The spread of the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) has led to a flurry of government actions to help prevent people from becoming infected and to assist those who do become infected. Some of those actions affect churches and schools. On March 12, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.1, which included restrictions on…

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In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued new regulations affecting mass gatherings. These regulations affect churches. Dated March 12, 2020, Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.1 includes the following provisions: A gathering or event that is expected to be attended by more than 500 people must either be cancelled or be postponed…

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Albany, NY – Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, offered the following remarks regarding the organization’s upcoming Legislative Day: “Coronavirus concerns have been impacting events large and small. This morning, we were notified that travel restrictions are impacting the ability of some of our speakers to participate in our scheduled…

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Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) wants schools to teach your kids about LGBT history. Bill S.1478-Hoylman.A.4744-Seawright would require the State of New York “to establish curriculum or instruction for school districts in the historical treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.” The senator doesn’t just want schools to teach students about homosexuality in…

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A bill in the New York State Legislature would provide tax relief to parents grieving the loss of a stillborn child. Bill S.3709-Mayer/A.7468-Buchwald, the Stillborn Child Tax Credit Bill, would provide the parents of a stillborn child with a one-time refundable tax credit of $2,000. The bill memorandum states that the bill’s purpose is “to…

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Bill S.5084-Salazar/A.6689-Crespo, the Adoption Tax Deduction Bill, would provide a personal income tax deduction for all fees and expenses incurred in connection with the adoption of a child in New York’s foster care system during a given tax year. Many foster parents do a commendable job caring for their foster children, but the permanence and…

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Do you believe that the State of New York should direct public schools to provide “comprehensive sexuality education” to students, beginning in kindergarten? Bill S.4844-Metzger/A.6512-Nolan would require public schools to do exactly that. The bill calls for public schools to provide “a medically accurate, age-appropriate sequential learning program which addresses physical, mental, emotional and social…

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Some members of the New York State Legislature want to use your tax dollars to promote so-called “emergency contraception” at public colleges and universities. Bill S.5089-Parker/A.4831-Englebright, the Public University Emergency Contraception Education Act, would require all of New York’s public colleges and universities to display posters and disseminate “informational materials” regarding “emergency contraception.” The posters…

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On March 4, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (previously known as June Medical Services v. Gee), a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana statute that requires abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic in which they perform abortions. In addition, a…

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Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (previously known as June Medical Services v. Gee), a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana statute that requires abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic in which they perform abortions. In addition, a pro-abortion rally was…

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