Protecting Human Life

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

New York’s Abortion Insurance Mandate May See Supreme Court Challenge

By Albany Update | May 3, 2021

On April 23, 2021, a coalition of Catholic and Protestant churches and organizations represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear their constitutional challenge to New York’s requirement that employers include abortion coverage within their employees’ health insurance plans. In Diocese of Albany v. Lacewell,…

Biden Administration Moves To Strike Protect Life Rule

By Albany Update | May 2, 2021

During the tenure of President Donald Trump, the federal government made various advances in regard to respect for human life. Sadly, President Joe Biden appears determined to eradicate those advances. According to Fox News, the Biden administration has proposed to rescind a Trump-era rule known as the Protect Life Rule. Released in February 2019, the…

Government-Only Healthcare Gets Out Of Health Committee

By Albany Update | Apr 25, 2021

The misguided and disastrous New York Health Act (Bill S.5474-Rivera/A.6058-Gottfried) has been approved by the New York State Assembly Health Committee. Following a party-line vote of 19-7, the bill will now move to the Assembly Codes Committee for further consideration. The New York Health Act would create a government-controlled single-payer health insurance system in the…

Assault On Pro-Life Centers Clears First Committee

By Albany Update | Apr 25, 2021

On April 19, 2021, the Pregnancy Center Report Bill (Bill S.470-Hoylman/A.5499-Glick)  was approved by the New York State Assembly Health Committee by a party-line vote of 19-7. Every Democrat serving on the committee supported the bill, while every Republican opposed it. The bill will now proceed to the Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.…

Planned Parenthood Owns Racist Origins

By Albany Update | Apr 25, 2021

Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, has long revered Margaret Sanger. Sanger founded the organization that later became Planned Parenthood. For years, Planned Parenthood gave an annual award that was named after Sanger; one recipient of the prize was Hillary Clinton. In addition to helping form an organization that would become responsible for millions of…

Albany Enters Second Half Of Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

The New York state budget process for the 2021-2022 fiscal year was completed earlier this month. In an ideal world, each year’s legislative session would be completed upon the passage of the budget. However, the real world is far from ideal, and the 2021 legislative session is not scheduled to conclude until June 10. This…

Court Rejects Special Prosecutor Provision In People With Special Needs Act

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

In a recent decision, the New York Court of Appeals—New York’s highest state court—threw out part of a 2012 state law relating to persons with disabilities. The Court held that the 2012 Protection of People with Special Needs Act violated the New York State Constitution by creating a statewide special prosecutor to work on crimes…

Yang Attacked For Insufficient Enthusiasm For Abortion

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

This fall, the voters of New York City will elect a new mayor. Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio is barred from seeking re-election due to term limits, and several Democratic candidates are running to replace him. At this writing, businessman and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang is leading the crowded field; other notable candidates include…

Caregiving Visitors Bill Signed

By Albany Update | Mar 31, 2021

On March 29, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.614-B-May/A.1052-B-Bronson into law. Bill S.614-B-May/A.1052-B-Bronson requires nursing homes to allow residents to designate up to two personal caregiving visitors. The new law allows these designated personal caregiving visitors to visit nursing home residents, even during public health emergencies. These visitors are required to follow the same…

Senate Republicans Seek To Rescind Group Home COVID Directive

By Albany Update | Mar 26, 2021

A group of 13 State Senate Republicans has introduced a bill to rescind an April 10 Cuomo administration directive that requires group homes for the developmentally disabled to admit residents with COVID-19. Bill S.5922-Martucci provides that “no residential facility for the care and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities [shall] knowingly allow a resident who…

Covid Directive Continues To Endanger Developmentally Disabled

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2021

Over the past few months, much attention has been paid to the Cuomo Administration’s disastrous March 2020 COVID-19 nursing home directive. That directive required that nursing homes admit COVID-19 patients who had been discharged from hospitals. A recent article in the New York Post reveals that a similar directive was made by the Cuomo Administration…

Congressional Votes Raise Concerns For Social Conservatives

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the disastrous and misleadingly-named Equality Act. Last week, the House demonstrated that it isn’t finished passing bad bills. On March 17, 2021, the House reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and passed a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the proposed Equal Rights…

NYCF Hosts “Legislative Day 2021: A Digital Day of Action”

By Albany Update | Mar 16, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), New York’s statewide evangelical Christian advocacy organization, holds its first-ever Digital Day of Action today. NYCF Executive Director Jason J. McGuire made the following comments: “For decades, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has held its annual Legislative Day in Albany on the third Tuesday in March. This year, COVID-19 and social…

Planned Parenthood’s Political Allies Target Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

By Albany Update | Mar 15, 2021

As part of our Digital Day of Action, NYCF is highlighting one piece of proposed state legislation from each of the four policy areas in which we work: Protecting human life, promoting strong families, preserving religious liberty, and proclaiming justice and mercy. As NYCF works to protect human life, blocking the passage of the Pregnancy…

Bethany Christian Services Compromises Christian Principles

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2021

In May 2019, the Michigan office of Bethany Christian Services (BCS)—the nation’s largest Protestant adoption and foster care agency, with offices in 32 states—agreed to begin placing children in homes headed by same-sex couples. BCS did not take this step of its own accord; the State of Michigan made a policy change that would, if…

Born Alive Abortion Survivors Bill Introduced In Albany

By Albany Update | Feb 28, 2021

In January 2019, the state of New York suffered a major setback regarding the sanctity of life when the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was passed. As many Christian New Yorkers will recall, the RHA is a late-term abortion expansion law that effectively allows third-trimester abortions for any reason; it also removed existing legal protections for…