Bill Offers Better Protection For Bees Than Babies

Matthew 6:26: “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

On October 4, 2019, State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) introduced legislation to preserve bee colonies.

Bill S.6763-Biaggi would require exterminators to contact the Division of Plant Industry of the Department of Agriculture and Markets “at least twenty-four hours in advance of extermination of honey bees to obtain assistance in trying to relocate nuisance honey bee colonies or hanging swarms of honey bees, in lieu of destroying such honey bees. Honey bees shall not be destroyed without prior approval from such division.” If the Division of Plant Industry could not be reached, the bill would require that the exterminator contact three beekeepers in an effort to relocate the bees before destroying them. According to the bill memorandum, New York’s shortage of honey bees affects our crops, making the bee shortage an “issue that has serious and immediate implications from a local to a global perspective.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has no position on bee disposal legislation. We do, however, have a position on how our state should treat a population that is of far greater importance than bees: Our unborn children. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 27 states have passed laws requiring that women wait 24 hours after receiving counseling about abortion before undergoing an abortion procedure. New York is not one of them. It would be a cruel, cruel irony for our state to require a 24-hour waiting period before bees can be exterminated when it requires no such waiting period before the precious life of an unborn baby is taken.