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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the passage of an abortion bill that legalizes abortion up until the point of birth in many cases to the applause of progressives, but angered many religious leaders, especially in the Democratic governor’s own professed Catholic faith.
Now, some Catholic leaders are calling for him to be excommunicated from the church.
Cuomo held a public signing of the bill minutes after the “Reproductive Health Act” passed, moving abortion from the state criminal statute to the health code. The new law allows non-doctors to perform the procedure and allows for abortions up to the point of birth if the life or health of the mother is deemed at risk or the baby is not viable. The governor especially angered opponents when he ordered that landmarks in the state, including One World Trade Center, be lit pink in celebration.
“It goes way beyond Roe v. Wade in so many ways, so I don’t see it as something to celebrate,” Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger told “Fox & Friends” Saturday. “The kind of procedures that are now available in New York state, we wouldn’t even do to a dog or a cat…It’s torture.”