How much is a human life worth?

By Tom Quiner

In the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, New Governor Andrew Cuomo repeatedly asserts:

“How much is a human life worth? That is the real discussion that no one is admitting, openly or freely. That we should. To me, I say the cost of a human life, a human life is priceless. Period.”

The governor’s rhetoric doesn’t square with his actions.

Anti-death penalty

On the one hand, he was quick to support Pope Francis’ revision to the Catholic Catechism that the death penalty is never morally permissible. Said Cuomo:

“The death penalty is morally indefensible and has no place in the 21st century. Today, in solidarity with @pontifex and in honor of my father, I will be advancing legislation to remove the death penalty from State law once and for all.”


On the other hand, he aggressively promoted and ultimately signed into law the dishonestly named Reproductive Health Act (RHA). The RHA essentially sanctions human abortion right up until the instant of delivery.

The good governor was so tickled by the passage of this anti-life law that he lit up the World Trade Center to celebrate and rub it in the faces of his dejected pro-life adversaries. At the same time, he snubbed the church that he so enthusiastically endorsed just a few months earlier:

“As a Roman Catholic, I am intimately familiar with the strongly held views of the church. Still, I do not believe that religious values should drive political positions.”

Because laws can be undone, the man who professes his belief in the pricelessness of human life wants the unfettered right to abort unborn humans enshrined in New York’s state constitution in case Roe v Wade is ever overturned.

In case you were wondering, New York state aborted 82,000 unborn humans in 2016; they aborted two-thousand after 20 weeks of being conceived; and nearly 6000 were ripped apart via dilation and evacuation abortions.

The Governor needs to explain the disconnect, as if any explanation is necessary.

Either he believes that unborn persons aren’t human, which flies in the face of both science and theology.

Or he believes that they are human, but less ‘priceless’ than convicted murderers.

Governor Cuomo talks out of both sides of his mouth. He is the worse type of hypocrite.

[This essay was originally published at Thanks for permission to re-publish it at Quiner’s Diner.]


  1. oarubio on May 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Another of our pro-death “Catholics,” Biden, Pelosi, Kaine, Sebelius, AOC…….

    • quinersdiner on May 8, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      So true, Tony. The ‘good’ governor is so misguided. Sadly, he misguides many impressionable people.

      • John R. Hugo on May 9, 2020 at 5:17 pm

        Great analysis of Andrew Cuomo.

      • John R. Hugo on May 9, 2020 at 5:17 pm

        Great analysis of Andrew Cuomo.

        • quinersdiner on May 9, 2020 at 6:25 pm

          John, thank-you. I’ll follow up with more next week.

  2. rawgod on May 9, 2020 at 7:13 am

    You hit the nail on the head when you called the fetuses “unborn humans.” Until they are born, they are not humans, but potential humans. Why do you never talk about stillborns?
    Approximately 0.6% of all births are stillborn. Without abortions that number would be higher. Also about 0.2% of mothers die in childbirth or during pregnancies. That number too would be higher without abortions.
    Another problem I have with anti-abortioists is that once a child is born, when it has become a verifiable human life, no one cares what happens to it. You just walk away, thinking your job is done. Well, it is 18 years away from being “done”! It doesn’t matter to you if a child has a proper family, a safe home, enough food to eat, or sufficient love to become a happy adult. You are hypocritical.
    I won’t even talk about your defence of the death penalty, except to say it is no longer pro-life. Because of age you switch to being pro-death. Bah humbug!

    • quinersdiner on May 9, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Thanks for writing. I’ll respond fully on Monday.