"Gov. Cuomo's message to pro-life New Yorkers is loud and clear: The abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood trumps the lives of the unborn, and anyone who disagrees will be forced to bow to the state's orthodoxy by force of law," Connelly said.
A spokesman for Gov. Cuomo told CNA that the governor "enacted the law to ensure employers cannot discriminate or interfere in the personal medical and reproductive health care decisions of employees, and we will vigorously defend the law and the important protections it provides to all New Yorkers."
The spokesman called the lawsuit "frivolous and quite frankly ridiculous, and we expect it to be dismissed by the court."
Cuomo, a Catholic, has signed into law a series of pro-abortion bills in 2019, of which SB 660 is the latest.
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the state legislature passed-and Gov. Cuomo signed-the Reproductive Health Act (SB 240) to applause from observers in the gallery. The law granted almost unlimited access to abortion in New York.
The law codified Roe to keep abortion legal if the decision is overturned by the Supreme Court, and allowed abortions after 24 weeks gestation in cases of a lack of "fetal viability" or when the mother's health is at risk-a broad exemption that critics said could allow for many abortions-on-demand up until the birth of the child.
Doctors would not have conscience rights to object to performing abortions, and abortions could be performed by non-doctors under the law, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York noted after the law's passage.
Albany bishop Edward Scharfenberger warned that Catholic legislators' support for the bill "threatens to rupture" their "communion" with the Church, and separately wrote Gov. Cuomo that "[a]lthough in your recent State of the State address you cited your Catholic faith and said we should 'stand with Pope Francis,' your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church."
This year, Cuomo also signed a law requiring contraceptive and abortifacient coverage in employee health plans.