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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.

Legal Prostitution Promotes Human Trafficking

By Albany Update | Mar 18, 2019

Multiple Members of the New York State Legislature have publicly stated their support for the legalization of prostitution. This degrading and anti-woman proposal should be rejected. Prostitution is a dangerous activity, and many who engage in that activity do not do so by choice. Research shows that globally, prostitutes have a 45% to 75% chance…

In Vitro Mandate Moving In State Assembly

By Albany Update | Mar 18, 2019

Bill S.719-Savino/A.2817-Simotas would require large group insurance policies that cover hospital, surgical, or medical care to include coverage for in vitro fertilization. In vitro fertilization disrespects women’s health. In many instances, in vitro fertilization involves placing women on high doses of hormones designed to stimulate egg production and using a painful and potentially dangerous procedure…

Don’t Forget About Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2019

So far this year, a great deal of pro-life attention in New York has necessarily been focused on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assault on the lives of unborn children. However, it is important that New York Christians and other pro-life allies remain vigilant and engaged on the issue of physician-assisted suicide as well. Bill S.3947-Savino/A.2694-Paulin would…

Assembly Health Approves Government Takeover Of Health Insurance

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2019

On February 28, 2019, the New York State Assembly Health Committee approved the New York Health Act (Bill S.3577-Rivera/A.5248-Gottfried). The New York Health Act (NYHA) would create a government-controlled single-payer health insurance system in the State of New York. If this bill were passed, most private health insurance would no longer be allowed in New…

Contractual Surrogacy Clears First Committee

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2019

Albany Update recently reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has publicly stated his support for paid surrogacy legislation, and has included such legislation in his budget proposal. Since that time, Asm. Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) has amended her proposed paid surrogacy bill, which is known as the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA) (Bill A.1071-A-Paulin). Furthermore, on February 27,…

New Hope Family Services Has Its Day In Court

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2019

As Albany Update has previously reported, the State of New York has demanded that New Hope Family Services—a Christian adoption agency in Syracuse that is funded by private donations—change its adoption placement practices. According to the state, New Hope is violating state regulations because it declines to place children for adoption with same-sex couples or…

Women’s Justice Agenda, With Troubling Proposals, Released

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2019

On February 19, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda. Speakers highlighting the Governor’s proposals included: Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, and actress Julianne Moore. This is not the first time that the Governor has laid out a…

Pregnant Women, Not Just Transportation Workers, Need Protection

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2019

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked up his proposal to strengthen penalties for assaults on transit workers. The Governor is seeking to make it a felony to assault such workers. According to Gov. Cuomo, “‘New York has zero tolerance for anyone who flagrantly puts the lives and safety of transportation workers in jeopardy.’” New Yorkers…

U.S. Senate To Vote On Protections For Babies Born Alive After Abortion

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2019

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently announced that the U.S. Senate would vote on his Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA) on Monday, February 25. While existing federal law already protects abortion survivors, Sen. Sasse’s bill would strengthen those protections. According to National Review, this legislation: creates criminal penalties for doctors who allow infants to die…

Legislature Should Give ‘Liv Act’ Life

By Albany Update | Feb 15, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) has continued to gain negative national press due to its callous disregard for the health of women and the lives of the unborn. The fact that the RHA stripped all abortion-related crimes from the criminal code has drawn special attention.  In Queens, prosecutors recently withdrew a charge of…

Petition Calls for Repeal of Cuomo’s Late-Term Abortion Law

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2019

The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on January 22, 2019. The RHA: Removed abortion-related crimes from the books in cases where pregnant women miscarry after being assaulted; Allows third-trimester abortions for any reason (removing ambiguity that was…

New York Went Where Virginia Didn’t Dare

By Albany Update | Feb 11, 2019

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms remains deeply grieved over the passage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA). Sadly, New York is not the only state to consider abortion expansion legislation this year. In recent days, the State of Virginia gained unwanted national attention because of its abortion expansion bill: The Repeal Act (H.R.…

Senate Republicans Again Push Back Against Abortion Expansion

By Albany Update | Feb 11, 2019

On January 22, 2019, the New York State Senate Republican Conference stood united in opposition to the Reproductive Health Act (RHA). Last week, Senate Republicans drew attention to one of the many destructive consequences of the RHA by proposing a hostile amendment on the Senate floor. A hostile amendment is a procedural mechanism by which…

Cuomo Comes Out For Contractual Surrogacy

By Albany Update | Feb 11, 2019

In 1992, the State of New York banned the practice of paid surrogacy. Paid surrogacy involves paying a woman to carry a child to term and to relinquish custody of that child to someone else once he or she is born. The paid surrogacy ban was signed into law by Gov. Mario Cuomo. New Yorkers…

Legislative Day Looks To The Future Of Pro-Life New York

By Albany Update | Feb 4, 2019

What are your plans for Tuesday, March 19? At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), we hope they include us! On March 19, NYCF and our affiliate organization, New Yorkers Family Research Foundation (NYFRF), are scheduled to hold our annual Legislative Day event at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Attendees will hear…

Late-Term Abortion Not The Only Anti-Life Legislative Action

By Albany Update | Jan 24, 2019

The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was not the only bad bill passed by the New York State Legislature on January 22, 2019. The Senate and the Assembly each passed two other bills that threaten human life and religious liberty: The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) and the Boss Bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to…