By Dorothy Cummings McLean
The Catholic leaders of New York state expressed “profound sadness” before the abortion-extremist Reproductive Health Act passed into law and decried the notion that it represents “progress.” But some Catholics are calling for a more robust episcopal response to the law.
“The bishops’ statement is welcome,” author John Zmirak told LifeSiteNews. “Sadly, it’s a day late and a dollar short.”
“For how long have ‘Catholic’ politicians who support laws like this been allowed to receive Holy Communion by New York bishops?” he asked.
Headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the ordinaries of the Catholic dioceses in New York released a letter on January 17th condemning the new Reproductive Health Act (RHA).
“Words are insufficient to describe the profound sadness we feel at the contemplated passage of New York State’s new proposed abortion policy,” their letter reads.
“We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak as a result.” (Full letter reprinted below.)
The bishops explained that the RHA is even more permissive than the current abortion law, allowing more health professionals to commit the procedure and removing all state restrictions on late-term abortions.
“With an abortion rate that is already double the national average,” they wrote, “New York law is moving in the wrong direction.”
The bishops renewed their promise to offer help to any women in a crisis pregnancy situation and to support her in having and raising her baby or to assist her in giving the baby to adopting parents.
“There are life-affirming choices available, and we aim to make them more widely known and accessible,” they asserted.