NEW YORK — One World Trade Center, the site where nearly 3,000 Americans were killed by terrorists in 2001, was ordered by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be lit pink on Tuesday night to celebrate the passage and signing of a bill that not only codifies, but also expands abortion access in the state. New York law will now allow for the murder of the unborn until birth if the child is not expected to survive or if the pregnancy is deemed a threat to the health or life of the mother.
“The Reproductive Health Act is a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values,” Cuomo said in a statement. “In the face of a federal government intent on rolling back Roe v. Wade and women’s reproductive rights, I promised that we would enact this critical legislation within the first 30 days of the new session—and we got it done.”
“I am directing that New York’s landmarks be lit in pink to celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.”
Cuomo’s office posted photographos of One World Trade Center’s 400-foot spire lit in pink, as well as the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in Tarrytown, named after Andrew Cuomo’s late father. The Kosciuszko Bridge in Brooklyn and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany were also lit pink, as ordered by the governor.
The World Trade Center Memorial includes mention of the 11 unborn children who were killed on September 11, 2001.
As previously reported, Cuomo signed the abortion Act into law on Tuesday evening, holding a signing ceremony just hours after the legislation passed both the Senate and the Assembly.
Calling the issue a matter of women’s “equality,” he was joined on stage by Sarah Ragle Weddington, the attorney who had represented the Roe of Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, and presented her with an award for her “public service” prior to the signing. The signing was filled with smiles and laughter.
“In many ways, Sarah, what you did is what we as a collective try to do. You made such a difference in your life. You’ve been such an example for so many. Rarely has such a precedent been so powerful for so long,” Cuomo stated. “And they way you did it, taking on all the odds—you couldn’t write a better story or heroism or courage or leadership.”
“Sarah, that is such a beautiful public service. That is such a precedent that had driven laws all across the nation,” Cuomo remarked.
As previously reported, the Roe of Roe v. Wade, Norma McCorvey, admitted in her 1994 book “I Am Roe” that her case was a lie, outlining that she made up the claim that she had been raped at the advice of her feminist attorneys to make her effort more convincing.
McCorvey also never obtained an abortion, but put her daughter up for adoption and went on to become a vocal pro-life advocate, even going to court in an effort to overturn the ruling.
“I was persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie, to say that I was raped and needed an abortion. It was all a lie,” she said in one online video. “Since then, over 50 million babies have been murdered. I will take this burden to my grave.”
Cuomo mentioned McCorvey in his speech, but characterized her as a woman who was “forced” to give birth and give her child up for adoption.
He told those gathered that the event that he believed the Reproductive Health Act was necessary because he feared that Roe v. Wade would be overturned by the Supreme Court and that he needed to “protect our state.”
“Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry the pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion,” the legislation reads in part. “A health care practitioner … may perform an abortion when … the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”
The measure also removes protections for babies who survive attempted abortions and eliminates language from criminal statutes that would prosecute an individual for acts that result in the death of an unborn baby. Non-physicians, such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives, will additionally now be permitted to perform abortions.
Such is why the legislation has been deemed an abortion access expansion bill by pro-life groups, and not just codification.
“We should not be here in the first place. We should not have a federal government that is trying to roll back women’s rights,” Cuomo remarked. “This administration defies American evolution. We’re supposed to be moving forward. We’re supposed to be advancing. We’re supposed to live and learn. We’re supposed to be growing.”
As previously reported, Cuomo has blasted what he called “extreme conservative” politicians in his speeches, those who impose on the people by law “their view of what God says should be done.”
“They have their views and they’re going to impose their views on you,” he said in July. “They have their views about what religion is right and wrong, what lifestyle is right and wrong, what sexuality is right and wrong, who should be an immigrant and who’s right and who’s wrong. They have their views, and in a great act of hypocrisy, they are going to use the federal government to impose those views on you.”
In addition to the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, Cuomo has called for the presentation of a ballot initiative that would codify what he called “a woman’s right to control her own body” in the New York Constitution. The constitutional amendment would be in addition to the legislation that he signed Tuesday evening, so as to prevent any efforts by future leadership to restrict or do away with abortion in the state.
Cuomo’s order to light New York’s landmarks in celebration of the passage of the Act was met with grief and sorrow, including one man who created an image showing the pink as the blood of the unborn running down the tower.
“As New York glories in their shame, we should realize more clearly the battle between good and evil,” Loren Slabaugh wrote to social media. “Even as the sight of smoke ascending from Baal’s altars must have stirred Elijah to pray earnestly and seek the face of God, even so we must realize that this battle against evil belongs to the Lord and to those who trust in Him with their whole heart. May God give us wisdom to pray effectually and strategically.”
Proverbs 16:12 declares, “It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.”
Proverbs 6:17 also notes that “the Lord … hates hands that shed innocent blood.”
2 Kings 21:16 laments, “Moreover, Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.”