Pro-abortion New York attorney general resigns after assault allegations
ALBANY, New York, May 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned, hours after reports surfaced that four women are accusing him of abuse.
On Monday, The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow broke the story that four women claim Schneiderman, a pro-abortion Democrat and self-styled crusader in the #MeToo movement against sexual exploitation, subjected them to “nonconsensual physical violence.”
Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam have gone on the record, claiming Schneiderman repeatedly struck and choked them over the course of their relationships, that he threatened to kill both if they left him, and that he threatened to have Selvaratnam followed and her phones tapped.
A third former partner claims she received similar treatment, and a fourth woman claims Schneiderman slapped her hard enough to leave a mark the next day when she rejected his advances. The latter two women have chosen to remain anonymous, but The New Yorker says the fourth provided them with a photograph of the injury. All four women say they were too afraid to come forward earlier.
In response, Schneiderman admits that in “the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity,” but denies that he has ever “assaulted anyone” or “engaged in nonconsensual sex.” A spokesman also told The New Yorker that the ex-AG “never made any of these threats.”
Nevertheless, New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo called for Schneiderman’s resignation, and the Manhattan district attorney’s office has opened an investigation into the allegations. Hours after the bombshell, Schneiderman announced he would step down, effective at close of business Tuesday.
“In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” Schneiderman said according to Reuters. “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time.”
The accusations come a week after Schneiderman accepted a “Champions of Choice” award from the pro-abortion National Institute for Reproductive Health. During his acceptance speech, he recalled working at an abortion facility after high school, where he claims he learned that “if a woman does not have the right to control her own body, she is not truly equal.”
I was deeply honored to be recognized by @nirhealth today as a #ChampionsOfChoice honoree.
As long as I am AG, I will use the full power of this office to ensure that whatever happens in Washington, a woman’s right to control her own body will always be protected in New York. https://t.co/ENj5r6V5yx— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) May 1, 2018
A year before Roe v. Wade, I graduated from high school, went to Washington DC, and got a job working in an abortion clinic.— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) May 3, 2018
I learned an important lesson at a young age.
If a woman does not have the right to control her own body, she is not truly equal. She is not truly free. pic.twitter.com/pSHOeNReHr
Schneiderman’s pro-abortion record includes a harassment lawsuit against pro-life activists for protesting outside of Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, New York. In February, a witness from the abortion facility admitted in court to establishing a fake pro-life Facebook account through which to spy on local pro-life activists and deliver her findings to Schneiderman’s office. According to the witness, Schneiderman not only allowed her to continue, but provided her with a hidden video camera to film pro-lifers outside the facility.
“The Schneiderman story seems like another big data point in the theory that the louder a guy signals he's an ‘ally,’ the greater the chance he's a serial abuser,” the Washington Examiner’s T. Becket Adams observed.
Schneiderman is also a longtime enemy of President Donald Trump who bragged about making 2017 a “year of legal resistance” against the administration, earning him accolades as the “one person who can save us from Trump” by pro-abortion feminist Samantha Bee.
In the wake of Monday’s news, many have called attention to a 2013 tweet in which Trump predicted that Schneiderman would be “next” after sex scandals destroyed the careers of Democrats Rep. Anthony Weiner and New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013
New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, another Democrat, will serve as acting Attorney General until the state legislature picks someone to serve out the remainder of Schneiderman’s term, which ends at the end of the year. An election will be held in November for the next term, with Republican corporate attorney Manny Alicandro vying for the position and Democrats suddenly in need of a new candidate.