New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said that no life is "expendable" or "disposable" in the battle against the coronavirus, a view that Rev. Franklin Graham applauded. However, given that Cuomo signed into law a bill allowing unrestricted abortion, Graham said the governor should consider his statements in light of the millions of lives lost by abortion.
In a March 24 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "In a news conference today NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said, 'My mother is not expendable, and your mother is not expendable and our brothers and sisters are not expendable, and we’re not going to accept a premise that human life is disposable, and we’re not gonna put a dollar figure on human life. The first order of business is save lives, period. Whatever it costs.'" (Emphasis added.)
"I agree with Gov. Cuomo on the high value of life and applaud his efforts to defend lives from the coronavirus," said Rev. Graham. "Yet he signed a law that legalizes abortion up to birth for nearly any reason."
"I respectfully urge the governor to consider his statements today in light of the millions of innocent lives taken by abortion," said the reverend.
"In 2017 alone, 105,380 babies lost their lives by abortion in New York," he added. "Human life is not expendable, and we should work to save it -- from womb to tomb."
On Jan. 22, 2019, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Gov. Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. The legislation essentially codifies the Roe decision into state law and allows unrestricted abortion, even up to the moment of birth.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 105,380 abortions in New York in 2017.
Also, in 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, based on data from the CDC and the Guttmacher Institute, there were 862,320 abortions in the United States in 2017. Since 1973, when abortion was legalized nationwide, an estimated 61,628,584 abortions have occurred in the United States.