By Steve Hunley

The radical abortion legislation pushed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with the remarks of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who was supporting similar legislation in his own state, is nothing less than appalling. Governor Northam said on a radio show, in describing the effect of the abortion bill, “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 family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” So the “infant” would be kept comfortable until the doctor/s and “mother” decide whether or not to kill it?

Northam’s comments have created a firestorm, as might be expected, and the Virginia governor is now claiming he was only referring to non-viable or severely deformed “fetuses”, but the fact is it was all too clear he was talking about a born alive infant, hence the use of the word “infant” rather than “fetus.” Obviously, otherwise there would be no need at all for a conversation about resuscitation.

Virginia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are all hurrying to follow New York state’s example to allow abortion into the fortieth week of pregnancy. Keep in mind, when the U. S. Supreme Court heard Roe vs. Wade, the justices acknowledged the state has a “legitimate interest in protecting the potentiality of human life.” The high court said that same interest becomes “compelling” when the infant becomes viable along 28 weeks when the decision was written in 1973.

The New York bill signed by Andrew Cuomo allows for abortion right up until the moment of birth if the mother’s life is in danger, although the legislation doesn’t define just precisely what might endanger her life. The abortion bill pending before the Massachusetts legislature, like that in New York, also allows for abortions right up until the moment of birth if the mother’s life is in danger. Unlike the bill approved by the New York legislature, the Massachusetts bill does describe what it considers threats to the mother’s well being: one can have an abortion in “light of all factors – – – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the person’s age – – – relevant to the well-being of the patient.” Anyone who has been a parent, might certainly agree that he or she was traumatized during his or her child’s teenage years. It’s all a part of raising a child. So just how far does that go?

The New York legislature has legalized killing human beings, it’s that simple. They can refer to fetuses all they like, but the simple truth is they are making it legal to kill viable babies. To describe the babies as fetuses and refer to “mothers” is a cruel misnomer. It would be more appropriate to refer to the women carrying the fetuses as “carriers”, but of course the logic in use of the language is really very simple. It doesn’t sound nearly so terrible to kill a fetus, but it sure sounds awful to kill a baby. Referring to the carrier as a “mother” humanizes her, yet the carriers have mothered nothing, nurtured nothing, accomplished nothing, except to get pregnant. That does not make anyone a mother.

These bills, allowing no holds barred abortions, are not only troubling, but downright disgusting. It is yet another example of extending superior rights to one group while denying rights to another. America cannot continue to stand while legalizing the extermination of any group in this country and let’s just call it exactly what it is: legalized murder.