The centerpiece of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reelection campaign is the “Women’s Equality Party” and it’s “Women’s Equality Agenda.” Leading that agenda is an effort at enacting state laws expressly providing for a right to abortion, now provided by the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade.
Cuomo is Catholic. His religion and faith are not a central part of his public personalty, but he’s mentioned his Catholic faith several times in recent days while discussing his “Women’s Equality Agenda” and Rob Astorino’s opposition to abortion. (Astorino is also Catholic and, following church teaching on the subject, personally and politically opposes abortion.) Elected officials who are Catholic and support abortion rights have long faced a challenge in the divergence of their church and their politics, Mario Cuomo notably among them.
Politically, Cuomo is a fierce advocate for abortion rights. Today he spoke about elected officials distinguishing between personal beliefs and public policy. I asked him whether he personally follows the Catholic Church’s teaching opposing abortion.
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