Protecting Human Life

The Bible teaches that each person is made in the image of God, and that human life is sacred.

‘Free Abortions for Out-of-Staters Act’ Faces Senate Health

By Albany Update | Jan 8, 2024

The Free Abortions for Out-of-Staters Act, also known as the Reproductive Freedom and Equity Grant Program (Bill S.348-C-Cleare/A.361-B-Gonzalez-Rojas), is controversial, fiscally irresponsible, and dishonest. It’s also scheduled for consideration in the State Senate Health Committee today at 10:30 AM. The sponsor memorandum accompanying the bill falsely asserts that “abortion is essential health care.” Based on…

National Defense Act Passes With Pro-Abortion Policy Intact

By Albany Update | Dec 18, 2023

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 (NDAA) (H. R. 2670) was the focus of a months-long political struggle over the military’s divisive policies on abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and other matters. That struggle is over. On most issues, the liberal side has prevailed. The Republican-led House of Representatives passed its version of the…

SCOTUS Update: December 2023

By Albany Update | Dec 17, 2023

Three pieces of recent news from the Supreme Court of the United States are of interest to pro-life, pro-family Americans. First, in Tingley v. Ferguson, 601 U.S.         (2023), the Court denied certiorari in a legal challenge to a Washington state law barring licensed healthcare providers from engaging in sexual orientation and gender identity change…

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Passes Away

By Albany Update | Dec 1, 2023

On November 19, 2023, 96-year-old Rosalynn Carter passed away peacefully in her Georgia home days after entering hospice care. The former first lady had been diagnosed with dementia in May of this year. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States. The Carters were married for 77 years; they…

Sisters Of Life Successful In Stand Against State Intrusion

By Albany Update | Nov 22, 2023

An order of nuns has won a court decision that prevents the state of New York from harassing it with onerous, intrusive demands for information about its pro-life ministry to pregnant women. According to Fox News, a federal court ordered the state to refrain from seeking information from the Sisters of Life pursuant to the…

Medical Association Maintains Opposition To Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Nov 17, 2023

Earlier this month, the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) voted down multiple efforts to withdraw the organization’s opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia. This is a victory for the cause of life, and is cause for thanksgiving. Currently, the AMA “strongly opposes any bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia” and…

‘Mickie’s Law’ Requires Fetal Demise Protocols From Hospitals

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2023

On October 25, 2023, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Bill S.4981-B-Brouk/A.1297-B-Bichotte Hermelyn into law. This legislation, known as Mickie’s Law, requires hospitals to create protocols on how to treat fetal demise. Under Mickie’s Law, hospitals must ascertain whether a pregnant patient is facing a medical emergency due to a fetal demise. If she is, that hospital…

New York State Surveys Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

By Albany Update | Oct 29, 2023

On June 13, 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the Pregnancy Center Report Law (PCRL) as Chapter 217 of the Laws of 2022. The PCRL authorizes the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to study the impact of pregnancy resource centers upon women’s timely access to “a comprehensive range of reproductive and sexual health care…

New Law Recognizes Impact Of Pregnancy and Infant Loss

By Albany Update | Oct 20, 2023

On October 18, 2023, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Ava’s Law (Bill S.6082-A-Fernandez/A.5734-A-Pretlow), a bipartisan law that requires the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to create informational materials to help and support New Yorkers who have experienced the death of an unborn child or an infant. Specifically, Ava’s Law directs NYSDOH to provide information…

Senator May, Assemblymember Paulin Introduce Abortion Pill Bill

By Albany Update | Oct 16, 2023

On Oct. 10, 2023, two pro-abortion New York legislators introduced a bill to make abortion pills more widely available, and to force insurers to cover them. Bill S.7691-May/A.6835-Paulin would allow nurses, nurse practitioners, and midwives to write non-patient-specific prescriptions for abortion pills. The bill would also allow pharmacists to dispense abortion pills in response to…

Mayor Eric Adams Announces Tele-Abortion Program

By Albany Update | Oct 7, 2023

On October 2, 2023, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that NYC Health + Hospitals will begin letting pregnant women obtain abortion pills by mail without having an in-person appointment with a medical professional. Instead, women will now be allowed to obtain abortion pills simply by consulting with medical professionals using telemedicine. The Mayor’s…

President Trump’s Pro-Life Commitment Called Into Question

By Albany Update | Sep 24, 2023

On September 17, 2023, former President Donald Trump was interviewed by Kristen Welker on “Meet the Press.” During the interview, Welker questioned President Trump about his position on abortion. While President Trump sometimes refers to himself as “the most pro-life president in American history,” his remarks during this interview raised major concerns about the depth…

Research Offers Insight Into Next Steps In Pro-Life Politics

By Albany Update | Sep 17, 2023

Earlier this month, U.S. Senate Republicans received a closed-door briefing on the abortion issue. The information provided during that briefing yields insights that are valuable to the pro-life movement. According to The Wall Street Journal, the senators were briefed on the results of research performed by One Nation, a nonprofit connected to Senate Minority Leader…

Pro-Life Senator Tommy Tuberville Stands Tall

By Albany Update | Sep 8, 2023

The Biden administration’s ongoing effort to maximize abortion availability across the nation reached new depths earlier this year when the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) decided to offer military servicewomen paid travel expenses and paid vacation if they travel to undergo abortions. In response to this vile (and arguably illegal) initiative, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)…

Fifth Circuit Decision May Curtail Chemical Abortions

By Albany Update | Aug 25, 2023

On August 16, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in a case arising out of the approval of an abortion pill by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. The decision, while imperfect, is favorable from a pro-life perspective. However, the decision will not take effect…

New York Republicans Undermine Federal Pro-Life Effort

By Albany Update | Aug 2, 2023

As the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to pass government spending legislation prior to a September 30 deadline, a dispute has broken out about a provision banning abortion pills. Unfortunately, several New York Republicans are on the wrong side of the issue. According to Axios, a federal bill to fund the Department of Agriculture contains…