The #ReproductiveHealthAct is now law in New York State. We lit the spire pink to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/dJbZqvWefV— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2019
Today I signed the #ReproductiveHealthAct — codifying Roe v. Wade into state law and protecting women's reproductive rights no matter what the federal government does.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 23, 2019
This is a victory for all New Yorkers. pic.twitter.com/90oMDDnCwV
Now, whatever you may think of the theological story Governor Cuomo tells himself to justify going against the clear teaching of the Church (and I don't think much of it), there is also the matter of what it means to so publicly spike the football in the face of one's co-religionists.
Because, when it suits him, Gov. Cuomo still leans into his Catholic identity, as he does here on an issue in which both the Church and I agree with him:
The death penalty is morally indefensible and has no place in the 21st century. Today, in solidarity with @pontifex and in honor of my father, I will be advancing legislation to remove the death penalty from State law once and for all. https://t.co/BxFvym4YTB— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 2, 2018
So, Gov. Cuomo must realize that many of his constituents (to say nothing of the unborn ones), this Act is something less than a victory.
But what is his tone? Is it a somber allowance for the harsh realities of the world? No, it's a "celebration." Light up the biggest building in the city. Act like there is no legitimate opposition, and that any opposition must be based on misogyny.
This drives us apart every bit as much as President Trump's rhetoric. And the next time Gov Cuomo invokes the Holy Father to support his policy, he may find it doesn't work quite as well.
If Governor Cuomo's conscience compels him to expand access to abortion, I guess I can't tell him it's not. But I can tell him that the way he is going about doing so is tearing his Church and his country apart.
I hope he cares.