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Roman Catholic lay leaders on Thursday demanded that Cardinal Timothy Dolan excommunicate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing a state law that allows abortion until birth.

The demand followed an open letter by church leaders condemning Cuomo’s support of the Reproductive Health Act, which was condemned as “barbarism” by Dr. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk and the James Dobson Family Institute..

According to the Daily Caller, the church leaders rejected Cuomo’s idea that the law is in any way “progress.”

“This is not progress. Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death,” the bishops said, according to Life Site News

“If we Catholics really believe what we say when we talk about heaven, hell, and the dignity of the unborn, @CardinalDolan should, after exhausting all other means of correction, excommunicate @andrewcuomo,” wrote Matthew Schmitz.

The bishops wrote, “We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak.”

WND reported Dobson, a conservative Christian author, radio broadcaster and family counselor, called the law “pure barbarism on a scale rarely seen since the Middle Ages.”

The law allows abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, up to the very moment of birth, for almost any reason.

Dobson, who has written dozens of books, counseled multiple presidents and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008, said: “It is not overstating the matter to say I am horrified by the New York State Senate’s vote to pass the euphemistic Reproductive Health Act (RHA). This bill is not about reproductive health at all. It is pure barbarism on a scale rarely seen since the Middle Ages.

“This legislation expands upon New York’s already liberal abortion laws, which allow for on demand abortion up until 24 weeks. The RHA’s main aim is to justify abortions throughout a pregnancy’s entire term based on the overly broad exceptions defined in Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, including such subjective measures as a woman’s emotional and psychological wellbeing. Late term abortions had only previously been authorized in New York if done to save the life of the mother.”

He said New York already was considered the abortion capital of the nation, but this bill “also allows non-physicians to commit abortions, and decriminalizes abortion by moving it from the criminal code to the public-health code.”

“New York is symbolically doubling-down on the killing of the unborn on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, casting an even darker shadow on a date already shrouded in tragedy and the loss of innocent life,” he said.

Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, which has done undercover video investigations revealing the misbehavior of abortion-industry players, warned: “Convicted criminals aren’t subjected to the death penalty in New York state, but now children up until the ninth month of pregnancy can be given lethal injections and poisoned to death. This is no different than infanticide.”

She pointed out that pro-lifers in the state had fought successfully against the plan.

“But the November election put pro-abortion Democrats in control of both state houses, and Democrat politicians have made abortion on demand a priority. While the pro-abortion zealots in New York have won this battle, they will ultimately lose the war on abortion,” she said.

“New York’s law is barbaric and inhumane and rejects modern science and medical advancements that reveal the development and humanity of life in the womb. Millions of Americans are waking up to the barbaric reality of abortion and rejecting it. A recent Marist poll showed 75 percent of Americans believe abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes 61 percent of those who identify as pro-choice, 60 percent of Democrats, and 78 percent of independents,” she said.

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