Challenge: Five Questions for Gov. Cuomo on Abortion

Chiaroscuro Foundation

Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




“The Governor is Decades Behind in the Abortion Conversation”


New York, Apr. 24…Governor Andrew Cuomo sharply departed from the views of a majority of  New Yorkers yesterday in defensively suggesting that New Yorkers are either “pro-choice or not pro-choice” — with no middle ground. The governor, a Catholic, made his remarks in response to questions about secretive legislation he’s been considering that could significantly increase the scope and number of abortions in New York, which is already known as the abortion capital of America.


“Under Governor Cuomo’s rigid viewpoint, there is no room for debate over third-term abortions; gender selection abortions; ‘half abortions’; non-doctor-performed abortions, or just the desire to reduce the number of abortions in New York,” said Meg McDonnell, spokeswoman for the Chiaroscuro Foundation, a New York-based organization seeking to reduce the number of abortions in New York and to educate pregnant New Yorkers about alternatives to abortion. “The governor is decades behind in the abortion conversation; most New Yorkers have deeply nuanced opinions on this issue. Chiaroscuro and others have been raising questions that Governor Cuomo frankly hasn’t had the courage to answer, and so we put a few to him again today.”

The Chiaroscuro Foundation challenged Governor Cuomo to answer “yes” or “no” on the following questions:


  • Are too many abortions occurring in New York every year?

  • Should there be any restrictions on third term abortions in New York?

  • Should late term abortions be allowed for purposes of gender selection?

  • Should late term “half abortions” be permitted, where one of two healthy fetuses is aborted because the parents don’t want twins? (See New York Times story.)

  • 60% of African American pregnancies are terminated in New York City. Is that a problem and should something be done about it?

A statewide survey commissioned by the Chiaroscuro Foundation in January showed that an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support sensible restrictions on abortions, with eighty percent (80%) opposing unlimited abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy and seventy-five percent (75%) opposing changes in current law so that someone other than a doctor can perform an abortion.


The entire survey, including crosstabs, is availablehere. Toplines are availablehere.

According to the survey:

  • A vast majority of New Yorkers believe (78.8%), when they are informed of the number of abortions in New York, believe there is already sufficient access to abortion in New York State.

  • 75% oppose changing the law so that someone other than a doctor can perform surgical abortions;

  • 89% oppose abortions for reducing twins or triplets to a single child, and

  • 92% oppose late-term abortions for sex selection.

New Yorkers favor of restrictions on abortion:

  • 87% favor providing pregnant mothers information about options before they make a decision;

  • 78% approve of a 24 hour waiting period;

  • 76% approve parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion;

  • 68% approve of providing free medical care to mothers carrying their pregnancy to term, and

  • 86% favor regulating abortion clinics as strictly as other medical facilities.

“This survey tells us that New York women want and deserve more choices, not more abortion,” Ms. McDonnell continued. “Governor Cuomo insults our intelligence when he tells us there is no room for debate.”



 Bazzo 04/24/13
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