After Skirmish, Schimminger Saves Lobby For Life Day

Yesterday, New York State Right to Life (NYSRTL) announced that it would hold its 2019 Lobby for Life Day in the Well, an open area of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The event is scheduled for May 1, 2019. The organization—which has used the Well for its annual event for many years—had reportedly been denied access to the Well because the legislator sponsoring the event was a Republican; following the Democratic takeover of the State Senate in the 2018 elections, Republicans no longer have room reservation privileges. Despite weeks’ worth of efforts, NYSRTL’s room reservation was only reinstated after Asm. Robin Schimminger (D-Kenmore) agreed to sponsor Lobby for Life Day and after another organization reportedly withdrew its request for the space. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks:

“New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms applauds Asm. Robin Schimminger for his leadership in stepping forward to sponsor Lobby for Life Day. We are thankful that our friends at New York State Right to Life will be able to hold their Lobby for Life Day in the Well this year, just as they have done for many years in the past.”

“However, the way the organization was treated in this situation is troubling. Did New York State Right to Life lose its room reservation due to partisan pettiness? Or was it punished for its pro-life beliefs by pro-choice party leaders? Either way, the Legislative Office Building is a public building, and officials should not discriminate based upon politics or ideology in determining who may reserve space there.”

“Our organization stands in solidarity with our allies at New York State Right to Life. The pro-life message will not be silenced. The attempt to deny access to public space will only serve to increase attendance at this year’s event and grow support for the larger movement in New York and across the nation.”