The Catholic Church has rejected calls to excommunicate New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after he pushed through a radical abortion bill legalizing terminations up to birth.
The controversial Reproductive Health Act removes abortion from the state criminal statute and instead moves it to the health code.
It allows pregnancies to be terminated up to the point of birth if the baby is not deemed viable or if the mother’s health is at risk.
Under the terms of the bill, doctors are also no longer required to save the life of a baby that has survived a botched abortion.
Cuomo further angered pro-lifers when he ordered that major landmarks in New York City, including One World Trade Center, be lit up pink in celebration of the Act’s passing.
‘The Reproductive Health Act is a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values,’ said Cuomo.
‘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.’
The change to the law has led to calls for Cuomo, a Catholic, to be excommunicated.
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