Last week, anti-Life failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent out a public thank you to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo demonstrating how out of touch the anti-Life elites are. In the Memorial Day tweet, which failed to commemorate the fallen service members for whom Memorial Day is reserved, Clinton expressed her regret for not being able to attend a parade with her political pals in New York due to restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Despite her disappointment, Clinton said she was “feeling grateful to leaders like @NYGovCuomo for making responsible decisions to keep people safe.”
Clinton’s sentiment ignores the carnage in New York state brought by Cuomo’s order to return COVID-19 patients to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Cuomo’s policy went into effect March 25 and was not rescinded until May 11 and mandated that nursing homes accept patients who tested positive for COVID-19. According to one commentator, “A recent analysis by the Associated Press showed that at least 4,300 of these patients were sent back following Cuomo’s March order, presumably thereafter infecting thousands of others.” The residents of nursing homes, whether elderly or disabled, are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, and exposing this at-risk population to the virus likely resulted in an untold number of unnecessary deaths.
Other pundits have noted that the actual number of deaths from COVID-19 cases in New York is likely much higher than the more than 5,000 estimated. This is because nursing home patients who were transferred to the hospital before dying from the disease were not counted in this number. Other sources are putting the number around at least 11,000 or 12,000 deaths in New York nursing homes. As one report noted, “Whatever the full number, nursing home administrators, residents’ advocates and relatives say it has added up to a big and indefensible problem for facilities that even Gov. Andrew Cuomo — the main proponent of the policy — called ‘the optimum feeding ground for this virus.’”
Cuomo has refused to apologize for the deadly policy. He has alternately attempted to blame the Pro-Life Trump administration for the order and the nursing homes themselves, which he previously said “don’t have the right to object.” Families whose loved ones died after being exposed to COVID-19 in nursing homes in the state are calling for a federal investigation. Despite having much larger populations, California and Florida have recorded much lower deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes, likely because they did not implement a policy of returning patients to nursing homes while still infected with the virus.
In the aftermath of the nearly two months of deadly mismanagement in New York, devastating stories are emerging of the men and women who died as a result of Cuomo’s negligence. While many anti-Life forces called for unnecessary and deadly rationing of care in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuomo and his cronies actively exposed vulnerable people to the virus. Still taking no responsibility for the loss of life, Cuomo, who claimed “a human life is priceless. Period,” continues to show blatant hypocrisy.
The elderly and medically vulnerable are not the only people at risk in New York state thanks to Cuomo. Lest we forget, Cuomo signed into law some of the most extreme anti-Life abortion legislation in the nation, allowing elective abortion for virtually any reason up to birth and removing all Pro-Life protections for preborn babies. In addition to signing this inhumane bill into law, Cuomo joined his celebrity friends and Planned Parenthood cronies in lighting One World Trade Center in pink to “celebrate” the killing of the preborn.Given Cuomo’s track record of endangering human Life in New York, glowing praise from Clinton, the most anti-Life presidential candidate in our nation’s history, comes as no surprise. While Cuomo and Clinton pat each other on the back and bask in the endorsement of America’s biggest abortion business Planned Parenthood, the families of New Yorkers who died in nursing homes search for answers and await justice.