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Marc Molinaro wants impeachment proceedings and a criminal investigation of Gov. Cuomo

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A New York lawmaker is calling for impeachment proceedings and a criminal investigation to be launched against Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the state’s nursing home scandal.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP challenger to Cuomo in the last gubernatorial election, said Monday that Cuomo is not fit to hold public office after using “manipulated data” to pressure hospitals and businesses to close down and continuing to lie about the number of nursing home deaths in the state.

“Manipulating the data knowingly, day in and day out, we believe that a criminal investigation needs to begin,” Molinaro said on Fox News’ America Reports. “Certainly, I believe, and I think many of us believe, the New York State Assembly ought to initiate impeachment proceedings.”

“We’ve known all along that this is the most corrupted and least transparent administration in America,” Molinaro continued. “We now know it’s also the deadliest.”

“The least they ought to do is apologize, but I should test they ought to do that just before they issue their resignations.”

Cuomo held his first press briefing Monday since the scandal broke and declined to apologize for his administration’s decision to let Covid-19 patients into nursing homes.

“Apologize? Look I have said repeatedly, we made a mistake in creating the void,” Cuomo said. “The void allowed misinformation and conspiracy, and now people are left with the thought of ‘Did my loved one have to die?’ And that is a brutal, brutal question to pose to a person. And I want everyone to know everything was done — everything was done — by the best minds in the best interest, and the last thing that we wanted to do, the last thing that I wanted to do, was to aggravate a terrible situation.”

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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