Religion: Bishops, Politicians and the Abortion Crisis

As if street crime and the plight of the homeless were not enough, New Yorkers now have something really big to worry about: Is Mario Cuomo going to hell? From his Albany County jail cell, where he had been serving ten days for taking part in a militant antiabortion protest, Auxiliary Bishop Austin Vaughan of New York recently warned that the state's Democratic Governor "is in danger of going to hell if he dies tonight" unless he changed his stance on abortion. Cuomo, a Roman Catholic, accepts his church's teaching that abortion is wrong. But he argues that it would be...

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