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BUFFALO, NY, January 27, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Buffalo's Bishop Richard Malone has shot back after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested “extreme conservatives”, including pro-lifers and pro-family advocates, have no place in the state of New York.

In a video posted on his diocesan website the day of the Washington March for Life, Malone said Cuomo’s “rant” was itself extremist.

“The governor of New York State actually said there is no place for us, if we are pro-life, in the State of New York,” says the bishop.

“I think that comment is the best example of extremism I’ve heard for a long time. At first it was so outrageous it made me laugh. Then it made me deeply concerned,” he continued.

“New York State already has the highest rate of abortions in the country,” Bishop Malone stated. “The governor, and those who support him on this position, want to make us the abortion capital of the country.”

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“I don't want that, you don't want that, Pope Francis doesn't want that, who recently said that abortion is a symptom of a throw-away culture,” he said.

Cuomo’s statements, in which he also included pro-gun lobbyists as extremists, provoked a strong backlash from pro-life leaders and other conservatives, who took offense at Cuomo’s suggestion that, as quoted in the headline of the New York Post, conservatives should “Leave NY!”

In his talk Bishop Malone also took the opportunity to praise the tens of thousands of pro-lifers who took part in the March for Life.

“Once again, despite a severe snow storm that closed down the US government the day before the March for Life, thousand and thousands of people, young and old, made their way to Washington, DC, to take part once again in the March for Life, as we observe again the anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” the bishop said. “Since 1973, 56 million unborn children have had their lives, legally, taken from them,” he pointed out.

“Lets work so that no more unborn children are thrown away,” Bishop Malone concluded.

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