He stabbed her in the stomach because he wanted to kill the baby he fathered (some news stories say she was 14 weeks pregnant and others put the figure at 20 weeks). The pregnant woman shouted, “He’s got a knife. He’s going to kill the baby!”
Hobson killed both the woman and her baby. He was immediately charged with two crimes, but the charge for killing her baby was subsequently dropped: it was noted that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new abortion law provides no penalties for the killing of unborn children; abortion was removed from the criminal code and inserted into the public health law. Cuomo has not commented on what he has wrought.
The Albany lawmaker who sponsored the bill that Cuomo lobbied for, State Sen. Liz Krueger, and her colleague in the senate, Anna Kaplan, authored an article in the Times Union that disagrees with the Queens prosecutor’s interpretation of the law. They say there is nothing in the law that prevents any prosecutor from charging someone like Hobson for a crime. They say Hobson could be prosecuted for first-degree assault, a sentence that is harsher than the previous sentence for “unlawful abortion.”
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Who’s got the better of the argument? The only way to settle this is to have clarity, and that means a new statute needs to be written that addresses this issue. We are calling on Sen. Krueger to work with other lawmakers, in both chambers, to draft legislation that makes it a crime to murder the baby of a pregnant woman.
LifeNews Note: Bill Donohue is the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
Amy Klobuchar Supports Abortion Up to Birth, Voted Pro-Abortion 36 Out of 36 Times
Amy Klobuchar has put together an extreme and uncompromising record on abortion during her 12 years in the U.S. Senate, according to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the state’s largest pro-life organization.
Klobuchar announced yesterday that she is running for president of the United States.
“Sen. Klobuchar has cultivated an image that has made her popular among many Minnesotans,” says MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “But her views on abortion and unborn children are decidedly out-of-step with the views of most Minnesotans and most Americans.”
Klobuchar has never voted for a pro-life bill or for a restriction on abortion, no matter how modest, earning a zero percent pro-life voting record (zero pro-life votes out of 36 chances), according to National Right to Life. Klobuchar voted for taxpayer funding of elective abortions and taxpayer funding of the abortion industry. She voted to fund groups overseas that perform or promote abortions. And she voted against protection for unborn children after 20 weeks (and thus in favor of abortion in the sixth month and later), when unborn children can feel pain as they are dismembered and killed through abortion.
Klobuchar also co-sponsored sweeping legislation that would have invalidated nearly all limits on abortion, at any stage of pregnancy.
“Klobuchar said in her announcement speech yesterday that ‘everyone matters,’” notes Fischbach. “But there’s one class of innocent human beings—the youngest and most vulnerable members of our human family—whom she thinks matter very little.”
Polls consistently show that Americans disagree with Klobuchar’s extreme position. A 2018 Gallup poll found only 28 percent of Americans think abortion should be generally legal in the second trimester of pregnancy, and only 13 percent think it should be generally legal in the third trimester. A 2019 Marist poll determined that, even among Klobuchar’s fellow Democrats, a majority of 60 percent think abortion should be limited to the first trimester or to rare cases, or not permitted at all.
The Marist poll also found widespread opposition to Klobuchar’s stances on specific legislation. It found that a majority of Americans support protecting unborn children after 20 weeks and oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions.
“Voters should know that Amy Klobuchar takes a no-limits approach to the killing of unborn children,” concludes Fischbach. “Both babies and their mothers deserve better than this.”
LifeNews.com Note: Paul Stark is a member of the staff of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, a statewide pro-life group.
Doctors Could Be Forced to Perform Abortions Under ‘Extreme’ N.M. BillThe New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would legalize unrestricted abortion up to the day of birth and would remove “conscience” protections for doctors and hospitals who don’t want to perform abortions.
The bill, HB 51, would repeal a 50-year-old law that predates Roe v. Wade and prohibited abortion except in cases of rape, incest, “grave” mental or physical or mental defects, and to save the mother’s life.
The bill passed the Democrat-controlled House, 40-29, and now heads to the Senate, also controlled by Democrats. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham supports it.
Pro-lifers say the bill has two problems: 1) It mirrors bills in New York and Virginia by removing all restrictions on abortion, and, 2) It rolls back a section of New Mexico law that protected doctors and hospitals. That section of New Mexico law reads: “This article does not require a hospital to admit any patient for the purposes of performing an abortion. ... A person who is a member of, or associated with, the staff of a hospital, or any employee of a hospital … and who objects to the justified medical termination on moral or religious grounds shall not be required to participate.”
House Minority Whip Rod Montoya, a Republicans, criticized supporters of the bill.
“You are perfectly willing to allow hospitals and medical practitioners … to refer or provide abortion services even if their conscience tells them they cannot do that?” he asked one supporter during floor debate, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The bill would repeal three sections of New Mexico law: 30-5-1, 30-5-2 and 30-5-3. All three sections pertain to abortion.
Supporters said the repeal is necessary in case Roe v. Wade and its companion decisions are overturned.
“This respects a woman’s personal decision to have an abortion,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary, a Democrat and a bill sponsor.
Elisa Martinez, executive director of New Mexico Alliance for Life, said the bill is more radical than those in other states.
“HB-51 is the most extreme bill in the nation,” Martinez told Fox News, “because it keeps elective abortion-up-to-birth, and also seeks to force medical professionals to participate in this practice by stripping away explicit conscience protections from the current statute.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Andrew Cuomo’s Approval Rating Hits a New Low After Signing Law for Abortions Up to Birth
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is paying the political price for signing into law legislation to legalize abortions up to birth. According to a new poll, Governor Cuomo’s standing with New York voters fell to a new low.
The Democratic governor’s favorability rating fell to 43 percent with 50 percent viewing him unfavorably, down from 51 percent to 43 percent last month, the lowest figures Siena recorded since Cuomo took office in 2011, the Albany-area polling institute said.
His job-performance rating also fell significantly: 35 percent said he was doing an “excellent” or “good” job, compared to 64 percent who said “fair” or “poor”. Last month, it was 43 percent and 56 percent, respectively.
“Now, for the first time ever, half of New Yorkers view Andrew Cuomo unfavorably. It’s his lowest favorability rating ever and his lowest-ever job performance as governor,” Steven Greenberg, a Siena College poll spokesman, said in a statement.
“And it is a dramatic drop in both ratings from last month.”
The New York law is an attack on unborn babies’ rights. It goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing unborn babies to be aborted even when the U.S. Supreme Court has said states may restrict abortions. Late-term abortions, which once were illegal in New York, will be allowed, and non-doctors will be allowed to perform them.
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The law also redefines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” and describes abortion as a “fundamental right.”
Cuomo celebrated the passage of the law in January by lighting up state landmarks in pink. But his abortion advocacy has been met with wide-spread public outrage and calls for him to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
And now, a New York man will not face any charges for allegedly killing an unborn baby as well as his pregnant girlfriend last week in a gristly murder case.
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