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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.

NYCF’s August Prayer Requests

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2018

As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recognizes the centrality of prayer. While the support of our ministry friends is key, we cannot sustain this ministry without the Lord’s leading and direction of our efforts. We appreciate all of the believers who pray for us. In the month of August, we humbly ask…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Keeps Beating The Abortion Expansion Drum

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2018

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been beating the abortion expansion drum a great deal in recent days. On July 12, State of Politics reported that the Governor again called upon the State Senate to return to Albany “to take up the Reproductive Health Act, a bill that would strengthen abortion rights in the state amid a…

Where Do The Gubernatorial Candidates Stand On Abortion Expansion?

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2018

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spent an incredible amount of time talking about abortion expansion in recent weeks. (Is the Governor trying to scare pro-choice voters into believing that the legality of abortion in New York is in jeopardy, and that they must pass the Reproductive Health Act to protect New York’s abortion-on-demand policies? Or is…

Guest Commentary: Cuomo Is Playing ‘Chicken Little’ Over Abortion Rights

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2018

By Asm. Nicole Malliotakis Another Supreme Court nomination by a Republican president, another attempt to use cynical scare tactics by the Empire State’s own version of Chicken Little. An executive order signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a knee-jerk attempt to protect his left flank from his current rival and newly minted “democratic socialist” Cynthia…

Governor Goes All In For Late-Term Abortion Expansion

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion extremism is nothing new; the Governor has been pushing for abortion expansion ever since his 2013 State of the State Address. At that time, he called for the Legislature to pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), bellowing, “because it is her body, it is her choice.” In recent days, however, Gov.…

Abortion Expansion Is An Election Issue

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s recent retirement announcement has drawn a great deal of attention to the abortion issue, both here in New York and across the nation. Justice Kennedy frequently acted as a swing vote on the Court, and he voted to uphold the Roe v. Wade decision in 1992. Based on President…

Is Abortion Really “Settled Law”?

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

The horrendous Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 [1973]) was handed down on January 22, 1973. In Roe, the Court held that the “right to privacy” was a fundamental right under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and that this “right” encompasses a woman’s “right”…

Federal Agency Seeks Public Comment On Family Planning Funding

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has previously reported that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced proposed amendments to the Title X Family Planning Grant Program. If adopted, the proposed amendment would [require] clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is…

A Bitter Pill For Advocates Of Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

With the 2018 state legislative session having drawn to a close, New Yorkers who respect human life can rejoice in the fact that physician-assisted suicide legislation did not pass either house of the New York State Legislature this year. On May 23, 2016, a physician-assisted suicide bill was narrowly approved by the Assembly Health Committee.…

New York Health Act is Bad Medicine

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 14, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the New York Health Act (Bill S.4840-A-Rivera/A.4738-A-Gottfried) by a vote of 91 to 46. The Assembly has passed this legislation for the past four years. According to the bill memo, the New York Health Act would “create a universal single payer health plan—New York Health—to…

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

By Albany Update | Jun 26, 2018

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in the matter of NIFLA v. Becerra. In this case, pro-life pregnancy centers challenged a California law (the so-called FACT Act) that would require licensed pregnancy centers to provide information about the availability of abortion, including a phone number where abortion referrals could…

Senate Passes IVF Insurance Mandate; Bill Fails in Assembly

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On the final day of the regular 2018 legislative session in Albany, the New York State Senate passed Bill 8441-B-Phillips, the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Insurance Mandate. As Albany Update has previously reported, this bill is objectionable on pro-life grounds. In vitro fertilization often results in the freezing of “extra” embryos, many of which are…

The State Legislative Session Is Over—For Now

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, in the wee hours of the morning, the New York State Senate adjourned. That adjournment marked the end of the 2018 legislative session in Albany, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo may call the Legislature back to Albany later this year to handle some unfinished business. Thankfully, Senate Republicans were able to hold…

Proposed IVF Mandate Raises Pro-Life Concerns

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

The proposed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Insurance Mandate (Bill S.8441-A-Phillips) would require insurance policies that cover hospital, surgical, or medical care to provide $50,000 of coverage for in vitro fertilization. This legislation is ill-advised. In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology in which an embryo is made in a test tube and injected into…

NYCF-Supported Bills Sail Through Senate Education

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Two bills supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recently advanced through the New York State Senate Education Committee. The first of the two bills is the Homeschool Equal Access Bill (Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner). The Homeschool Equal Access Bill would require fair practices by institutions of higher education in regard to the admission of homeschooled high…

Pro-Life Democrats Are An Endangered Species

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

The recent State Senate drama surrounding abortion expansion is driven by arithmetic. Because Republicans—with the help of Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn)—hold a 32-31 Senate majority, and because Republican Sen. Tom Croci (R-Islip) is on active duty in the U.S. Navy, the Senate is deadlocked. This deadlock has given Senate Democrats an opportunity to pressure…