reaction to this bill demonstrates that politicians in New York have overlooked the dignity and sanctity of the least in our society to further their own progressive self-interests.

Nicole Russell (@russell_nm) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. She is a journalist who previously worked in Republican politics in Minnesota.

Big League Politics

Published  4 weeks ago

New York City’s One World Trade Center was lighted in pink to “celebrate” the passing of a law that would protect the practice of late-term abortion in the state on Tuesday night.

The Reproductive Health Act was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany earlier Tuesday, timed for the 46th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The law had been passed by the State Senate on a 38-24 vote, almost entirely split on the basis of party lines.

The legislation explicitly legalizes abortion after 24 weeks into a pregnancy in situations where it’s deemed to protect a woman’s health, or the pregnancy is deemed to be unviable. Previously, this kind of late-term abortion was only legal in New York when the mother’s life was at risk.

The Reproductive Health Act allows medical personnel other than doctors to perform abortion procedures, as long as they possess the necessary state licensing to do so. It also removes language proscribing certain abortion from the New York Criminal Code entirely, instead regulating the practice under public health code.

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo made the order that the top of the Freedom Tower(the structure built to replace the Twin Towers destroyed on 9/11) be lit as a means to commemorate the law. Many pro-life advocates had vociferously protested the legislation- it appears their moral concerns with a law that enables some of the most objectionable forms of abortion were simply ignored when the Governor decided the Reproductive Health Act was something that should be commemorated by anyone glancing at New York City’s skyline.

Progressives have their reason to spike the football, that’s to be sure. The objective of the political left seems to veer openly lately from permitting abortion with hesitance to outright celebrating it.

Unfortunately, the unborn children of New York don’t seem to be invited to the party.

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LifeNews.com

Published  1 month ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo can claim to be a Catholic but there’s little doubt left that he’ totally out of step with the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church after he signed a bill legalizing abortions up to birth. Now, the Catholic bishops in New York state are letting the governor have it.

Just hours after the state Senate and Assembly passed it, Cuomo signed the bill, legalizing abortion for basically any reason up to birth in New York state.

The so-called Reproductive Health Act goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing unborn babies to be aborted even when the U.S. Supreme Court has said states may restrict abortions. Late-term abortions, which currently are illegal in New York, would be allowed, and non-doctors would be allowed to perform them.

That’s plenty reason for one Catholic bishop to rip the governor:

The bishop of the Diocese of Alabany attempted to convince New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to sign a bill that removes all restrictions on abortion in the state, but Cuomo signed it anyway.

In an open letter in The Evangelist, the Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger condemned Cuomo’s support of abortion before the governor signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which repealed the state’s 24-week abortion ban, among other things. Scharfenberger penned the open letter ahead of Cuomo’s signing ceremony.

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“Although in your recent State of the State address you cited your Catholic faith and said we should ‘stand with Pope Francis,’ your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church,” Scharfenberger said. “Once truth is separated from fiction and people come to realize the impact of the bill, they will be shocked to their core. By that time, however, it may be too late to save the countless lives that will be lost or spare countless women lifelong regret.”

The bishop said the recently signed legislation “threatens to rupture the communion between the Catholic faith and those who support the RHA” because of the bill’s “aggressive extremism.”

“It is very difficult to understand how you can align yourself with Pope Francis and so vehemently advocate such profoundly destructive legislation,” Scharfenberger said. “I find myself wondering how it can be viewed as ‘progress’ to have gone from a society working to make abortion ‘rare’ to one that urges women to ‘shout your abortion’ as some advocates of this bill boldly announce.”

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under fire from faith leaders after he signed a bill into law that legalizes abortion up until birth for any reason. The Democratic governor directed the One World Trade Center and other landmarks to be lit in pink Tuesday to celebrate the passage of "Reproductive Health Act."

Cuomo called it "a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressives values" on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. But New York Catholic bishops slammed him for the move just days after he touted his Catholic faith during the State of the State address.

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"Your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church," Albany Bishop Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger wrote in an open letter in the Evanglist Saturday. "I shudder to think of the consequences this law will wreak. You have already uttered harsh threats about the welcome you think pro-lifers are not entitled to in our state. Now you are demonstrating that you mean to write your warning into law. Will being pro-life one day be a hate crime in the State of New York?"

(flickr/governorandrewcuomo)

New York was the first state to legalize abortion in 1970. Cuomo directed the 408-foot spire on the One World Trade Center, the Governor 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.”

Under the Reproductive Health Act, non-doctors are now allowed to conduct abortions and the procedure could be done until the mother's due date. The previous law only allowed abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman's life was at risk.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, along with the Catholic Bishops in the state signed a letter condemning the bill, saying "our beloved state has become a more dangerous one for women and their unborn babies."

"Our governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress," the bishops wrote. "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."

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Thomas Peters, the @AmericanPapist on Twitter, condemned Cuomo, saying he should be excommunicated for his pro-abortion actions, pointing to the One World Trade Center's pink spire.

"Now it looks just like the needle that is used to supply the lethal injection to the living unborn child," Peters wrote.

Daily Wire

Published  1 month ago

As The Daily Wire reported, New York is set to legalize abortion through every stage of pregnancy. Once the bill is signed into law, it will be legal to kill a fully developed, pain-capable infant up to the very moment of birth.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, a fake Catholic who would be excommunicated if his bishop had half a spine, decided to celebrate this gruesome and genocidal law by ordering that the World Trade Center be lit pink. That building, you may recall, was built as a monument to the 3,000 people who died on 9-11. Now New York's despicable governor has turned it into a celebration of death. There is a race among Democrat politicians to see who can be the most depraved, cynical, and inhumane, and it seems that Cuomo has just surged ahead.

Also keep in mind that black babies in New York City are already more likely to be aborted than born. Apparently, that wasn't enough death and bloodshed to satisfy the psychopaths who comprise the New York state legislature. Will they be satiated when no minority children see the light of day? One wonders how high the pile of bodies must reach before these people will throw up their hands and say, "Okay, enough."

Apologists will argue that the new law only makes late-term abortion legal in cases where it will save the mother's life. The problem with this argument is that it is false on every conceivable level. First, the law allows for abortions to protect the woman's life "and health." What does "health" mean? Well, anything. The law conspicuously avoids defining the term. It seems that any kind of health concern would qualify — physical health, emotional health, psychological health, financial health. The point is that the "life and health" stipulation will not effectively prevent any woman from getting an abortion for any reason at any time.

Second, late-term abortion is never necessary to protect a woman's life or health. No late-term abortion has ever been committed for the sake of saving a woman's life. It has never happened and will never happen. I repeat: there is never any circumstance, ever, where a late-term abortion is medically necessary. It could be necessary, in the case of some kind of cataclysmic complication, to remove the child from his mother's womb. But it is never necessary to kill the child before removing him. There is no medical reason to take that extra step of preemptively killing the child.

Just to drive home the point, here is how a late-term abortion — the kind of abortion just legalized in New York — is carried out: as it has been explained by a former abortionist, the baby is injected with a poison directly into his skull or torso. He then suffers a hideously painful death, which he will certainly feel because of his developed nervous system. The mother carries the corpse around in her womb for a day. The next day, there is an ultrasound to check if the baby is dead. If he isn't — if he has been writhing and suffering in agony for the past 24 hours, clinging onto life — then he will be injected again. The following day, the mother delivers her dead child. Sometimes she delivers him at the clinic, but if she can't make it on time, the clinic is perfectly happy to recommend that she give birth into her toilet.

The crucial fact is that a delivery must happen either way. If a mother in the third trimester decides she doesn't want or can't have her baby inside her, she is going to have to deliver him one way or another. The only question is whether she will deliver a dead child or a living one. Giving a lethal injection to the child may be the more convenient route, but it is certainly not the safer or healthier or more necessary one.

Speaking of lethal injection, in case you haven't yet grasped how twisted this law is, consider that capital punishment has been ruled unconstitutional in New York. You are not allowed to give a lethal injection to convicted serial killers, pedophiles, rapists, school shooters, or any other species of monster. But you can give a lethal injection to an infant. Indeed, you can only give lethal injections to infants in New York. The crime of child rape will not earn you the needle. The crime of being conceived in the wrong womb might. It is a capital offense, and you may well be made to suffer dearly for it.

God have mercy on us all. We certainly don't deserve it.

Listen to more discussion of this issue on Matt's podcast.

Daily Wire

Published  1 month ago

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The womb will become an even less safe place for unborn babies in New York come Tuesday. Democrat legislators are set to legalize abortion up to birth and remove the fatal procedure from the state's criminal code altogether with the passing of the euphemistically named Reproductive Health Act.

The proposed legislation erases the current limitation on abortion in the state, which is set at 24 weeks. The Reproductive Health Act states, "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."

So long as a licensed practitioner acts in "good faith," a baby can be murdered in the womb up to birth in order "to protect the patient's life or health." Notably, the meaning of the word "health" is not defined within the legislation.

"A health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized under title eight of the education law, acting within his or her lawful scope of practice, may perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner's reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient's case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient's life or health," reads the legislation.

The bill is set to be passed in the state legislature on Tuesday to commemorate the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

"This is only the beginning of the protections that we will have for our women, for our environment, criminal-justice reform, education — the list goes on," Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) told The Democrat & Chronicle, reports FaithWire. "But in January, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we will make our statement, we will make our mark."

"The bill also removes abortion from the definition of homicide, and from the penal code entirely," reports the Times Union. "Opponents say this limits prosecutors when they look to charge individuals who harm a woman's unborn child in a domestic violence case or otherwise. Supporters say, in such cases, there remain plenty of other, much harsher criminal charges at prosecutors' disposal."

Since New York Republicans lost control of the Senate in November, the bill is expected to pass with Democrat support. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), a Catholic, is expected to sign the legislation.

"As many of you know, the Governor is pushing again for abortion through birth and even after with so-called 'Reproductive Health Act.' Now he has an anti-Life Democrat-led Senate to help him get it through," posted pro-life group New York State Right to Life via Facebook.

In 2014, Cuomo infamously said pro-lifers have no place in the state:

"Who are they?" Cuomo asked rhetorically during a radio interview, complaining about opposition to the anti-Second Amendment SAFE Act. “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are."

UPDATE: As reported by Life News, the Reproductive Health Act passed on Tuesday evening in a 38-24 vote. A reporter from New York Public Radio said someone yelled, "May almighty God have mercy on this state!" promptly following the Senate vote.

H/t FaithWire

Conservative Tribune

Published  1 month ago

'The job in front of us as pro-lifers is to preach the gospel...'

christianpost

Published  1 month ago

After an intense debate for and against the proposal, the New York state Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that makes it legal for doctors and other health care professionals, such as midwives and physician assistants, to perform abortions up until birth for any reason in the state.

The so-called Reproductive Health Act that abortion advocates have been trying to get passed for 12 years and has been vehemently opposed by religious and conservative groups, passed with a 38-28 vote and thunderous applause in the state Senate chamber. The bill codifies federal abortion rights guaranteed under the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and removes abortion from the state's criminal code.

"We have a president who's made it very, very clear that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade," state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said at a news conference ahead of the vote Tuesday, according to the Albany Times Union. "Today, here in New York, we are saying no. We are saying no, not here in New York. And we're not just saying no. We're saying that here in New York, women's health matters. We're saying here in New York, women's lives matter. We're saying here in New York, women's decisions matter."

Abortion was legalized in New York some three years before the Roe v. Wade decision, but remained on the state’s criminal code, making it a felony to perform late-term abortions according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

The law defined homicide as "conduct which causes the death of a person or an unborn child with which a female has been pregnant for more than 24 weeks."

The Reproductive Health Act removes abortion from the penal code, and further notes in part that: "Every individual has the fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization. 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, pursuant to this article."

The New York State Catholic Conference said in a statement on Facebook that Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to sign the controversial bill at a reception in the Executive Mansion immediately after legislators voted to approve it. And Cuomo appeared ready as he celebrated Sarah Weddington, the lawyer nationally known for successfully arguing the winning side of the Roe v. Wade case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Weddington was recognized in the chamber during the vote.

“Sarah Weddington made history in 1973 when she won the Roe v. Wade case at the age of 27. I am so thrilled that this incredible woman is joining us at the bill signing of the #ReproductiveHealthAct, which will protect Roe v. Wade in the State of New York,” Cuomo tweeted before the vote Tuesday.

As the debate over the bill was underway Tuesday, supporters chanted, "Free abortion on demand, can we do it, yes we can." Those who opposed the proposal chanted back while holding posters with images of babies and signs reading messages such as “I regret my abortion.”

Religious groups such as the Office of Adult Faith Formation of the Archdiocese of New York, called on the faithful Tuesday to pray in anticipation of the bill’s passage.

“New Yorkers, join us tonight, it is important more than ever to pray as we expect that the Reproductive Health Act - Abortion Expansion will become law in the state of NY making late-term abortion legal in NY,” the group noted in a tweet.

am New York

Published  1 month ago

New York legislators marked the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade on Tuesday by passing the Reproductive Health Act, which updates a state law that limits when women can legally get an abortion.

State Sen. Liz Krueger, the bill's sponsor, said passing the Reproductive Health Act protects a woman's right to make decisions about her own body.

"Today is just another of many very good days to come for Democracy in the State of New York," she said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

#NYSenate Bill S240, sponsored by Senator @LizKrueger, passed 38-24 (unofficial). Enacts the reproductive health act (RHA); repealer:https://t.co/mW46ewdjbO

— New York Senate (@NYSenate) January 22, 2019

The act was approved in a 38-24 vote. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law.

New York’s current law, written three years before Roe v. Wade in 1970, allows women to seek abortions up to the first 24 weeks of a pregnancy. Additionally, the statute allows an abortion at any point if it is deemed medically necessary to protect the mother's life.

The act maintains the 24-week limit under which women can seek abortions but adds a provision for abortions at any time if the baby would not survive the birth. Additionally, the act permits abortions at any point if it is necessary to protect the mother's life or health.

It also decriminalizes abortion by regulating it under the public health law, not penal law.

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The act had passed in the Democrat-controlled Assembly multiple times, but was held up in recent years by a Republican-controlled Senate. Democrats now hold a 40-23 majority and have said passing the act was a top priority.

The urgency to enact the law comes amidst concerns that a conservative Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade, and as President Donald Trump has sought to restrict reproductive rights.

Dan Bongino

Published  1 month ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered One World Trade Center to light up pink in celebration of the passage of legislation that would allow abortion up until birth for any reason.

The Reproductive Health Act was signed into law yesterday on the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

The bill states, “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.”

LifeSite News reports that the law “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.”

In a statement, Governor Cuomo said, “The Reproductive Health Act is a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values.”

“In the face of a federal government intent on rolling back Roe v. Wade and women’s reproductive rights, I promised that we would enact this critical legislation within the first 30 days of the new session — and we got it done. I am directing that New York’s landmarks be lit in pink to celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.”

New York Catholics have expressed their outrage over the law, with Albany Bishop Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger writing an open letter slamming the “extreme abortion legislation.”

“Your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church,” he wrote. “I shudder to think of the consequences this law will wreak. You have already uttered harsh threats about the welcome you think pro-lifers are not entitled to in our state. Now you are demonstrating that you mean to write your warning into law. Will being pro-life one day be a hate crime in the State of New York?”

Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, along with other bishops signed a letter condemning the bill, saying “our beloved state has become a more dangerous one for women and their unborn babies.”

“Our governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress,” the bishops wrote. “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.”

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

One World Trade Center in New York City, NY — the centerpiece of the World Trade Center complex — was illuminated with pink lighting to celebrate the Empire State’s passage of legislation designating abortion a “fundamental right.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) directed authorities to use pink lighting to laud New York’s new abortion law.

Cuomo says One World Trade Center’s 408-foot spire, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany will be lit in pink tonight to celebrate passage of Reproductive Health Act https://t.co/TmDEmj18Vy pic.twitter.com/XYdgxPNaoC

Entitled the Reproductive Health Act, New York’s latest abortion law allows termination of a pregnancy until the expected day of birth with certain limitations:

[An] abortion May be performed by a licensed, certified, or authorized practitioner within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.

Breitbart News reported:

The [Reproductive Health Act] also redefines “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” eliminating the possibility of recognizing the personhood of an unborn child. During her presidential campaign in 2016, Hillary Clinton stated that “the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”

Breitbart News also highlighted the Reproductive Health Act’s ending of criminal penalties for self-abortion and harming or killing — with specific mention of “homicide” — unborn children.

Hillary Clinton praised New York Democrats’ push for and passage of the aforementioned bill, describing abortion as a “reproductive health service.”

True Pundit

Published  1 month ago

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the increasing number of threats against journalists shows the need for stronger criminal penalties for assaulting a member of the press.

The Democrat is proposing to make assaulting a journalist a felony.

If approved by lawmakers, journalists would join a long list of other occupations covered by similar assault laws, including police, fire fighters, judges, train conductors, bus drivers, prosecutors, sanitation workers and health care workers. – READ MORE

Raw Story

Published  1 month ago

In the nation’s capital and across the country food pantries and soup kitchens are making special efforts to help feed the hundreds of thousands of Federal workers that have not been paid for a month in a shutdown instigated by Donald Trump that he threatened might last “months even years” if he does not get $5.7 billion to build a wall on our border with Mexico. This article first appeared on Salon. On Saturday, for the second time in two weeks, […]

The Babylon Bee

Published  1 month ago

NEW YORK—According to a new report, unborn babies in New York have adopted a new strategy to help them stay alive under the state's barbaric new abortion laws: identifying as convicted criminals so they can't legally be executed under the state's constitution.

Since capital punishment in the state has been banned but abortion is legal pretty much whenever and however you want, unborn babies quickly formulated the survival strategy of identifying as murderers, rapists, and genocidal maniacs.

"I now identify as a serial killer indicted on five counts of murder," said one 6-month-old baby, whose mother was considering an abortion. "Therefore, under state law, I cannot be executed. Sorry, mom."

"Guess you'll just have to like be a mom or something," he added, shrugging.

State leaders were blindsided by the strategy and aren't sure whether they should restrict abortion or rescind the ban on capital punishment. "We're definitely in a bit of a pickle," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "We must respect these babies' chosen identities as serial killers, and we obviously can't perform a lethal injection on a serial killer."

"That would just be inhumane," he added, shaking his head.

The Lid

Published  1 month ago

The new representative for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional Democrat Ilhan Omar has made headlines recently because of her anti-Semitic and anti-Israel positions. Many are complaining that since the Republicans punished Rep. Steve King for his bigotry, Rep. Omar should be penalized for hers. The problem with punishing Ms. Omar is that she is just one of many anti-Semitic, […]

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

President Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware this morning to receive the bodies of four U.S. servicemembers slain in a suicide bombing in Syria on Wednesday.

LifeNews.com

Published  1 month ago

Andrew Cuomo’s Bill Allowing Abortion Up to Birth Could Make being Pro-Life a Crime

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

As Trump requests full funding for a wall along the border, elected Democrats continue to claim that walls are "immoral" and "racist." 

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is pushing a 10-day waiting period on firearm purchases and a law creating orders to have firearms confiscated.

WHAM reports that Cuomo’s confiscation push is called a “Red Flag Bill,” and would allow teachers to seek out gun confiscation orders on students whom they deem a threat.

On June 7, 2018, Breitbart News reported Cuomo’s effort to secure confiscation orders for students. And Newsday reported that Cuomo also wants to institute orders barring “a school-age child from purchasing … a firearm.” Of course, federal law already prohibits handgun purchases to anyone under the age of 21 and bars long gun purchases to anyone under the age of 18.

In addition to the confiscatory push, Cuomo also wants to extend New York’s current 3-day waiting period on gun purchases. He wants to increase the wait to 10 days. California has a 10-day waiting period and a red flag law, but neither prevented the November 7, 2018, attack on the Borderline Bar & Grill in which 12 innocents were killed. And the gun controls did it prevent the March 9, 2018, Yountville Veterans home attack in which three were killed or the April 18, 2017, Fresno attack in which three more innocents were killed.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

Paper or plastic?

If New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way, shoppers in the Empire State won’t have the second option soon.

Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed on Sunday a ban on single-use plastic bags as part of his upcoming executive budget.

He called the bag ban a "bold action" that would "create a cleaner and greener New York for all."

Cuomo added that there would be exceptions to any ban in an effort to not impact lower-income populations and that distribution of reusable bags would be a part of that same effort.

He had first proposed a ban last April, after he and lawmakers blocked a proposed plastic bag fee from going into effect in New York City in 2017.

Cuomo is scheduled to release his executive budget on Tuesday. A final budget in negotiation with the state Legislature is supposed to be passed by April 1.

New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, however, has said that a ban on plastic bags is too prohibitive and that instead a nominal fee about 5 cents would encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags. The 5 cents per plastic ban would be put into an environmental fund.

"There are times when you will need a bag," Fahy told the Albany Times-Union. "You need that flexibility."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Townhall

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When an abortion happens in the later part of pregnancy, 20 weeks or more gestation, it is an arduously long and painful process, often done by D&E (dilation and extraction). In the simplest of terms, the fetus is crushed and dismembered by the abortionist’s instruments and then removed out of the mother. This can take more than one day and is a very expensive and risky procedure. While the 1973 Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton allow abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy, most states have tried to limit this to viability. New York took a gigantic step forward though, codifying Roe and Doe and permitting abortion until birth, long past the viability of a fetus.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation surrounded by women cheering for the right to dismember and tear apart babies in the womb. It was a sad image, especially viewing it as someone who used to be one of those women, as someone who ran my own Planned Parenthood clinic and sold abortions better than a timeshare agent ever could.

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Abortion was always pushed where I worked from the highest levels down because it’s a moneymaker. Women and their unborn babies are seen as dollar signs. Empowerment means telling them “no, you cannot have this baby and still go to school or have a career; abortion is your only option.” Abortion is an easy sell, especially in states like New York where there are few, if any obstacles, to having one, and where the cost of living is high.

Minority women especially suffer in New York, where there are more black babies that are aborted than born. The impact of abortion on black women is frankly unfair. Black mothers in New York aborted at more than three times the rate of white women. Where is the support these mothers need to keep their babies?

The New York law won’t just harm minorities; it will harm all women who seek to terminate their late-term pregnancies. According to the Guttmacher Institute, just over one percent of all abortions are on fetuses past 20 weeks gestation, which equals about 13,000 late-term abortions. Some of these children are viable and can live outside the womb and every single one has infinite worth.

The advocates of the New York law - and late-term abortions in general - always say women should be able to terminate so late in their pregnancies because of fetal abnormalities. And the stories of women who do choose this option are just heartbreaking. But even though that’s the national narrative of late-term abortion reasoning, it’s not the main reason why women choose abortion so late in pregnancy.

Guttmacher released a study in 2013 that named the most common reasons why women chose abortion late-term: not recognizing they were pregnant, issues with the father, financial constraints, depression and/or use of illicit substances, and indecision.

Another thing about this particular law that makes it so egregious is that these dangerous abortions are not required to be done by a licensed physician. Even licensed doctors have killed women during late-term abortions as the complication risk is high. Women who abort late-term babies are at an increased risk of mental health issues, depression, suicide, hemorrhage, organ damage or loss, and infections. New York is further endangering women by refusing to demand a licensed physician perform the abortion. Plenty of abortion facilities around the nation have been cited for such infractions against their patients (inspection reports available here).

This law is a farce to allow more abortions and easy access to a more risky and expensive procedure for women. While I did not work in a late-term abortion facility, I know many women who did, and many former abortion workers will tell you that the abortion facilities often had under qualified staff helping with the abortion procedure, which was risky. But it made money. This is the opposite of empowerment for women. The entire abortion movement strips women of empowerment, dignity, and feminism.

The location of the baby is the only difference between life and death in New York now. One mother will hold her newborn infant in one room of a hospital while another infant, perhaps only days from birth, lies lifeless in another room at the hands of an abortionist. I hope this law is reported on far and wide, that Americans learn exactly what a late-term abortion is, that questions are asked about what this procedure entails, that the reality of this gruesome and vile procedure is exposed.

That is ultimately how I left the abortion industry - I assisted in an ultrasound guided abortion and saw firsthand how the baby fought against the medical instruments that ultimately took its life. I walked out of the clinic and never looked back. May all of us wake up to the truth that life exists in the womb and it deserves to be protected.

Abby Johnson is the director of And Then There Were None, which helps abortion workers leave their jobs and find life-affirming ones. She’s also the author of “Unplanned”, which has been made into a feature film of the same name and will be released in theaters this Spring.

True Pundit

Published  1 month ago

New York state is on the precipice of enacting one of the more liberal abortion laws in the country, one that would allow certain late-term procedures and erase the practice from the penal code.

The Reproductive Health Act appears to be on the fast track for approval in the Democrat-controlled state Senate, which in recent history has been a pro-life bulwark against the more liberal state Assembly.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be sign it into law on Jan. 22, the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

“Republicans said, ‘You don’t need a state law codifying Roe v. Wade. No administration would ever roll back Roe v. Wade.’ So help me God, this was the conversation, you remember,” Mr. Cuomo said Monday, flanked by Democratic figures, including former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

New York Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to pass the legislation since the days of Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the late 2000s.

On Wednesday, state Sen. Liz Krueger introduced the legislation as Senate Bill S240, which drew 35 co-sponsors. Supporters say it will fortify New York’s abortion rights by adding a broad “health of the mother” exception to the state’s ban on third-trimester procedures, drop the requirement that abortions be performed by a doctor and remove criminal penalties for the practice from state law.

Critics say it goes further than Roe v. Wade, noting that abortion is protected as a legal procedure under a 1970 state law. – READ MORE

MRCTV

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still refusing to sign the state’s budget, a move scheduled for April, unless the newly Democrat-led state legislature passes a bill that would expand the state’s already permissive abortion laws to include elective abortions for any reason through the ninth month of pregnancy.

Even worse is that Cuomo’s proposed measure, called the Reproductive Health Act, would also remove abortion from the state’s criminal code, potentially depriving women of being able to seek justice for the unborn children they were forced to abort by sex traffickers, sex abusers or violent partners.

Current New York law already allows elective abortions up through 24 weeks of pregnancy – one of the least restrictive abortion limits in the country. This existing rule now permits women to voluntarily terminate through dismemberment well-developed preborn children who have already developed bones, hair, unique fingerprints, a sense of hearing and a nervous system capable of feeling pain.

But despite the state's already lax abortion limit, Cuomo and other pro-abortion advocates have taken issue with the fact that current state law doesn't allow for abortions past 24 weeks for "certain" exceptions - exceptions that can pretty much include anything. If passed, this new rule would expand abortions to include elective termination procedures up until the moment of delivery at nine months for virtually any reason. From the bill itself:

“Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child or have an abortion.”

The bill also states that “Section 2 of the bill creates a new Article 25-A of the Public Health Law (PHL), which states that an abortion May be performed by a licensed, certified, or authorized practitioner within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient's life or health.”

However, it’s important to note that the term “health” doesn’t necessarily have to mean a woman’s physical state, but can be subjectively expanded by her physician to include her mental or emotional health – i.e., whenever having a baby no longer jives with what the woman wants and can be deemed harmful to her emotional well-being.

Naturally, pro-life groups are outraged at the proposed bill, and at the governor threatening to hold the entire state’s funding hostage over it.

“Supporters of RHA claim it merely seeks to update New York’s laws to make them consistent with Roe v. Wade. This claim is false,” the New York State Right to Life said in a statement. “The changes this bill would make instead would authorize abortion through all nine months, for any reason, with no restrictions.”

Predictably, left-leaning media outlets like the New York Times have downplayed the extremism of Cuomo’s abortion proposaland the human rights abuses that it would allow, reporting only that the Democratic governor has vowed to expand and protect “reproductive rights” for women. The only late-term abortion procedures the NYT lists for potential expansion are third-trimester abortions in which the unborn baby is medically “unviable” or in which the life of the mother is at risk.

Unmentioned in the report is the newly expanded ability for women to abort their babies for economic or family reasons (like a bad break up), or the potential for pregnant women to be forced into abortions by abusers. Instead, the New York Times chose only to report that “A group opposed to abortion, Feminists Choosing Life of New York, issued a statement on Monday decrying the R.H.A. as an overreach and criticizing what it said were too-broad exceptions for third-trimester abortions.”

Conservative News Today

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Classless CNN pundit Ana Navarro cavalierly filed her nails during a heated debate with CNN commentator Steve Cortes on Chris Cuomo’s talk show. Cortes, who’s of Colombian descent, is a successful Wall Street executive. Like many law-abiding Hispanics, Cortes opposes illegal immigration. He pointed out that the bogus statistics the media keep throwing around how […]

LifeNews.com

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Hillary Clinton/Andrew Cuomo Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth Expected to Pass Easily

True Pundit

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Failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push for state legislation that will permit abortions “at any time” a patient’s health needs to be protected.

I’ll be joining @NYGovCuomo as he lays out his plan to codify Roe v. Wade and pass the Reproductive Health Act. There’s no time to wait. #RHAin30Days https://t.co/9DW9cfE9RD

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 6, 2019

Clinton and Cuomo announced Monday they would be urging a measure that would codify Roe v. Wade in New York’s law now that Democrats are in control of the state Senate. Such a bill has already passed the state Assembly in the past.

Today we are sending a strong message that we stand united in the fight to protect women’s rights. We must codify Roe v. Wade into state law and we must do it now. #RHAin30Days pic.twitter.com/buOUqKII3P

Currently, New York law bans abortions past the 24th week of pregnancy, unless the mother’s life is in danger. – READ MORE

Conservative Tribune

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The law was the latest move to left by New York state since the state Senate turned Democrat.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

Ocasio-Cortez has been calling for the creation of 'Green New Deal' legislation, which would eliminate much of the United States’ fossil-fuel consumption. So far, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., and 40 House Democrats have said they support the proposal, but incoming House Democratic leadership has put it on pause for now.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at fact-checkers just days after taking office, accusing them of “false equivalency” and “bias” toward her in their columns examining her statements.

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been called out by fact-checkers at a steady clip since her upset primary win last year over then-Rep. Joe Crowley. She's apparently had enough. On Monday, she took aim at PolitiFact and The Washington Post fact-check unit for supposedly singling her out.

“Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday. “This is where false equivalency + bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/ scientists, for example.”

Her argument was not so much that the columns were wrong but that they should be scrutinizing the Trump White House more. Ocasio-Cortez complained that PolitiFact fact-checked her the “same” amount of times as White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

“For example, it looks like @PolitiFact has fact-checked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and myself the *same* amount of times: 6,” she said. “She’s been serving for 2 years. I’ve served 4 days. Why is she fact-checked so little? Is she adhering to some standard we don’t know about?”

She added: “Another question for @politifact: some officials’ statements (ex. Andrew Cuomo) get rated ‘true’ frequently. I say true things all the time – I’d hope most do. When does Politifact choose to rate true statements? Is there a guide? I’d be happy to repost if there is.”

A reporter for the Washington Post, which regularly publishes a fact-check column assigning “Pinocchios” based on the level of falsehood in statements made, hit back, noting there is a way to “avoid” being fact-checked -- and stressing they scrutinize the Trump administration plenty.

“No one likes to be fact-checked. There’s a simple way to avoid it. And there’s a big difference between the colossal amount of time we spend fact-checking Trump (7,645 false/misleading claims and counting) and TWO fact-checks of @AOC,” Post reporter Sal Rizzo tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez then seemed to back down.

“Fact-checking is critically important. It’s not always fun. But that’s okay! It pushes me to be better. It is important that if fact-checkers are referees, everyone know the rules –and those rules be as clear + fair as possible for all to play,” she said. “Thank you for the work you do.”

Ocasio-Cortez, in an interview Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” was asked about the criticism over factual errors and argued it's more important to be "morally right."

“I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

But she said it's still important to be factually correct and she owns up when she says something "clumsy."

"But it’s not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing at all," she said.

LifeNews.com

Published  1 month ago

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to protect and expand abortion access for women in the state, promising Monday to nix a state budget that doesn’t include looser abortion laws.

Cuomo, a Democrat, promised to add abortion protections to the state constitution and vowed to reject a budget that doesn’t include expanded abortion access while speaking at Barnard College in New York City. Members of the state legislature and abortion advocates attended the event, CBS News reported.

“We have led the way on women’s rights like no other state, period,” Cuomo said, according to CBS.

Abortion is legal up until 24 weeks in pregnancy in the state. Cuomo seeks to pass the Reproductive Health Act, which will provide exceptions for circumstances where a woman’s health is at risk or where a baby will be born with a fatal fetal abnormality. The legislation also seeks to allow nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants and qualified health care professionals to provide abortions.

The governor is also looking to pass a bill requiring insurance companies to provide free contraceptive care, The New York Times reported Monday.

Cuomo vowed Monday not to sign the state’s budget plan in April unless both bills are included. He also demanded that the bills’ provisions be codified into the state constitution, according to TheNYT.

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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also spoke at the event.

“Advancing the rights of women and girls is the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton said, TheNYT reported. “It continues to be the fight of our lifetime.”

Roughly 10 percent of women in New York resided in a county that had no abortion center in 2014, according to a May 2018 Guttmacher Institute report. Women seeking abortions in the state do not face any major restrictions like waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or public funding limitations, according to the report.

Cuomo did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

LifeNews.com

Published  1 month ago

Hillary Clinton is not on the campaign trail right now, but she still is using her influence to push legalized abortion up to birth.

On Sunday, she announced plans to help New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo push a radical pro-abortion bill in his state.

“I’ll be joining Gov. Cuomo as he lays out his plan to codify Roe v. Wade and pass the Reproductive Health Act,” Clinton wrote on Twitter. “There’s no time to wait.”

Cuomo made no secret of his plans to ram the pro-abortion bill through the state legislature. He said he wants to see it pass within 30 days.

Pro-abortion lawmakers in New York have been trying to pass the radical pro-abortion Reproductive Health Act for years. Already one of the most pro-abortion states in America, New York would be made even more pro-abortion if the legislation passes. The bill would allow abortions on viable, late-term unborn babies for any “health” reason and would keep abortion on demand legal in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The Times Union reports the bill would end a decades-old law that would criminalize late-term abortions if Roe is overturned and replace it with new language allowing abortion on demand. State Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, is the sponsor.

“It would proclaim abortion as a fundamental right and impose an extreme abortion agenda on all New Yorkers,” according to New York State Right to Life.

Here’s more from the local news:

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The legislation passed the Assembly but was blocked by the Senate Health Committee before it got to the floor for a vote last year.

With the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and the controversial appointment of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats like Cuomo and Clinton fear the Supreme Court could repeal Roe v. Wade. They’re pushing, as New York’s legislature convenes on Jan. 9, to make sure the ruling is state law.

Among the most radically pro-abortion parts of the legislation, it would create a very loose definition of viability that could allow unborn babies to be aborted up to birth. According to a New York RTL analysis of the 2013 bill, which is basically the same as the current legislation:

“Roe v. Wade defined viability as the potential to ‘live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid.’ RHA states that viability will be subjectively determined by the ‘licensed healthcare practitioner’ and no ‘extraordinary medical measures’ are required to help the child survive outside the womb. ‘Extraordinary medical measures’ is not defined.”

It also would end limits on late-term abortions by allowing third-trimester unborn babies to be aborted for all “health” factors including “physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age.”

Additionally, the bill says the state cannot “deny, regulate or restrict” abortion, not even for common-sense reasons such as parental consent for minors, informed consent or limits on taxpayer-funded abortions.

Pro-life groups fear for medical workers’ rights as well. According to New York RTL, the bill does not provide conscience protections for religious hospitals or insurance companies, and medical workers could be forced to refer women for abortions.

Cuomo and Clinton both advocate for abortion on demand. During her failed 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton not only pushed for abortion to be legal for any reason up to birth but also for taxpayer-funded abortions.

True Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Catholics are demanding Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) be excommunicated from the Church after the Democrat signed and celebrated a horrifying bill that allows abortion up to the moment of birth in New York, loosens restrictions on who performs abortions, and wipes the fatal procedure from the state’s criminal code.

Catholic Bishops of New York State released a statement ripping Cuomo and pro-abortion lawmakers over the euphemistically-named Reproductive Health Act, but stopped short of calling for excommunication.

To many prominent Catholics, the statement was not enough.

As noted by Life News, Monsignor Charles Pope, writing at the National Catholic Register, said it was a “lie” to suggest Cuomo is in “good standing” with the Church.

“It’s time to end the charade, even the lie, that Andrew Cuomo and others like him are Catholics in good standing,” Pope wrote, adding that the bishops’ statement was “not enough.”- READ MORE

Live Action News

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is already notorious among pro-lifers for being one of the most pro-abortion politicians in the nation. The state he serves already has one of the highest abortion rates in the country, but he has been continually fighting to make abortion even more widespread and commonplace in New York.

Now, the abortion extremist is taken it even farther, publicly proclaiming on the Capitol Pressroom that pro-lifers are not welcome to live in New York.

You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.

… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

Last year, Governor Cuomo made it clear that he wants New York to be the abortion capital of the world. New York’s abortion rate statewide is already almost twice as high as the national average, and in New York City, it’s even worse. Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, opposed by the majority of New Yorkers, was defeated last year, but Cuomo has sworn to try to get it passed again in 2014.

That Andrew Cuomo wants there to be more abortions in New York isn’t a surprise to anyone. That he is so extreme as to say that pro-lifers shouldn’t even be able to live in his state, simply for believing in the sanctity of life, is truly shocking. To him, evidently it’s not good enough for abortion to just be legal and widespread – he thinks that pro-lifers should be not only silenced, but kicked out of the state.

It’s despicable and disturbing. And while pro-lifers are used to abortion advocates attempting to have them silenced, this takes it to an entirely new and sickening level.

Daily Wire

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New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan is refusing to excommunicate Governor Andrew Cuomo from the Catholic Church despite the fact he just enshrined into state law one of the most radical abortion measures in United States history, ensuring that women have a "fundamental right" to kill their babies at any time throughout the pregnancy if an authorized abortionist determines in "good faith" that it would "protect the patient's life or health." Under the new law, a woman in New York can literally abort her baby just one day prior to its due date.

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After New York enacted the abortion law, Catholics across the country immediately demanded that Cardinal Timothy Dolan excommunicate Cuomo from the Catholic Church, arguing his actions were too egregious to be met with a simple statement of condemnation. Two of Cardinal Dolan's colleagues, Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville and Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, were emphatic in their calls for the excommunication of Cuomo.

"Someone asked me today if I would issue an excommunication of a Catholic Governor under my jurisdiction if the Governor did the same as in New York," Stika tweeted Thursday afternoon, LifeSiteNews reports. "I think I might do it for any Catholic legislator under my jurisdiction who voted for the bill as well as the Governor."

"Enough is enough,” continued Stika. "Excommunication is to be not a punishment but to bring the person back into the Church. It's like medicine for them. But this vote is so hideous and vile that it warrants the act. But thankfully I am not in that position. Very sad."

Bishop Strickland supported Stika's call for Cuomo's excommunication, saying the new law amounts to little more than legalized "infanticide."

"I’m with Bishop Stika," he said. "I’m not in a position to take action regarding legislation in New York but I implore bishops who are to speak out forcefully. In any sane society this is called INFANTICIDE!!!!!!!!!!"

In a statement released on Friday by Cardinal Dolan's spokesman, the New York prelate said that excommunication "should not be used as a weapon" and that the people calling for Cuomo's ouster are only doing so out of "anger and frustration."

I will not discuss any individual. Anything that follows is a statement of some general principles, and should not be considered to be a comment on any specific person.

First, excommunication should not be used as a weapon. Too often, I fear, those who call for someone's excommunication do so out of anger or frustration.

Second, notable canon lawyers have said that, under canon law, excommunication is not an appropriate response to a politician who supports or votes for legislation advancing abortion.

Third, from a pastoral perspective, if a pastor - and a bishop is certainly a pastor of a diocese - knows of a grave situation involving a parishioner, it is his duty to address that issue personally and directly with the parishioner. That was the approach of Cardinal O'Connor and Cardinal Egan (both of whom I served), and it is Cardinal Dolan's approach as well.

Fourth, and finally, from a strategic perspective, I do not believe that excommunication would be effective as many politicians would welcome it as a sign of their refusal to be "bullied by the Church", thinking it would therefore give them a political advantage. (See, for example, the case of Bishop Leo Maher and Lucy Killea).

According to Catholic Canon Law, politicians who publicly oppose the Church on matters of grave sin should not even receive Holy Communion at Mass.

ImmigrationReform.com

Published  1 month ago

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pardoning more illegal aliens to shield them from deportation.

The Democratic governor this week pardoned 22 criminal immigrants, many of whom could have been removed from the U.S. or blocked from citizenship.

The move marks an escalation in Cuomo’s campaign to thwart deportations of criminal aliens. In 2017, he pardoned 18 illegal aliens convicted of crimes. Before that, he granted clemency to seven.

Cuomo magnanimously – and disingenuously — proclaimed he was “keeping immigrant families together.” In doing so, he failed to acknowledge that it is the people who break laws who are responsible for the consequences of their actions on family members. Even in cases involving legal immigrants, continued presence in the United States is conditioned on the immigrants obeying the laws of this country.

During his re-election campaign, Cuomo took political chutzpah to a new level by declaring himself an “undocumented immigrant.” He isn’t; his father, Mario (a former New York governor), and mother, Matilda, were both born in New York – and so was he.

President Donald Trump has directed immigration officials to prioritize the deportation of illegal aliens charged or convicted of crimes. This is a sensible reversal of President Obama’s policy that limited removal to only the most egregious criminal aliens.

Cuomo is having none of it. Calling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “a bunch of thugs” last year, he sued the Trump administration for “ripping babies from the arms of their mothers.”

The illegal aliens pardoned by Cuomo were primarily drug offenders, with other crimes in the mix.

Prior to his pardon, one of the aliens said he had considered applying for citizenship via his fiancée. But with his petty larceny convictions, he noted, “It was for me a matter of ‘if’” — that is, whether citizenship would be granted in light of his criminal record.

Now, with pardon in hand, “It just becomes a matter of when,” he said.

Maureen Maloney, whose son was killed by an illegal alien in 2011, called Cuomo’s latest pardons “pandering.”

Countering Cuomo’s faux family-friendliness, the Angel Mom said, “Building a wall and securing our border will keep American families together.”

LifeNews.com

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Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo Campaign for Bill Allowing Abortions Up to Birth

Townhall

Published  1 month ago

Twice-failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) Monday to announce that they would be pushing to codify Roe v. Wade in New York’s law in the next 30 days now that Democrats are in control of the state’s Senate. They plan to do so through a measure that would permit late-term abortions.

New York's current law, which was in place three years prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, prohibits abortions after 24 weeks, the point increasingly understood to be viability, unless the procedure is necessary to save a women's life.

The Reproductive Health Act would permit a “licensed health care practitioner” to perform an abortion “within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient's life or health.”

It also does away with criminal penalties for self-abortion and defines "'Person,' when referring to the victim of a homicide," to mean "a human being who has been born and is alive."

Both Hillary Clinton and Gov. Cuomo praised the late-term pro-abortion measure. In her speech Monday, Clinton pointed out that New York was the state in which the very first Planned Parenthood opened its doors.

“Our right to make the most deeply personal decision is facing the most significant threats in recent memory,” she said. “This administration has rolled back access to reproductive health services at home and around the world and proposed cuts to international health development and diplomacy that put both women’s lives and our national security at risk.”

Gov. Cuomo lavished praise on Clinton, quipping “I love Hillary, don’t tell Bill.”

“The nation made a terrible mistake and I believe they regret it,” he added, in reference to her 2016 election loss to President Trump.

“Kavanaugh is going to reverse Roe v. Wade, I have no doubt, Gorsuch is going to reverse Roe v. Wade,” he told the crowd, referencing Trump’s recently appointed Supreme Court Justices.

He argued that action was needed to protect abortion access and called the Reproductive Health Act “a state law that is a prophylactic from the federal action” on the abortion issue.

He promised not to pass a budget “until the reproductive health act and the contraceptive care act have passed.”

Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference, warned the Catholic Courier last week about the potential consequences of the bill's passage.

She argued that the bill’s proponents have been misleadingly framing it as simply codifying Roe v Wade when in reality it goes much farther.

“One of the stark differences is that Roe v Wade never gave permission for nondoctors to perform abortions, and this bill specifically will allow nondoctors to perform abortions,” she explained. “It also repeals protections that are currently in our law for babies that are accidentally born alive during an abortion.”

Suzanne Stack, life-issues coordinator for the Diocese of Rochester, said the bill “would remove abortion from the state’s penal code, which means there would no longer be a criminal avenue to pursue if a baby dies in the womb through an act of domestic violence or another crime.”

“I doubt that almost any of us in New York state would be comfortable with these provisions, but we have not been offered the facts by most of the media or by many of our legislators,” Stack emphasized to the Courier.

Cuomo is also pushing for adding the right to abortion into New York’s constitution via an amendment.

This year I am calling for a Constitutional Amendment that writes into the NY Constitution protection for a woman's right to control her own reproductive health. In this crazy political environment, we can’t take Roe v. Wade for granted. #RHAin30Days

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 7, 2019

NRA-ILA

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Anti-gun organizations want you to believe that the next law, the next restriction on gun rights, the next burden for law-abiding gun owners will be the game-changer. Whenever gun control fails – and it always does – the answer is that the effort didn’t go far enough. Researchers grasp for an excuse when they find their preferred gun control laws have no effect on crime.

Chicago experienced fewer homicides and fewer shootings in 2018 than in 2017, marking the second consecutive decrease. The city has long been held up as proof that gun control doesn’t work. Do two years of declining murder rates indicate that gun control has finally worked?

According to an interview conducted by and run in The Trace, of all places, the answer is no. The Trace interviewed a research director from the Chicago Crime Lab. As the research director acknowledged, crime is “very, very localized, even to certain blocks in certain neighborhoods.” Chicago’s recent strategy was to change the policing and management practices in its police districts. Twenty of the twenty-two police districts are now home to Strategic Decision Support Centers, which put crime analysts and police officers in the same room to address problems close to the source. The reporter ends with a question about policies that Illinois lawmakers should consider to address violence, and the research director suggests they focus on education and giving law enforcement the tools necessary to pursue investigations and protect witnesses.

New Orleans is another 2018 success story, having reached a 47-year low in the number of homicides. There were also about 28% fewer non-fatal shootings than in 2017. New Orleans hasn’t enacted any so-called “gun control” measures. The city owes this success to police work. From The New Orleans Advocate:

“New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison has said none of that is by accident. He said he tasked a specialized team of tactical officers and detectives with removing repeat violent offenders from the streets over the past two years, no matter how long the cases took to build, and they’ve delivered results.”

Chicago and New Orleans show that solid police work makes a difference. Community-based efforts, like Operation Ceasefire and others like it, operate as partnerships between law enforcement and community leaders. These programs work to alleviate violence by focusing on those likely to engage in it in the neighborhoods most prone to violence, working to defuse conflict and building a culture that rejects violence.

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York recently announced the state will spend more than $3.1 million funding a street outreach program to “curb gun violence and save lives by intervening in the aftermath of shootings to prevent retaliation, working with high-risk youth to connect them to services and programs, and other community engagement initiatives.” The program is led by outreach workers who live and work in dangerous neighborhoods. From National Network for Safe Communities Director David Kennedy’s quote in the press release:

“The developing science of violence prevention shows very clearly that focused attention to the very small number of high-risk groups and individuals at high risk for serious violence can be very effective.”

The common thread between the heads-up police work in Chicago and New Orleans and the community-intervention models in New York and elsewhere is that they are law enforcement solutions focused on dangerous people, namely the criminals.

We’re always happy to see efforts to reduce violence focus on the criminals and not law-abiding gun owners.

Diamond & Silk

Published  1 month ago

If there’s one thing that liberal governors love it’s letting people out of prison. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo definitely fits that mold. He thought it would be a good idea to let 22 people out of jail for New Year’s and that number included four murderers.

From Fox News:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday took a swipe at President Trump’s immigration policies as he granted clemency to 29 people, including some immigrants who were facing deportation.

According to reports, Cuomo (D) issued pardons to 22 immigrants who, because mainly of drug-related convictions, could have been deported or blocked from citizenship.

He also commuted the sentences of seven other individuals, including four for murder and three for armed robbery.

In a statement, Cuomo’s office said Trump and the federal government are “waging a war on our border against immigrant communities.”

Here’s more.

Twenty-two of the inmates won pardons, including several immigrants convicted of drug crimes who were facing possible deportation.

Nine others had their sentences commuted, four for murder and three for armed robbery.

“These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York,” the governor said in a statement.

The convicted murderers had all served between 20 and 33 years and had committed the crimes in their teens.

If you live in New York you can look forward to possibly running into these guys on the street and you can thank your governor.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  1 month ago

If there’s one thing that liberal governors love it’s letting people out of prison. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo definitely fits that mold. He thought it would be a good idea to let 22 people out of jail for New Year’s and that number included four murderers.

From Fox News:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday took a swipe at President Trump’s immigration policies as he granted clemency to 29 people, including some immigrants who were facing deportation.

According to reports, Cuomo (D) issued pardons to 22 immigrants who, because mainly of drug-related convictions, could have been deported or blocked from citizenship.

He also commuted the sentences of seven other individuals, including four for murder and three for armed robbery.

In a statement, Cuomo’s office said Trump and the federal government are “waging a war on our border against immigrant communities.”

Here’s more.

From New York Post:

Twenty-two of the inmates won pardons, including several immigrants convicted of drug crimes who were facing possible deportation.

Nine others had their sentences commuted, four for murder and three for armed robbery.

“These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York,” the governor said in a statement.

The convicted murderers had all served between 20 and 33 years and had committed the crimes in their teens.

If you live in New York you can look forward to possibly running into these guys on the street and you can thank your governor.

The Liberty Eagle

Published  1 month ago

While President Trump continues to fight for vigilance on the border and a construction of an impenetrable wall, 2020 hopeful Andrew Cuomo is moving in the opposite direction.

On the last day of 2018, Cuomo chose to pardon 22 immigrants facing possible deportation due to drug crimes.

From WashingtonExaminer

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted clemency to 29 people on Monday, including immigrants who are facing deportation.

In a New Year’s Eve, statement, the Democrat took a shot at President Trump for the partial government shutdown, which stems from an impasse over border security funding.

“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” Cuomo said. “These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York.”

Twenty-two of the individuals who received pardons were immigrants who, because of convictions mainly related to drug crimes, could have been deported.

Among the seven others who had their sentences commuted are four convicted murderers and three others behind bars for armed robbery.

The statement from Cuomo’s office said all 29 individuals “have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation and a commitment to community crime reduction.”

Cuomo will be sworn in for a third term on Tuesday on Ellis Island, which for about 60 years until 1954 processed millions of immigrants entering the U.S.

WGRZ

Published  1 month ago

In his inaugural speech to begin his third term as New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo promised that within the next 100 days he would propose “the most progressive agenda this state has ever seen”

“From voting reforms, to Roe v. Wade for New York, to protecting a woman's right to choose. To better gun laws, to healthcare protection, to legalizing marijuana, to protecting the labor movement, to a green new deal, to real criminal justice reform - we will make history and New York will move forward,” Cuomo stated during his 30 minute speech at Ellis Island.

The Governor, however, other than outlining planks in a progressive platform, didn’t offer specific details about any of them.

Still, much can be gleaned about the Governor’s intentions based on his prior remarks regarding those topics.

Cuomo's "Most Progressive" Agenda

In terms of voting reforms, Cuomo has previously stated his desire to enact automatic voter registration (whereby someone of legal voting age would be automatically registered unless they opted out), same-day registration, and early voting.

His “Roe v Wade for New York” remark reflects his desire to codify abortion rights in New York State law, in case the landmark Roe V. Wade decision - which already ensures those rights nationally - is ever overturned.

The guns laws he wants would include expanding the waiting period for purchase to ten days, and grant judges the authority to confiscate guns from those they might deem to be a “threat”.

The Green New Deal in part, would include be an ambitious plan to somehow make New York's electricity 100% carbon-neutral by 2040.

Criminal justice reform would include eliminating cash bail for those charged with minor, nonviolent offenses which supporters say would ensure equality for poor defendants who would no longer be locked up pending trial.

If some of these things sound familiar, they should, because he's proposed them before without success.

The difference now is that for the first time in years, his fellow democrats control both houses of the state legislature which Cuomo also made note of in his speech.

“Our new legislature is thankfully now governed by democrats. I feel liberated. I felt like I was fighting with one arm tied behind my back,” said Cuomo, regarding his first two terms where republicans controlled the NY State Senate.

One Party, Downstate Rule

“I think the most significant thing we face now is that there is one party rule in Albany and not just one party rule but a heavy downstate and New York city influence among the leadership of both houses and of course the Governor hailing from New York City,” said republican New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan of Elma, who now finds himself in the minority of his house. “The concern for all of us upstate is that there’s an eye toward representation of everybody across the state and not a focus on solely New York City.”

However, while some have presumed the new legislature will do Cuomo’s, some ideas they may mutually agree upon may not manifest themselves in the ways the Governor envisions, particularly if lawmakers seek to establish their independence from him.

“I’m encouraged that the new (Senate) Majority Leader, Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins has spoken publicly about representing the entire state and representing upstate as well as downstate and I certainly hope she follows through with that,” Gallivan said.

Beyond briefly outlining his agenda for his third term, Cuomo spent much of his speech blasting the administration of President Donald Trump.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pardoned 22 illegals to stop them from being deported.

The pardons were mostly for drug possession, but drug dealing, arson and robbery as well.

One of the men Cuomo pardoned set “an acquaintance’s car on fire as an act of mischief,” according to the governor’s statement.

“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York.”

The statement explained that the goal was to “remove the barriers that their criminal records present to their immigration status. Some are facing deportation, while others wish to be able to participate in their communities as citizens of the country they call home. In each case, a pardon will make immigration-related relief possible, if not automatic.”

Cuomo additionally commuted the sentences of seven illegal immigrants that are currently imprisoned.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 month ago

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted clemency to 29 people on Monday, including immigrants who are facing deportation.

In a New Year's Eve, statement, the Democrat took a shot at President Trump for the partial government shutdown, which stems from an impasse over border security funding.

"While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities," Cuomo said. "These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York."

Twenty-two of the individuals who received pardons were immigrants who, because of convictions mainly related to drug crimes, could have been deported.

Among the seven others who had their sentences commuted are four convicted murderers and three others behind bars for armed robbery.

The statement from Cuomo's office said all 29 individuals "have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation and a commitment to community crime reduction."

Cuomo will be sworn in for a third term on Tuesday on Ellis Island, which for about 60 years until 1954 processed millions of immigrants entering the U.S.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday took a swipe at President Trump's immigration policies as he granted clemency to 29 people, including some immigrants who were facing deportation.

According to reports, Cuomo (D) issued pardons to 22 immigrants who, because mainly of drug-related convictions, could have been deported or blocked from citizenship.

He also commuted the sentences of seven other individuals, including four for murder and three for armed robbery.

In a statement, Cuomo's office said Trump and the federal government are "waging a war on our border against immigrant communities."

The governor also took a shot at the president for the ongoing partial government shutdown over border security funding.

“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” Cuomo said in the statement. “These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York.”

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On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk said there is no policy behind these commutations, and they are simply a political response to Trump and his immigration policies.

"He's intentionally demagoguing what the president is doing here," Kirk said of Cuomo. "The president is standing against illegal immigration, he's standing against border jumping, he's standing against drugs flowing into our country."

Kirk argued that Cuomo understands that Trump is anti-illegal immigration, not anti-immigration, yet the governor is being misleading and "fear-mongering" in immigrant communities with rhetoric like this.

"It's intentional conflation, and that's where we really have to take a stand. And every time we hear it, we have to correct it and say, 'No, no, no. We are are against illegal border jumping. We are pro-immigration.'"

Watch more from Kirk above, and see his reaction to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" proposal.

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Fox News

Published  1 month ago

As seen on Fox & Friends

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday took a swipe at President Trump's immigration policies as he granted clemency to 29 people, including some immigrants who were facing deportation.

According to reports, Cuomo (D) issued pardons to 22 immigrants who, because mainly of drug-related convictions, could have been deported or blocked from citizenship.

He also commuted the sentences of seven other individuals, including four for murder and three for armed robbery.

In a statement, Cuomo's office said Trump and the federal government are "waging a war on our border against immigrant communities."

The governor also took a shot at the president for the ongoing partial government shutdown over border security funding.

“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” Cuomo said in the statement. “These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York.”

On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk said there is no policy behind these commutations, and it's simply a response to Trump and his immigration policies.

"He's intentionally demagoguing what the president is doing here," Kirk said. "The president is standing against illegal immigration, he's standing against border jumping, he's standing against drugs flowing into our country."

Kirk argued that Cuomo understands that Trump is anti-illegal immigration, not anti-immigration, yet the governor is being misleading and "fear-mongering" in immigrant communities with rhetoric like this.

"It's intentional conflation, and that's where we really have to take a stand. And every time we hear it, we have to correct it and say, 'No, no, no. We are are against illegal border jumping. We are pro-immigration.'"

Watch more from Kirk above, and see his reaction to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" proposal.

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed on Tuesday evening to govern with a left-wing agenda in his third term, raising suspicions that the governor is boosting his national profile to prepare for a presidential run in 2020.

Cuomo kicked off the start of his third term with an inauguration speech on Ellis Island in New York with several politically-charged statements against President Donald Trump and vowed to enact “the most progressive agenda this state has ever seen” in the first 100 days of his third term.

“We will make history and New York will move forward, not by building a wall, my friends, but by building new bridges,” he said, referring to Trump’s efforts to fortify a wall on the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

Cuomo, in his 30-minute speech, railed against the Trump administration and accused officials of dividing the population for political purposes and bragged at how the Statue of Liberty remains open even in a federal government shutdown because of state funding.

“The federal government may shut itself down but it will never extinguish the Statue of Liberty’s torch or erase the words of her poem,” Cuomo said. “They will never close our harbor, they will never close our hearts, and they will never close this hall of dreamers or disrespect the legacy they left.”

The Tuesday evening speech raised suspicions that Cuomo is preparing to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential race, although Cuomo has repeatedly denied that he plans to seek higher office.

The New York Democrat, who recently won re-election against Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, has criticized Trump before— and had been forced to walk back his statements because of the public outcry.

Cuomo said in August speech that America “was never that great,” hoping to gain points with his left-wing base for taking a dig at Trump.

But after he did not get the reaction he hoped from the public, he told a group of reporters that he made some “inartful” comments and walked back his statement.

WSJ

Published  1 month ago

One side effect of a strengthening national economy has been a widening disparity in state growth rates. The eight fastest-growing states by population last year were located in the West or South (Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Colorado and Texas).

And what do you know? These states have also experienced rapid employment and GDP growth spurred by low tax rates and policies generally friendly to business and job creation. Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Washington, Utah, Florida and Colorado ranked among the eight states with the fastest job growth this past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nevada, Texas, Washington and Florida have no income tax.

Florida recorded the highest level of net domestic migration last year and has gained 1.2 million people from other states since 2010. Many Florida transplants are retirees and tax refugees from the Northeast, but businesses of all sorts are also recruiting young workers from other states to serve the state’s booming population that has reached 21.3 million.

Then there’s California. Despite its balmy weather and thriving tech industry, the Golden State last year lost more people to other states than it gained from foreign immigration. Since 2010, a net 710,000 people have left California for other states. One reason is high housing prices, fueled by onerous land and zoning regulations, which have driven out thousands of middle-income families.

Jobs and businesses have also fled the state’s high taxes and regulation. A study this month by business relocation consultant Joe Vranich estimates that 1,800 businesses shifted jobs or capital out of California in 2016 and about 13,000 companies have left the state since 2008. Over the last decade $76.7 billion in capital and 275,000 jobs have moved out of the state.

While California’s population continues to grow because of its relatively high birth rate and foreign immigration, other states that are hostile to business have been less blessed. Nine states lost population last year including Alaska, Connecticut, Louisiana, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, West Virginia and Wyoming. Alaska, Louisiana, West Virginia and Wyoming are heavily dependent on the vagaries of energy prices, but the economic malaise in Connecticut, Illinois, Hawaii and New York is self-inflicted.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently blamed cold weather for the state’s population exodus, but last year frigid New Hampshire with no income tax attracted 3,900 newcomers from other states. Last year’s federal tax reform limited the deductibility of state-and-local taxes and may be driving more affluent households out of high-tax states, though it’s too early to have hard data. Immigration flows into New York City mask the economic debacle of upstate despite Mr. Cuomo’s corporate-welfare programs.

Illinois’s population has declined by 157,000 over the past five years, which is equivalent to the mid-sized city of Rockford. According to research outfit Wirepoints, more than 114,000 residents left the state on net in 2018 and nearly 1.5 million people since 2000. Cold weather? While Illinois’s population has declined by 0.8% since 2010, Indiana’s has grown 3.1% and Wisconsin’s by 2.2%.

These population shifts mean that several states including New York, Illinois and Minnesota are likely to lose House seats after the 2020 reapportionment. States that have been rapidly adding population like Arizona, Florida and Texas are likely to increase their representation. It’d be nice to think this would finally prompt Democratic politicians to rethink their anti-growth policies. But with state political cultures dominated by public unions and welfare spending, they probably require a much deeper crisis to face reality.

America as a whole can thank the Founders for creating a federalist system that allows the economic and political safety valve of interstate policy competition.

Correction: An earlier version misspelled Rockford, Ill.

Appeared in the December 29, 2018, print edition.

News Punch

Published  1 month ago

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned four illegal immigrants imprisoned for murder, in retaliation against President Trump’s border security feud with the Democrats.

In a New Year’s Eve statement, Cuomo slammed Trump for the partial government shutdown and boasted that he had granted clemency to 29 people, including dangerous immigrants who were facing deportation.

“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” Cuomo said.

“These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York.”

Washingtonexaminer.com reports: Twenty-two of the individuals who received pardons were immigrants who, because of convictions mainly related to drug crimes, could have been deported.

Among the seven others who had their sentences commuted are four convicted murderers and three others behind bars for armed robbery.

The statement from Cuomo’s office said all 29 individuals “have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation and a commitment to community crime reduction.”

Cuomo will be sworn in for a third term on Tuesday on Ellis Island, which for about 60 years until 1954 processed millions of immigrants entering the U.S.

POLITICO

Published  2 months ago

How politics, and Donald Trump, turned America’s most important repair job into a $30 billion grudge match.

The Federalist

Published  2 months ago

Cuomo is overstepping the Constitution to punish gun owners, and he's getting an assist in his efforts from the mainstream media.

The Intercept

Published  2 months ago

A major attack on the First Amendment: no credible advocate of free expression can remain silent about this "free speech exception for Israel."

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Published  2 months ago

Letitia James: ""We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,"

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

In November Letitia James became the first African-American elected the Attorney General of New York state. It didn’t take long for Letitia to show her true colors. In a video after her election James was seen cursing and threatening President Trump. Reporter: What would you say to people who say, ‘Oh, I’m not going to […]

NBC News

Published  2 months ago

Just-elected Letitia James, who takes office next month, tells NBC she will probe real estate deals, Trump Tower meeting, emoluments, Trump Foundation and more.

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

Incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) vows to launch a widespread probe into President Donald Trump, members of his family, and “anyone” close to him suspected of breaking the law, according to a report.

“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” James told NBC News in an interview released Wednesday morning. “We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law.”

In an outline provided to NBC News, James highlighted several investigations her office plans to undertake next month:

Any illegalities involving Trump’s real estate holdings in New York, highlighting the October New York Times investigation into the president’s finances.

The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian official.

Examine government subsidies Trump received, which were also the subject of Times investigative work.

Whether he is in violation of the emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution through his New York businesses.

Continue to probe the Trump Foundation.

James, who was endorsed by another Trump foe, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), has said she would like to see her state’s double jeopardy laws changed, enabling her to bring charges against individuals the president has pardoned whose wrongdoings were conducted in New York.

“I think within the first 100 days this bill will be passed,” the New York attorney general-elect said. “It is a priority because I have concerns with respect to the possibility that this administration might pardon some individuals who might face some criminal charges, but I do not want them to be immune from state charges.”

James, who defeated Republican rival Keith Wofford to become New York’s first black attorney general, has reportedly brought on Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch to assist with her transition activities, including the hiring of prosecutors with experience investigating matters similar to her future Trump-related probes.

“Taking on President Trump and looking at all of the violations of law I think is no match to what I have seen in my lifetime,” said James.

Big League Politics

Published  2 months ago

President Donald Trump is fending off an increasingly ridiculous two-pronged legal attack from Robert Mueller, who has found no Russian collusion, and Preet Bharara-linked prosecutors in New York who are still trying to put the screws in Michael Cohen. (READ: Trump Can Get The Unmasking Records Out of the Obama Library).

Rudy Giuliani led off with the most recent Trump Team talking point:

The President is not implicated in campaign finance violations because based on Edwards case and others the payments are not campaign contributions. No responsible prosecutor would premise a criminal case on a questionable interpretation of the law.

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 8, 2018

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,…

….which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s – but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018

I laid out Robert Mueller’s strategy for this phase weeks ago in a Periscope that should be viewed again by the White House political operators, if such people actually show up to work these days.

.@howleyreports We Found Out Mueller’s Strategy. Here Is His Last-Ditch Play https://t.co/Evmmdo46Bm

Michael Cohen’s new attorney Guy Petrillo — part of a team with Amy Lester — represents Cohen as he gives information over to New York prosecutors as part of his cooperation related to his crime of lying to investigators. Those prosecutors are still loyal to anti-Trump activist Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney fired by the Trump administration. (CONFLICT: Cohen Prosecutor’s Wife’s Firm Is Being Investigated by the Trump Administration).

“Petrillo and his wife live in Chappaqua and run in the same circles as the Clintons,” a top-level FBI source told Big League Politics on the record.

Big League Politics has confirmed that Cohen’s attorney resides less than a three-mile drive from the Hillary Clinton residence, but we have redacted all addresses.

Cohen recently changed his party registration back to Democrat and told people to vote in the midterms against President Trump.

Politico described how Petrillo’s firm represented Andrew Cuomo in his dealings:

LifeNews.com

Published  2 months ago