Larry Provost

Yesterday was the 2014 March for Life. The diversity of the crowd shows why leftist New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was petty, silly, and prejudicial in saying that pro-lifers were “extreme conservatives.”

The 2014 March for Life, http://marchforlife.org/ was one of the largest gatherings of life so far in the movement’s history. Yet, Governor Cuomo decided to mark the week up to the March for Life by denouncing pro lifers by saying they have “no place in the state of New York.”

Years ago a nation’s sympathy was aroused for New York; my home state. Divisive comments such as that held by the current Governor squander the good will that non-New Yorkers, a majority of whom are pro-life, have towards the Empire State.

Governor Cuomo, being the in touch politician he is, derided those who may have religious or even non religious objections to abortion, i.e. the pro-lifers. As such people have no place in New York State, perhaps they should join the masses of New Yorkers who have already moved to sunnier pastures due to high taxes, regulation, the strictest gun laws in the country, and pettiness amongst New York politicians.

Two signs stood out amongst the thousands seen yesterday. Chelsea Patterson held up a sign that said adoption a better alternative to abortion and that it saved lives. Her sign closed by saying “It (adoption) saved mine.” There was another sign that was held up by someone who was born because their mother was raped. That person’s sign was also thankful for life, despite being born in the toughest of circumstances.

While there are varying degrees of the pro life movement, it is far better to embrace a movement that celebrates life and believes that all children are special as opposed to a politician such as Cuomo who supports the abhorrent procedure of late term abortion.

This is the most pro life generation in history even if it is not the most traditionally religiously observant generation. The movement will not end but will grow. If Cuomo is correct that pro lifers are extremist conservatives, than liberal NY Republicans such as Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javits, Kenneth Keating and Fiorello LaGuardia were merely conservative in his book. The absurdity of Cuomo’s worldview shows why New York is losing electoral votes in every census. He wants reelection, as he drives all others out.


Larry Provost

Larry Provost currently works at The American Legion in the National Security and Foreign Relations Division.