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New York’s Cardinal Dolan appalled by Cuomo abortion plan

Catholic World News - January 10, 2013

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has decried a proposal by the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to expand access to abortion, saying that the measure would likely increase New York’s abortion rate, which is already “scandalous.”

“I am hard pressed to think of a piece of legislation that is less needed or more harmful than this one,” Cardinal Dolan said in a letter to the governor. He pointed out that New York’s abortion rate is double the national average, with 4 of every 10 pregnancies ending in abortion; the rate is much higher still in New York City, surpassing 60% in some neighborhoods.

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  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 11, 2013 10:29 AM ET USA

    Cuomo is testing the political waters for 2016. The Cardinal better have a long-term strategy on a national scale instead of playing "small ball".

  • Posted by: dagbat - Jan. 11, 2013 12:41 AM ET USA

    It is wonderful that Cardinal Dolan is publically expressing his displeasure with Governor Cuomo’s abortion proposal but the Cardinal needs go much further than voicing words of concern or sending complaint letters (that many will perceive as merely political posturing motions). As the major Cardinal in the United States and the leader of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Dolan has a golden opportunity to drive the abortion issue to the forefront of people’s consciousness and to clearly articulate the position of the Catholic Church in America on this hideously inhuman issue - that abortion is MURDER and an affront to God and the sanctity of life. Also to state clearly (for the first time) the moral consequences to Catholics who in defiance publically support or foster abortion - that they will be committing a SERIOUS SIN against God and the Catholic Church and will NO LONGER BE RECOGNIZED AS CATHOLICS IN GOOD STANDING and DISALLOWED FROM RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION and all other sacraments.

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