Albany, NY – Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the latest salvo in his longstanding regulatory onslaught upon the People of the State of New York. This latest regulatory attack forces health insurers—in the name of “nondiscrimination”—to cover assisted reproductive technology (ART) for persons who wish to become pregnant without engaging in heterosexual intercourse. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following remarks:
“Over the past several years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put forth a sordid series of regulatory edicts that impose his socially liberal views upon the State of New York. The list has grown long. The latest proposal involves coercing insurance companies into covering costly assisted reproductive technology (ART) for persons who wish to become pregnant without engaging in heterosexual intercourse. There are several problems with this idea. First, the proposal purports to address infertility, but includes a loophole that could allow for coverage of persons that are not infertile. Second, the proposal is expensive. These types of insurance mandates are a major driver of the high cost of health insurance. Aren’t New Yorkers’ health insurance premiums high enough? Third, as usual, the Governor is seeking to make a controversial policy change without involving the New York State Legislature. Fourth, the proposed regulation disregards the best interests of children by promoting the decision to bear and raise a child outside of an intact, married family that provides the child with both a mother and a father.”
“New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms believes that there are three purposes behind this proposal and the Governor’s other regulatory actions in the realms of sexuality and reproduction. First, with the notable exception of the Marriage Equality Act in 2013, the Governor has been stymied in his efforts to pass legislation regarding these issues; therefore, he has petulantly opted to bypass the Legislature and act on his own in promoting his left-wing views. Second, the Governor desires to enhance his executive power, and to diminish the constitutional authority of New York’s elected legislators to make policy. Third, the Governor has his eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and is attempting to burnish his credentials with LGBT activists and so-called women’s rights organizations in preparation for a presidential campaign. Of course, none of these three purposes is legitimate.”
“New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms continues to call upon Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and the Senate Majority Conference to stand up to the Governor and stop these ongoing usurpations of the Legislature’s role. Andrew Cuomo is New York’s governor, not its king.
Edited April 20, 2017