Catholic pundit John Horvat has written an impassioned and insightful article calling the new law for what it is: an act of unmitigated evil. He makes several good observations, not only pointing out the hideousness of the act itself, but the fiendish delight that the Whacko Left takes in what is essentially infanticide.
"All pretense of compassion or safety is now discarded. No one can claim that the unborn child is a mere collection of cells. There can be no doubt that the unborn child now cleared to be murdered can survive outside the mother’s womb. Pro-abortion advocates no longer apologetically declare that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. The law is a celebration of abortion at all stages, times and places. Abortion becomes for its advocates an almost religious act. The child must be sacrificed upon the bloody altar of reproductive “freedom.” The pro-abortion forces no longer hide the hideousness of the act, but proudly proclaim it. They no longer seem to fear being exposed for their savagery but revel in it."
Exactly. As we have often pointed out here, since the 2016 Election, the Left has thrown aside its masks and shown itself for the violent anarchists and cutthroats they really are; and have been all along. The trend really began manifesting itself during the 2nd half of the Obama Administration; but then the Radical Left had the camouflage of carrying out officially sanctioned policies. Horvat, too, notes this shift:
"This was not a reluctant vote but an enthusiastic one. The elected officials were aware of what they were doing and embraced it...What is so disconcerting about this act is that their perpetrators appear to take a macabre pleasure in it. They wildly applaud and congratulate themselves for their victory. They show no remorse for their decision, and in fact claim, it protects women’s lives and health. What makes this even more incomprehensible is that the characters involved are not all militant atheists, convinced socialists or radical liberals. Some claim to be religiously-inclined or even call themselves Catholic. They vote defying the Church, almost daring Church officials to take disciplinary action—which they know will not be taken."
Horvat is writing from the standpoint of Catholic Social Theory, and what he says is basically correct. However, the behavior of these officials is not incomprehensible in light of the science of Psychology. What has become apparent during the last two years is that the hatred the Left feels towards its political and social opposition has taken on a personal aspect. For example, a Liberal in 1968 may have seen the abortion issue in light of things like empowering women or curbing overpopulation. As wrong as those ideas were, they were still rooted in a paradigm of perceived Social Justice. The Liberal of 2018, however, sees the issue (and others like it) as some sort of personal statement. Hence both the barbarity of the New York law and the sadistic glee with which its supporters egged it on.
This is a direct consequence of decades of schools, media, and government promoting the insane notion that the personal is political. What we're really witnessing in these bizarre demonstrations by the Left are the actions of a generation weaned and raised upon that principle. To oppose abortion is no longer a politically debatable matter: the modern Liberal takes such opposition as a personal affront, whether the abortion issue effects them personally or not is irrelevant.
We've seen this same dynamic play out with Liberal hysterics over the Kavanaugh Confirmation; driving Conservatives out of public spaces, etc. Cuomo and his camarilla couldn't content themselves with state-sponsored abortions: they had to outdo every other state in their extremism. And the only reason for doing this was to prove a point. That point being to demonstrate that their Liberal credentials are of the highest order, and nothing else. Unsurprisingly, Liberal legislators elsewhere are scrambling to craft laws even more extreme than New York's. Horvat states that Liberalism has become like a religious cult; from the standpoint of Social Psychology, the Left is on a definite track towards becoming a political cult. And the worst thing we have to fear is a Robespierre, Mussolini, Hitler, or Pol Pot emerging on American soil who knows how to channel those social dynamics into a political movement.
As of this writing, we don't know whether a Constitutional challenge will be filed against the New York law. There appear to be several legitimate grounds for seeing the law overturned. Either way, we have to turn back these types of legislative rampages. Horvat sees clearly the outcome if we don't:
"For if even tiny fully formed infants about to be born are no longer safe from the butcher’s hand, no life is safe. If all pretense of compassion or ignorance is now discarded, there is no cruelty that cannot be openly conceived. Those souls who protest abortion will be the next targets of those who defy God. For as souls are unmasked in vice, they cannot endure the opposition of those who represent the rebuke of conscience. They will rage against those who call them to their duty, and demand brutal measures to silence them."