New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attacked the “religious right” while citing that “most Catholics” are pro-choice amid the controversy of the late-term abortion bill he signed into law — the New York cardinal quickly swiped back.
In an op-ed for The New York Times, the New York governor claimed: “The president and the religious right are spreading falsehoods about abortion laws to inflame their base.”
“Activists on the far right continue to mislead with the ridiculous claim that the act will allow abortions up to a minute before birth,” Cuomo added.
Cuomo went on to claim that most Americans, including those of Catholic faith, are pro-choice.
“While Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and the Catholic Church are anti-choice, most Americans, including most Catholics, are pro-choice. The 73 percent of New Yorkers who support Roe includes 59 percent of Catholics. While governments may very well enact laws that are consistent with religious teaching, governments do not pass laws to be consistent with what any particular religion dictates.”
“I was educated in religious schools, and I am a former altar boy. My Roman Catholic values are my personal values,” he wrote. “The decisions I choose to make in my life, or in counseling my daughters, are based on my personal moral and religious beliefs.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan blasted Cuomo for linking him to the “far-right” in a statement released on Thursday.
“This is something new from the governor. He did not consider me part of the ‘religious right’ when seeking my help with the minimum wage increase, prison reform, protection of migrant workers, a welcome of immigrants and refugees, and advocacy for college programs for the state’s inmate population, which we were happy to partner with him on, because they were our causes too. I guess I was part of the ‘religious left’ in those cases.”
“The civil rights of the helpless, innocent, baby in the womb, as liberal Democrat Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey once remarked is not about ‘right versus left, but right versus wrong,'” Dolan continued.
Dolan called out Cuomo for reducing “the advocacy for the human rights of the pre-born infant to a ‘Catholic issue,’ an insult to our allies of so many religions, or none at all.”
“Yes, religion is personal; it’s hardly private, as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and struggle for civil rights so eloquently showed. Governor Cuomo’s professed faith teaches discrimination against immigrants is immoral, too. Does that mean he cannot let that moral principle guide his public policy? Clearly not.”
“Debate abortion on what it is,” he concluded. “Don’t hide behind labels like ‘right wing’ and ‘Catholic.'”
HORRIFIC: The One World Trade Center is lit up pink tonight to "celebrate" the passage of a bill that legalized abortion until birth for any reason. pic.twitter.com/tqwvFrWRqs
— Live Action (@LiveAction) January 23, 2019
The late-term abortion bill passed in the state of New York recently, which Cuomo flaunted the bill’s passing by having the World Trade Center lit up in pink.
As IJR Red reported, during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump called for Congress to “pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life,” he added. “And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth — all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”