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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The governor of Rhode Island supports abortion up to birth, despite calling herself a Catholic. She's being joined by multiple other governors who are now mulling legalizing late-term abortion, after New York passed the most radical abortion law in the history of the United States.
Governor Gina Raimondo, who identifies as a Catholic, is pushing a radical bill that will allow for abortion up to birth. The proposed policy would strip away even the slightest protections for preborn babies.
In response to the push for abortion, one Rhode Island mother started protesting for the right to life. She sent mail to the governor with an ultrasound and a picture of her baby, captioning it: "Me. Still Me."
Rhode Island is not alone. After the state of New York passed a radical abortion bill into law, state lawmakers around the country are tossing around similar bills.
Democrats in Virginia, meanwhile, are trying to legalize abortion up to birth. A video clip from proceedings Monday in the Virginia House of Delegates shows Democrat Kathy Tran admitting that the bill would allow a pregnant woman to request an abortion as late as when she is about to go into labor.
Virginia House Democrats propose legislation to allow abortions up until the moment of birth— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 29, 2019
Todd Gilbert (R): Where it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth...would that be a point at which she could still request an abortion?
Kathy Tran (D): My bill would allow that, yes pic.twitter.com/UHgzU3EGDA
Tran deleted her social media presence recently, apparently amid backlash to her proposed legislation.
The bill that Tran sponsored is called the Repeal Act. It proposes repealing state laws that limit abortion during the third trimester.
Kentucky's GOP governor, Matt Bevin, commented on Twitter, "First New York, and now a proposed Virginia bill that would legalize abortion up to the moment of birth. This is a sad commentary on the culture of death that continues to creep insidiously into the laws of our county."
In New Mexico, pro-abortion lawmakers are pushing to repeal an old pro-life law that pre-dated Roe v. Wade. The way things stand now, that law would go back into effect if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned, making abortion punishable under law in almost all cases. A new pro-abortion bill will replace the old law to ensure that abortion will still be legal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
Some opponents of the bill are worried that it will weaken conscience protections for pro-life medical personnel. Republican Gregg Schmedes, a surgeon and representative in the New Mexico House, told the Albuquerque Journal, "I just have a deep concern that we are taking the only explicit protection we have for individuals."
Even in Texas, there are efforts to copy New York state's radical new abortion law.
These state legislatures are following the lead of New York. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, was raised Catholic. Some faithful Catholics called for the bishops of New York to excommunicate Cuomo for signing the abortion bill into law.
Though he spoke out against the pro-abortion law, Cdl. Timothy Dolan of the New York archdiocese has said that he will not issue an excommunication against Cuomo, saying it "is not an appropriate response" and "should not be used as a weapon."
In contrast, both Bp. Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee and Bp. Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas have said that they support the idea of excommunicating Cuomo.