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Protecting Human Life

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

New Hope Files Federal Challenge To Protect Its Religious Freedom Rights

By Albany Update | Dec 11, 2018

Earlier this year, New Hope Family Services—a Christian nonprofit adoption provider, foster care placement agency, and pregnancy center based in Syracuse—received a letter from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services stating that New Hope would be required to change its adoption policies or stop providing adoptions altogether. The policy that OCFS…

Capital Region Account Makes Case For Keeping Abortion In The Criminal Code

By Albany Update | Dec 9, 2018

Last week, the Albany Times Union reported that a Saratoga County man was arrested after allegedly “pushing his fists onto the stomach of a 26-week-pregnant woman [in] an attempt to cause a miscarriage.” The man, one Stephen Miller of Gansevoort, fled the scene and was later arrested in the City of Mechanicville. Miller has been…

Single-Payer Health Care: Another Big Government Proposal

By Albany Update | Dec 9, 2018

According to State Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), a self-described “downstate lefty” who is the ranking Democratic Member of the Senate Health Committee, an amended version of a single-payer health care bill is coming soon. Sen. Rivera is the Senate sponsor of the proposed the New York Health Act, a disastrous proposal which provides for a…

Pro-Choice Perry Gershon’s ‘Disgusting’ Mailer Should Be Denounced

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2018

In the days and weeks leading up to an election, things can get nasty. Some people refer to the fall political season as “the silly season.” However, based on a recent Long Island campaign mailing, it might be more apt to call it “the sordid season.” Several days ago, Democratic congressional candidate Perry Gershon released…

Gosnell Film Succeeds Despite Opposition

By Albany Update | Oct 19, 2018

Many pro-life New Yorkers remember the harrowing 2013 trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania late-term abortionist who was found guilty of murdering three babies that survived abortions at his clinic. Gosnell was also convicted of “involuntary manslaughter, 21 felony counts of illegal late-term abortion, and 211 counts of violating an informed-consent law”; he was given…

Tish James Seeks Additional Abortion Access Fund

By Albany Update | Oct 16, 2018

Late last month, the pro-abortion National Institute for Reproductive Health announced the kickoff of a campaign to create a new taxpayer-funded abortion access fund in the City of New York. Unfortunately, New York City Public Advocate and Democratic Attorney General candidate Letitia “Tish” James supports this campaign. Despite the fact that the State of New…

Planned Parenthood Does Not Like Marc Molinaro

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2018

The November elections are less than a month away, and Planned Parenthood is making its voice heard here in New York. And Planned Parenthood has made one thing quite clear: It doesn’t like Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro. According to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Molinaro is “weak on women’s health.” Why does Planned Parenthood…

President Trump Increases Abstinence Education Funding

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2018

A recently-signed federal funding bill contains a welcome funding increase for sexual risk avoidance education (SRAE), also known as abstinence-based education. According to Ascend (a pro-abstinence organizations), President Donald Trump signed legislation on September 28, 2018 that contains $10 million in additional abstinence-based education funding. The signed bill reportedly increased SRAE funding from $25 million…

Tennessee Sees A Win For Life

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2018

Pro-life allies in Tennessee won an important court victory last week. On October 1, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to consider a legal challenge to Amendment 1. Amendment 1 was a 2014 state ballot measure in Tennessee in which voters removed the “right” to abortion from their state’s constitution. According to Tennessean.com, Amendment…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Makes Abortion Expansion Vow

By Albany Update | Oct 5, 2018

Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed that if the Democratic Party takes control of the New York State Senate on Election Day, the Senate will pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) within the first 30 days of next year’s legislative session. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the…

Americans Growing Desensitized To Suicide

By Albany Update | Oct 2, 2018

A new study has found that during the past 30 years, Americans have grown more accepting of suicide as a morally legitimate option for terminally-ill persons. The Pacific Standard reports that 46.9% of Americans in the 1980’s approved of suicide for the terminally ill, while 61.4% of Americans in the 2010’s approve of it. The…

Democratic Socialism: A Shift Toward Dependency

By Albany Update | Sep 23, 2018

After soundly defeating powerful incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens) in a Democratic primary in June, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—a self-described democratic socialist—has become something of a national political celebrity. Young, passionate, and unabashedly far-left, Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow travelers seek to continue the efforts made by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to move the Democratic Party (and,…

Planned Parenthood Hires New Head

By Albany Update | Sep 18, 2018

Earlier this year, Cecile Richards stepped down from her role as President of Planned Parenthood, having held that position since 2006. Last week, Planned Parenthood announced that it had hired Richards’s successor. Dr. Leana Wen is scheduled to begin her tenure as the sixth-ever President of Planned Parenthood on November 12, 2018. Dr. Wen currently…

Incremental Steps Help Reduce Abortion Rates

By Albany Update | Sep 10, 2018

A recent piece in the L.A. Times laments the relative lack of abortion providers in some parts of the United States. As a pro-life, Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms sees this state of affairs as cause for rejoicing. According to the authors, “Ninety percent of all U.S. counties lack an abortion clinic… One…

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Shuts Down Some Adoption and Foster Care Services

By Albany Update | Sep 4, 2018

For nearly 95 years, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Buffalo has provided adoption and foster care services in western New York. On August 23, 2018, those services were discontinued when Catholic Charities announced that it could not, in good conscience, abide by a state requirement that “contracting agencies [allow] same-sex couples to foster and…

Human Trafficking Bills Signed

By Albany Update | Sep 4, 2018

Albany Update is pleased to report that two important state-level anti-human trafficking bills have been signed into law. On August 15, Bill S.5988-B-Lanza/A.6823-C-Paulin was signed. This law establishes the felony crime of sex trafficking of a child. The new law will help prosecutors and victims by making it unnecessary for minor victims to testify against…