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Physician-Assisted Suicide Flatlines In Albany

For several years now, advocates have been working hard to add New York to the list of states that have legalized physician-assisted suicide. They have failed in 2019. This year’s regular legislative session has come to a close without a single vote being held on this divisive, unnecessary, and destructive proposal. Bill S.3947-Savino/A.2694-Paulin would reverse…

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George Borrello Wins Senate GOP Primary

On Tuesday, June 25, a Republican primary was held in State Senate District 57. While state legislative elections are held in even-numbered years, a special election is being held in Senate District 57 to fill a vacancy; that vacancy was created when Sen. Cathy Young (R-Olean) resigned from the Senate in March 2019 following her…

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Democrats Turn Down Dialogue With Iowa’s Evangelical Community

Bob Vander Platts, President and CEO of the Family Leader, invited seven Democratic presidential hopefuls to his organization’s annual Family Leadership Summit “to discuss a vision of unity for America and how their personal faith guides their leadership, their policy, and their governance.” Located in Iowa, the Family Leader is a Christian organization allied with…

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New York Politicians Find New Ways To Further Abortion Extremism

Earlier this year, the State of New York became an object of national revulsion when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into law and lit up One World Trade Center in celebration. Some pro-abortion New York politicians want to go even further. Last month, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer proposed to…

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Senate Passes Paid Surrogacy

On Monday, June 11, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would legalize paid surrogacy in New York. The legislation, Bill S.2071-B-Hoylman/A.1071-C-Paulin, was passed by a vote of 40-21. Thirty-eight Democratic senators were joined by two Senate Republicans—Sens. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and Betty Little (R-Queensbury)—in supporting the bill, while 19 Republicans and…

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Prostitution Legalization Bill Introduced

On June 10, 2019, Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn) and Asm. Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill to legalize prostitution in the State of New York. Bill S.6419-Salazar/A.8230-Gottfried would make prostitution legal for consenting adults and would allow persons previously convicted of prostitution-related offenses to have those convictions vacated. According to the bill’s sponsors, attempting to…

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New York’s 2019 Vaccination Law Affects Christian Schools

On June 13, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.2994-A-Hoylman/A.2371-A-Dinowitz into law. The law went into effect immediately. This legislation, now known as Chapter 35 of the Laws of 2019, repealed the previously-existing exemption to child vaccination requirements for parents with religious objections to vaccinations. Many are asking how this new law will affect private…

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Senate To Take Up Paid Surrogacy Tuesday

Albany Update has previously reported on the ongoing effort to legalize paid surrogacy in New York. A vote on the paid surrogacy bill is planned in the State Senate on Tuesday, June 11 despite the fact that, as of June 10, the bill has not been acted upon by any Senate Committee. Furthermore, the Senate’s…

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Cuomo Takes ‘Pride’ In LGBT Activism

New York’s legislative session is scheduled to end June 19, 2019. Do you know what your Governor is up to? If you guessed, “Working on LGBT issues,” you’d be right. So far this year, Gov. Cuomo has signed the Bathroom Bill and the Counselor Coercion Bill into law. Apparently, however, he is not satisfied with…

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Trump Administration Takes Additional Action On Life And Liberty

The deeply divided and hyperpartisan nature of the current Congress makes it difficult to pass meaningful legislation in Washington, D.C. However, the Trump administration continues to take executive actions to advance principles of life and liberty. Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule “that would increase protections…

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