To the Editor:
Last week, the New York State Senate passed, and Governor Chris Cuomo signed, what can only be characterized as the most barbaric abortion law in the history of western civilization.
This is not hyperbole. Paradoxically termed the “Reproductive Health Act,” the legislation allows for abortion until the day of delivery. If this is not ghoulish enough, the new law enters uncharted territory in two additional ways.
First, physicians no longer need to be present when an abortion is performed. How this is in the best interest of women’s “health” is anyone’s guess.
Second, and perhaps even more ghastly, the law removes any protection for infants who exhibit the downright stubbornness of surviving an abortion. That’s right, these living, breathing babies are granted no legal protection after they are born, and those in attendance are under no legal requirement to treat the baby when he/she survives this unspeakable process!
And how did state legislators react to the passage of legislative infanticide? With congratulatory high fives and the lighting of the World Trade Center in pink. Is all this, as Governor Cuomo says, truly in the name of “women’s’ equality”?! We have heard in recent months that it is “immoral…to rip a baby from its mother’s arms” at the border. Apparently, it is now “immoral” only if the baby is being cared for. Taking measures to ensure the death of the same baby is now cause for celebration in New York.
Throughout the next few weeks, publicly traded US corporations will announce earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018. At Planned Parenthood, profits from abortions make for bullish optimism. For every adoption the agency facilitated in 2018, they performed 82 abortions, or 911 per day. It is clear that “parenthood” is not the end game of any “plan” for this cash cow, which raked in $1.46 billion in income and $98.5M in profits in 2017. Meanwhile, congress has turned a blind eye to such largesse as American taxpayers coughed up $1.5 billion in combined Medicaid and Medicare tax dollars to this organization from 2013 to 2015, a time in which fewer cancer screenings and breast exams were conducted (low margins, don’t you know) but more abortions (higher margins).
Simply put, Planned Parenthood has degenerated into an evil hedge fund that exploits women at the most vulnerable time of their lives, while proudly proclaiming its history which is rooted in the racist Eugenics movement of the 1920s and 1930s.
Regarding this concept of evil, 18th century Irish parliamentarian Edmund Burke said it best: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
I call upon good men on the national stage such as Congressman James Langevin, as well as good local men like state Senators Mark McKenney and Mike McCaffrey, all fellow Bishop Hendricken graduates, to lead the charge against a culture of death and see to it that New York values never, ever become Rhode Island values.
Thomas G. Harkins