New York’s Reproductive Health Act Endangers the Lives of Women

For immediate release: January 24, 2019

Contact: Deborah M. Piroch


(Front Royal, VA)

If anyone does the will of My Father, Who is in Heaven, he is my brother, and sister and mother. (Matthew 12:50)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proudly signed New York’s Reproductive Health Act on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  It allows legalized killing of the unborn child up to the day of birth, with no restrictions of any kind.  He also ordered the One World Trade Center building to be lit in pink, perhaps to celebrate all the girls that will now be aborted in the name of “reproductive freedom.”  Perhaps he could have chosen both pink and blue to drive this point further home.

Deborah Piroch, Director of PR for HLI said that: “Make no mistake, women will die as a result of this law.  As a woman and the daughter of an internist with a subspecialty in cardiology, may I ask where the feminist lobby is now?  There are already deaths every year from legal abortions at the hands of medical doctors, and New York now permits non-physicians to do this procedure? Every state has an obligation to honor and protect both women and the unborn.  Abortion is not now nor will it ever be a ‘right.’  As it stands now, eight months after your baby’s heart begins to beat, it can be stopped in a dirty New York Planned Parenthood Clinic for the most trivial of reasons, since the term “health” includes social and economic reasons such as embarrassment or a desire to continue an education. We should all be outraged.”

Do not be deceived. Mr. Cuomo loves to remind the public about his time as an altar boy as a young Catholic.  Unfortunately, he seems to have forgotten what Catholicism teaches. So grievous a sin is the taking of human life, universal doctrine proclaims anyone complicit in abortion is under automatic excommunication. This means he is in a state of grievous sin and, without repentance, beyond hope of redemption.

We frequently hear the euphemism ‘I am Catholic but do not believe I should force my beliefs on others.’ So, you personally are against killing? Very noble. Still, you believe it is okay for others to murder? The late Cardinal O’Connor of New York spoke poignantly to this very topic:

The Church recognizes that many hardships can occur with a pregnancy. But there is a fundamental principle which must always prevail: The end never justifies the means if the means are evil. In other words, no matter how difficult the alternatives, they cannot justify the direct killing of an innocent human being. What kind of world would it be if we were not faithful to that principle? Where would the killing stop?

Perhaps the Governor might recall the late Cardinal. We pray that his intercessions will lead to a change of heart among New York’s legislators.



About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.


  1. B. Nathaniel Sullivan on January 26, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Thank you for this article.

    You’ll want to correct your statement that Mario Cuomo signed the legislation. Andrew Cuomo is the governor of New York.

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  3. Daniel Del Plato on April 27, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    When it comes to the issue of Abortion America has a heart problem. You see we are all born with a sinful nature. In book of Galatians , chapter 5 it describes the works of the fallen nature and one is murder! Nothing in the world 🌎 can can this nature and it’s works can be so despicable! Look at Nazi Germany, Stalin in Russia and sad to say America!
    You see I was an alter boy and studied the sciences. My
    attitudes was the unborn child was a piece of tissue and why not aborted it! It was February 6 th, 1978 at Fredonia State College that I had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Some call it Born Again , some call it a conversion ! The way for this to happen is best put by St Francis of Assisi! He preached resolved not to sin again!
    Invite the Spirit of Jesus Christ into your heart ❤! What happens the freedom from sin and self! Also, ask the Lord to baptize you with the Holy Spirit! With a change in heart 💖 the unborn child is a life! Scripture states before I formed you in the womb I knew you! Script states there was a man sent by God. Every child male or
    female is sent by God!
    Once hearts 💕 are changed we will see legislation changed! Have you been Born Again? Had a conversation? Do so now! Invite Jesus Christ into your heart and ask the Lord for the Holy Spirit! Then read your Bible, attend church, pray( it moves the had that controls the galaxies and confess your sins and when you sin to the Lord for forgiveness. Than as a great saint Padre Pio told believers to get involved in politics and save souls . Then will we see abortions stop! If anyone reading this is planning to get an abortion give me the child!

    • HLI Staff on May 1, 2019 at 9:12 AM

      We thank you for your witness for Life! We would respectfully suggest that though you may have been an altar boy, you may have been very young or poorly catechized if you were unaware that the Catholic Church opposes abortion. As for Catholic teaching on the born-again philosophy, Catholics are born again at the time of their baptism and embrace the fullness of Truth of Christ’s teaching. Again, we agree regarding Biblical foundations of Truth, the need for prayer and Mass attendance (not attending weekly is serious sin). We are curious about your Padre Pio mention, which we have never heard however; in fact, for three years he did not say Mass in public while being investigated out of obedience. One addition: we also believe until contraception mentality changes, which has an abortifacient aspect, abortion will continue to be accepted (witness the great encyclical of Pope Paul VI). Let us unite in prayer to protect Life from conception till natural death!

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