On Jan. 22, tragically, New York state’s new abortion expansion bill, the Reproductive Health Act, was passed by Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Cuomo. This extreme legislation allows abortions for any reason up to the point of birth, permits abortions to be performed by non-doctors, and makes it legal to deny medical care to babies who survive a late-term abortion.
Some senators and assembly members from both parties spoke out against this legislation. Sen. Daphne Jordan argued, "A baby inside its mother is not an inanimate object, it’s a life. It has a heartbeat. It can hiccup. It can kick. It can hear its mother’s voice and music. It can feel pain.”
Unfortunately, some state legislatures are preparing to follow New York’s terrible example. By contrast, other states have passed restrictions on abortion. Dismemberment laws, for example, ban an abortionist from dismembering a live baby in the womb limb-by-limb, a commonly used procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. All six methods of abortion kill the developing child, violently, but we’ll never see a TV documentary that forces us to confront this truth.
In a 2015 poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, 84 percent of Americans agreed with the statement that “laws can exist which protect both the health and well-being of a woman and the rights of the unborn.” What keeps our country from living up to what is written across the face of the Supreme Court: EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW?
At the end of a unit on slavery, a fifth-grade boy in New Hampshire said, “We think slavery was bad, but what are people going to say about us in 100 years?”
Judy and Tom Lickona