The signing date wasn’t accidental. Governor Cuomo made it law on the very day that the Supreme Court decided 46 years ago that abortion was an American right. Something owed every citizen like free speech, the right to vote, to be regarded innocent until proven guilty. In the Empire State if a pregnant woman’s life is in danger from her pregnancy, she can now legally end her baby’s life at any time during pregnancy–including right up to full term rather than the previous limit of 24 weeks.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Steward-Cousins crowed, “We’re saying here in New York, women’s lives matter. We’re saying here in New York, women’s decisions matter.” Attorney Sarah Weddington who successfully argued Roe V. Wade before the Supreme Court was on hand to gush to gathered assembly, “Thank you for what you’ve done for women.”
But what have you done TO children?! Women’s lives and decisions matter but helpless children’s don’t? Let’s not pretend that the only mom who will abort is the one who’s at death’s door. On Tuesday the chances of making it out alive for each child growing in a New York womb became less likely. Little one, although you did not request your beginning I must warn you that there’s a chance you’ll be exterminated if your mother–or father finds you’re a threat to their relationship, or an interruption to education or job or travel, an inconvenience, an unaffordable expense, or some other less-than-mortal reason. Don’t count on making it out alive.
Governor Cuomo sees himself an innovator, a visionary blazing a path for other states to follow. After signing the legislation he ordered state landmarks like One World Trade Center to be lit up in pink to–and I quote, “Shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.” Satire specialists at the Babylon Bee issued an article on this travesty with the title, “Demon Lord Clearly Visible In New York Senate Chamber Applauding Legalization Of Abortion Until Moment Of Birth.” In the article was a photoshopped pic of a spirit being in the balcony. Or was it photoshopped? Maybe it’s impossible to photograph demons but make no mistake about it: ONE WAS IN THE ASSEMBLY CHAMBERS. Or hundreds.
Most of us do not live in New York, cannot call those state senators about this wicked and horrible offense against heaven and humanity. But we can pray for our own state, for our own politicians, and share our views respectfully (1 Peter 3:15-16) via emails and calls. We can make reasonable arguments to our cousins, classmates, and colleagues at work. Americans are roughly split down the middle on abortion. A few % points here and there and that changes. Educate yourself so you can educate others. See https://abort73.com or https://www.frc.org/brochure/the-best-pro-life-arguments-for-secular-audiences or https://prolifetraining.com/resources/5-min-pro-life.
In your conversations, show others the grace you’ve been shown in Christ. Chances are that of the four women you meet, one will have had an abortion so shaming and blaming is not the way to persuade minds. And the only thing that screaming at others does is drown out–for the moment–the sins we’re guilty of. They’re sinners, we’re sinners. We should get along well.