Newsbreak February 28 2013
On my mind this month...
Newspapers are filled with stories of states seeking to restrict abortion with new laws limiting access to clinics, ultrasound requirements, personhood amendments and 20-24 week limitations on allowing abortion procedures. Contrary to the trend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to propose legislation that would guarantee women in New York the right to late-term abortions when their health is in danger or the fetus is not viable. Abortion rights advocates are pleased with Mr. Cuomo’s plan, but the Roman Catholic Church and anti-abortion groups are distressed. “I am hard pressed to think of a piece of legislation that is less needed or more harmful than this one,” the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, wrote in a letter to Mr. Cuomo. National abortion rights groups have been trying for many years to persuade state legislatures to adopt laws guaranteeing abortion rights as a backup to Roe v. Wade. Only seven states have such laws in effect. When asked why the Governor is doing this now, a senior Cuomo administration official said, “Why are we doing this? The Supreme Court could change.” (NYTimes 2/16/2013)
Separation of Religion and State
On February 13, the House of Representatives passed, 354-72, HR 592, the bill stipulates that houses of worship are eligible for certain federal disaster relief and emergency assistance on terms equal to other eligible private nonprofit facilities.
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