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May 17, 2007
POLITICS: Eliot Spitzer's Pro-Abortion Zealotry

Most of you should be familiar by now with the Seven Stages of Liberal Legal Activism:

1. It's a free country, X should not be illegal.
2. The Constitution prohibits X from being made illegal.
3. If the Constitution protects a right to X, how can it be immoral? Anyone who disagrees is a bigot.
4. If X is a Constitutional right, how can we deny it to the poor? Taxpayer money must be given to people to get X.
5. The Constitution requires that taxpayer money be given to people to get X.
6. People who refuse to participate in X are criminals.
7. People who publicly disagree with X are criminals.

We have known since very early on in Eliot Spitzer's tenure in public office that he was a pro-abortion zealot who would stop at nothing to serve the financial interests of the abortion industry. The only question now is whether New York's Governor is at Stage Six or Stage Seven.

Read On...

Spitzer's relationship with the hard-left pro-abortion lobby goes way back:

A New York NARAL Political Action Committee brochure reads: "NARAL/NY was central to the narrow yet critical triumph by Eliot Spitzer in the race for Attorney General" in 1998. The brochure also quotes Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat, as saying that "NARAL/NY was instrumental in my victory."

Back in 2002, Spitzer conducted a thuggish investigation designed to intimidate crisis pregnancy centers:

Eliot Spitzer, the state attorney general . . . is conducting a civil investigation to determine whether they are practicing medicine without a license, and also whether they are intentionally misleading women into thinking they can obtain abortions at the centers. The attorney general's office subpoenaed the records of nine CPC operations, but withdrew them under protest and legal challenge by CPC lawyers, who are representing the money-strapped centers for free.


Anne Downey, who represents the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Western New York, says, "There certainly seems to be a political motivation" behind the attorney general's investigation: "We have never been given any specifics about this alleged violation at our center. We don't know if there's even a factual basis for this significant intrusion into our activities." Downey also complains that the investigators "keep coming back and narrowing what we are allowed to say"; for example, the attorney general wants CPCs to put up signs on their doors explicitly saying the centers are not abortion clinics.

In terms of political power, the struggle between abortion providers and CPCs is a mismatch. "In the city, there are about ten abortion providers for every crisis pregnancy center," says Peggy Hartshorne of Heartbeat International, a national pro-life organization. "There really is a gigantic need in New York City for more pregnancy centers. This whole campaign by the attorney general is designed to stop that."


What do CPCs do that so offends abortion-rights proponents? "The charade is that they provide alternatives, when they don't provide alternatives, they frighten women with horror films about abortion, they lie about the psychological impact of abortion; they have even been known to lie about whether a woman is pregnant," Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt told the Washington Post. Even worse, from the abortion-rights point of view, CPCs are getting savvier about employing ultrasound technology to "trick" pregnant women into having their babies instead of aborting them. An increasing number of CPCs offer sonograms for pregnant women who visit them-and they report that women, once they see their babies moving in their wombs, overwhelmingly choose to carry the pregnancy to term. Fumed one Long Island abortion provider in the New York Times: "The bottom line is no woman is going to want an abortion after she sees a sonogram."

As the NY Sun noted, the investigation was characteristically intrusive and costly:

The subpoenas, which demanded the names of staff members and their credentials, training materials, promotional information, and data on all policies relating to client referrals, created an onerous burden on these centers, which are nonprofit and funded by private donations.

More here. Yet, Spitzer refused to take action against an abortion clinic that did engage in deceptive practices, including "advertising in a section of The Yellow Pages that is solely reserved for organizations that do not provide abortions or references for abortions."

Unsurprisingly, Spitzer got an ethusiastic endorsement in 2006 from NARAL.

Now, in reaction to the Supreme Court upholding the bipartisan ban on partial-birth abortion - a ban so limited and moderate that it was supported by the last two leaders of Spitzer's own party in the Senate as well as numerous reliable Congressional liberals like Patrick Leahy, Joe Biden, John Dingell, Patrick Kennedy, Jack Murtha and David Obey - and the collapse of any further challenges to that ban in New York, Spitzer is rolling out the "Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act," which according to Spitzer will do the following:

*Affirmatively state that a woman has a fundamental right to control her own reproductive health *Establish protections for the rights ensured by Roe: that a pregnant woman has the right to an abortion at any time when her life or health are in danger *Ensure the continuation of public funding for reproductive health services *Decriminalize abortion in New York *Solidify in New York law the existing federal right to contraception and remove the statute that makes it a crime to provide non-prescription contraception to minors.

More here and here; Spitzer's wife stressed that "[a]t a time when the future of Roe is uncertain, states must ensure that their protections of reproductive rights are as robust as they can possibly be."

As if this were not enough, however, the New York State Catholic Conference notes that the bill quietly goes much further:

The Governor’s bill would:

• Force Catholic hospitals to allow abortions;
• Force all insurance plans, including those of Catholic employers, to cover abortion;
• Legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, for virtually any reason;
• Make abortion immune from any reasonable state regulation such as parental notification, informed consent, or restrictions on taxpayer funding;
• Repeal current law that requires doctors to perform abortions and allow any "health care practitioner" to provide it.

(I'm quoting from a NYSCC email, portions of which are also reprinted here).

It's time for the New York State Senate to stand up against Spitzer's extremism. And it's also time for New York's two leading presidential candidates to weigh in. Hillary Clinton happily took Spitzer's endorsement; is she willing to publicly embrace Spitzer's extremism on this issue? And Rudy Giuliani has struggled to convince pro-lifers that his longstanding support for legal abortion, donations to Planned Parenthood and acceptance of honors from NARAL doesn't amount to the kind of pro-abortion stance that Democrats like Spitzer have taken; now is his chance to put some substance to that effort.

Spitzer is outside the mainstream, even in New York. He must be stopped.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:06 PM | Politics 2007 • | Politics 2008 | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

He must be stopped? Good luck finding a Republican challenger in New York.

Posted by: steve at May 17, 2007 7:56 PM

You sure have them pegged! Well done!

Posted by: Leticia at May 17, 2007 9:37 PM

You sure have them pegged! Well done!

Posted by: Leticia at May 17, 2007 9:37 PM

a pro-abortion zealot who would stop at nothing to serve the financial interests of the abortion industry


An uncharacteristically overheated sentence from you, Crank. I'm surprised, seriously. I know you're anti-abortion, and that's fine. But the language choice you've used:

a pro-abortion zealot

Is he walking around, cornering pregnant woman, and to paraphrase MacBeth, from the womb untimely ripping their fetuses?

financial interests of the abortion industry

The international megacorporations that sell in chain stores across the globe the untimely ripped fetuses that Spitzer gives them? Or do these fetuses trade on the NASDAQ?

I hate to see you joining the ~28%, Crank. I'm not joking. I've always liked coming here to read someone intelligently and thoughtfully address Conservative issues. But since last November, everyone on the right seems to be losing his grip.

Please don't follow down that road. We may end up seeing you rooting for the Yankees at this rate!

Posted by: Mike at May 18, 2007 8:16 AM

I admit that Spitzer gets to me much more than most Dems, but the specific issue that convinced me that he was no mere "pro-choicer" was his assault on the crisis pregnancy centers, which is a simple matter of trying to eliminate the competition for the clinics. The current bill confirms that he is willing to use the coercive power of the state to squeeze out anyone remaining in the medical profession who won't go along with his views on abortion. That's plenty extreme and shows a complete intolerance for moral dissent.

Posted by: The Crank at May 18, 2007 9:20 AM

Steve - You can stop legislation by other means than elections. New York still has a state legislature, and they still get a say.

Posted by: The Crank at May 18, 2007 9:23 AM

Crank, I think you really dislike Spitzer for the same reason we all do. He is simply an unlikable SOB. Our state legislature is a joke. The only leader there I ever liked was Bruno.

I have no idea who is coming down the pike in 4 years in Albany, but I think I want to see Ray Kelly gear up for a mayoral race. New York City has enjoyed what will be 16 years of commons sense rule, and we don't want to see that end.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at May 18, 2007 2:15 PM

Aw, won't somebody think of the poor widdle fetuses?

Your political views are retarded, Crank. Always have been.

Posted by: Ed Kingman at May 18, 2007 8:39 PM

I don't like Spitzer either. You'll find no defenses of him from this corner.

He's a self-aggrandizing busy-body, riding a "tough guy lawyer" reputation to personal glory . . . just like that other NY tough guy US attorney I had to live under back in the 90s.

Posted by: Mike at May 19, 2007 10:56 AM

LOL.....Spitzer replaces Bill Clinton as the proverbial root of all evil doer for the delusional right wing ?

Du Dah, Do Dah.....barking dogs and honking horns !

Posted by: Frank at May 19, 2007 9:22 PM
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