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NYCF’s June 2019 Prayer Needs

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms invites our friends and supporters to remember the following requests in their prayer during the month of June: That this year’s legislative session would end without the passage of any further ungodly legislation; That the Lord would bring us the right person to take on the position of Legislative Chaplain,…

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Pro-Life Laws Sweeping Across America

On May 15, 2019, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed House Bill 314, the “Human Life Protection Act,” into law. When signing the bill, Gov. Ivey said, “‘Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the…

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Helming Born-Alive Bill Rejected By Senate Democrats

One of the many horrifying aspects of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) that was passed here in New York in January is its removal of legal protections for viable babies born alive following late-term abortion procedures. Before the RHA was enacted, Public Health Law § 4164(2) mandated that a viable infant born alive following an…

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New Hope Family Services May Be Heading To Appeal

On May 16, 2019, U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino dismissed the federal lawsuit filed by New Hope Family Services. New Hope Family Services, a Christian adoption agency based in Syracuse, had sued to challenge state regulations requiring agencies not to “discriminate” on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation in connection with adoption placements.…

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Sports Gambling Gains Yards in Senate Gaming Committee

On May 13, 2019, a bill that would allow gambling casinos to offer sports betting on digital devices was approved by the New York State Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. Bill S.17-A-Addabbo/A.6113-A-Pretlow would: Require each casino that offers mobile sports betting to pay the state a $12 million license fee and a 0.2% royalty…

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New York’s ‘Compromised Three’ Join Democrats In Passing ‘Equality Act’

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 236-173-23, to pass the so-called Equality Act (H.R.5–Cicilline). This misleadingly-named bill would make “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected characteristics under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Rather than promoting fairness and justice, H.R.5 would punish employers, faith-based charities, and everyday Americans who decline to live in accordance…

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Reliving ‘Alive From New York’: Full Rebroadcast

On Saturday, May 4, Focus on the Family, our public policy partner and ally, made history by holding a huge pro-life event at Times Square in Manhattan. Attended by over ten thousand people, the “Alive from New York” event was held in response to the passage of the Reproductive Health Act earlier this year. Speakers…

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Efforts to Legitimize Prostitution Underway

John 8:10-11: “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Last week, a group of prostitutes,…

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Casinos Seek and Receive Slot Relief

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo successfully pushed for a casino expansion amendment to the New York State Constitution in 2013, he presented casinos as drivers of job opportunities and economic growth in upstate New York. Casino operators jumped on the bandwagon, offering “rosy financial estimates to the state to win the gambling licenses.” Since that time,…

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Youth Depression And Attempted Suicide On The Rise

Earlier this year, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology published a disturbing study showing that depression and suicide attempts have markedly increased among American youth in recent years. The causes for this increase are disputed. The study points to suicide contagion, “the phenomenon by which exposure to one suicide death can trigger suicidal behavior in others.”…

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