The state of New York recently passed a law to the sound of applause that made it legal for fully developed babies to be killed in the womb via lethal injection. It’s one of the more disgusting and heartbreaking events seen in the past decade, that even featured New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordering the World Trade Center to be lit up pink in celebration.
A bevy of articles and tweets expressing outrage and sadness flooded the internet but one caught my attention this morning by the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, who brought up the fact that while New York politicians are proud of themselves for passing such a macabre and disgusting law, the state has been proudly death penalty free for years.
Sure enough, a rundown at statelaws.com of the history of New York and its dealings with the death penalty:
New York no longer has the death penalty, which was abolished in 2007 (the state actually has abolished and reinstated capital punishment multiple times in its history).
The state stopped all executions in 1984, 11 years after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the practice. It was again reinstated by Governor George Pataki in 1995, using lethal injection as the means of execution. But executions were halted after the New York Court of Appeals found it unconstitutional.
The statute was changed in 2007, officially prohibiting the death penalty. Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole became New York’s stiffest penalty after capital punishment was abolished.
Why did they abolish the death penalty?
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo “it’s morally indefensible.”
“The death penalty is morally indefensible and has no place in the 21st century,” tweeted Cuomo in 2018. “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.”
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
Cuomo even called the death penalty an “ugly stain in our history” in a press release.
Democrats seem to believe that it’s morally indefensible to put rapists and murderers to death, but will give a standing ovation to the painful deaths of fully formed babies in the womb, considering a “progressive” step in the fight for “women’s health.”
Mercy for those who commit evil, none for the innocent.
The disgust you feel about this decision from New York lawmakers only doubles as Walsh describes the process of lethally injecting a child as explained by a former abortionist:
Just to drive home the point, here is how a late-term abortion — the kind of abortion just legalized in New York — is carried out: as it has been explained by a former abortionist, the baby is injected with a poison directly into his skull or torso. He then suffers a hideously painful death, which he will certainly feel because of his developed nervous system. The mother carries the corpse around in her womb for a day. The next day, there is an ultrasound to check if the baby is dead. If he isn’t — if he has been writhing and suffering in agony for the past 24 hours, clinging onto life — then he will be injected again. The following day, the mother delivers her dead child. Sometimes she delivers him at the clinic, but if she can’t make it on time, the clinic is perfectly happy to recommend that she give birth into her toilet.
Horror movies rarely get this dark.
I should note that I’m not for the death penalty either as it comes with far more financial and moral complications than it does solutions, but the fact that New York’s Democratic leaders recognize the killing of the worst criminals as morally indefensible while celebrating the painful deaths of fully developed children in the womb as if they just won a great war is a look at how lost the left has become.
I pray that this horrific law is reversed, and soon.