Writing back in May about how Democrats hoped the imminent overturning of Roe v. Wade could help them turn the tide against the projected Republican wave in the November mid-term elections, I predicted that wouldn’t happen “unless Republicans run scared” on the abortion issue.
True to form, a number of Republicans in the New York State Senate did just that only weeks later, when pro-abortion Catholic Gov. Kathy Hochul used a special legislative session—called specifically on the issue of gun violence—to rush through a pro-abortion state constitutional amendment.
Seven Republicans, including all four representing Suffolk County on Long Island, joined all 42 Democratic state Senators in voting for this latest attack on the unborn—in a state that already allows abortion right up to birth, denies protection even to babies born alive following failed abortions, and is targeting pro-life pregnancy care centers for destruction.
To be sure, the amendment’s authors couched abortion promotion within a whole range of “equal protection” provisions, banning “discrimination” based on “race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, creed, (or) religion, or sex”—under which is included “sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, and reproductive healthcare and autonomy.”
I am told Republicans who voted for this amendment are citing those other anti-discrimination provisions as their reason for doing so—even though New York State law already thoroughly protects against such discrimination.
Moreover, the Democratic Senate majority, in a news release celebrating passage of the amendment, made clear what its real intent was:
“Senate Majority Advances Amendment to Codify Abortion” read the top line of the release’s headline; and its lede sentence also highlighted “the right to abortion” before mentioning anything else.
That is the real purpose of this proposal. All else is so obviously just window-dressing designed to give cover to those, like their seven Republican fellow travelers, who were either embarrassingly duped by this pro-abortion ruse, or hoped to dupe the pro-life voters in their districts. They should know we are not as easily fooled as they apparently were.
This amendment, if enacted (it still must be passed by the next legislature, then ratified by voters), could be used to force Catholic hospitals to perform, or at least refer for, abortions (as well as sterilizations and gender-altering hormone treatments and surgical mutilations). It could be used to force pro-life pregnancy centers—if they survive at all—to likewise refer women for abortions. It could be used to make taxpayer funding for abortions a state constitutional right.
Once again, under the guise of preserving “freedom of choice,” New York’s pro-abortion politicians are passing legislation that is thoroughly anti-choice, imposing abortion mandates on religious health care facilities, pro-life pregnancy centers, and taxpayers. Even Republicans who are not strongly pro-life should be standing up against these attacks on personal freedom and religious liberty.
The seven Republicans who voted for this amendment are Phil Boyle, Mario Mattera, Anthony Palumbo, and Alexis Weik, all of Suffolk County; Mike Martucci of upstate Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties; Edward Rath of western New York; and Sue Serino, whose district straddles the Hudson valley from Saugerties to just above Peekskill.
If one of these is your state Senator, I urge you to contact them about their vote for this proposal. You might let them know that to earn your vote for their re-election in November, they must repudiate their previous vote and commit themselves to opposing this pro-abortion amendment when it comes up for a second vote in next year’s legislative session.
If you are represented by one of the 42 Democrats in the state Senate, you should of course contact them as well. They are all pro-abortion—they wouldn’t have been nominated by New York’s Democratic Party if they weren’t—but you should still let them know you object to this amendment, and their vote for it. And you should point out to them that if they were truly “pro-choice,” they would not be legislating to deny freedom of choice to taxpayers and religious institutions, and they certainly would not be attacking pro-life pregnancy centers that are simply offering women another choice besides abortion.
Just don’t get your hopes up expecting them to be responsive.