NOW IT’S clear: The agenda pushed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam with regards to Planned Parenthood is unlimited abortion, on demand and at taxpayer expense.
It also, evidently, involves targeting and attempting to silence people who are pro-life and doing the charitable work of reaching out to moms and babies in need.
But neither Gov. Cuomo, nor Gov. Northam, represents me or the rest of my generation.
According to a poll commissioned by Students for Life, only 7 percent of millennials agree with their unlimited abortion, on demand and at taxpayer expense agenda.
Furthermore, the poll found that “7 of 10 millennials support limits on abortion through specific policies like parental notification, limiting abortions later in pregnancy (such as five months’ gestation), and opposition to government funding of abortion.”
Cuomo’s campaign against life-saving pregnancy resource centers is an embarrassment to the state of New York and Catholics everywhere. Pregnancy resource centers serve hundreds of thousands of women a year. Depending on the center, they provide a range of services, including pregnancy testing, job counseling, and housing assistance. Many are even starting to offer STI testing & treatment.
But to Gov. Cuomo’s administration, “[Pregnancy resource centers] often use false and misleading advertising and offer free services to attract women into their offices, where they then allegedly misinform and mislead those who seek pregnancy-related information. These centers’ actions may interfere with New Yorkers’ constitutionally protected rights to seek reproductive health care and may endanger them by preventing them from receiving medically-accurate information.”
What? Pregnancy resource centers that offer free diapers and baby formula are interfering with someone’s right to an abortion?
Cuomo’s view on pregnancy resource centers, like his views on abortion, is out of touch with reality.
A 2014 poll conducted by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found broad support for places that offer free alternatives to women who are pregnant, which is what a pregnancy resource center does. For example, the poll found, “92 percent of women and 88 percent of men answered that they thought [PRCs] are “very necessary” or “fairly necessary.”
An administration that claims to support women and their choices should not be advocating to take away the choice of visiting a pregnancy resource center for help.
When I was in college, I volunteered at a maternity home, where housing and job placement, as well as spiritual and general counseling, were offered. Unlike Planned Parenthood, pro-life charities, such as pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes, actually help women and children in need.
Which brings us back to the central issue with Cuomo and Northam. They are living in a world where people are either passionately pro-life or passionately pro-choice.
But millennials, even those who self-identify as pro-choice, can hold pro-life views, such as supporting common-sense limits on abortion and accepting the right of pregnancy resource centers to exist.
Cuomo and Northam simply do not understand what most millennials want done on the issue of abortion. They are out of touch with the average young American. Millennials want limits on abortion, and they reject the idea that abortion should be available on-demand up until the moment of birth.
Gov. Northam does not represent me, no matter how many different faces he puts on. And Gov. Cuomo can light up as many buildings as he wants in New York pink, but he’ll never change the fact that he is putting his own political interests over what should be his primary goal as a politician—protecting the life and liberty of his citizens.
Neither of them speak for me.
Matt Lamb is the director of communications for the Fredericksburg-based Students for Life of America, which has more than 1,220 groups on college, university and high school campuses in all 50 states.