After the death of Governor Mario Cuomo of New York this past week, the press was reporting on his controversial stand on abortion, even though he claimed to be a faithful Catholic. His response was that, although he personally opposed abortion, he would not make a law banning it. This is the position of liberal Catholics and Christians. This position is also the most senseless, illogical and mind-bending position that shreds any sense of logic. Cuomo defends his position by claiming that his pro-choice supporters are the same people who do the “social justice” that the Catholic Church promotes. What? As long as you do some good, you can do some bad and it’s ok? By that measure Hitler did some good too. He revived Germany from a defeated, starving nation to a booming economy; do we forgive him for the evil that he did then?
The magazine, First Things, has a fine piece on Cuomo’s position on abortion. Cuomo is apologetic about his position, stating “that as a legislator he was not responsible for passing laws to protect those lives. In an address at the University of Notre Dame, he said: “What is ideally desirable isn’t always feasible, that there can be different political approaches to abortion besides unyielding adherence to an absolute prohibition.” This is pure gobbledygook. It makes no sense. By this logic you could say that although murder is wrong, I would not want to legislate against it, because there are people out there who don’t think that murder is wrong, that it’s just “women’s health.” Legislation is all about making value and moral judgements. Why do we have a law against drunk driving? After all, many people enjoy drinking. The piece on First Things debunks this reasoning in detail and is well worth reading. Click here to read it.