Protecting Human Life

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

Cuomo’s Nursing Home Scandal Must Be Independently Investigated

By Albany Update | Jul 11, 2020

For the past several months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been dogged by repeated questions about the March 25, 2020 directive from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) that required nursing homes to admit patients with COVID-19. Despite intense media scrutiny, this DOH directive remained in effect for 46 days; during that time, New…

Little Sisters See A Win For Life and Liberty

By Albany Update | Jul 11, 2020

On July 8, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an important decision relating to religious liberty and the sanctity of life. In Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania, 591 U.S. _____ (2020), the Court decided a lawsuit involving the infamous Obamacare insurance mandate requiring employers to…

Planned Parenthood Of Greater New York Fires CEO

By Albany Update | Jul 5, 2020

On June 23, 2020, The New York Times reported that the leader of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, Laura McQuade, had been fired following “mounting complaints about abusive behavior and unfair treatment of black staff members.” According to the Times, hundreds of current and former Planned Parenthood employees signed letters laying out various allegations…

Supreme Court Misses Opportunity To Correct Its Abortion Jurisprudence

By Albany Update | Jun 29, 2020

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in June Medical Services L. L. C. v. Russo. This case involves a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana state law requiring any physician who performs abortions to hold admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away from the place where he…

Hoylman Outraged That Social Conservatives Have Representation In Albany

By Albany Update | Jun 25, 2020

Following the announcement that State Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) had been named Senate Minority Leader, liberal voices wasted no time pressuring Leader Ortt to distance himself from social conservatives. On June 23, 2020, the Niagara Gazette reported that Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) had criticized Leader Ortt for having attended an event held by a…

Gov. Cuomo Under Fire for Granting Nursing Home Immunity

By Albany Update | Jun 1, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has faced extensive—and justified—criticism for a Health Department mandate that required nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients. The mandate has, thankfully, been repealed, but more than 5,300 nursing home residents have died of the coronavirus since March. More recently, Gov. Cuomo has received additional criticism for a provision in the 2020-21 New…

Planned Parenthood Padding Profits With Federal Relief Funding

By Albany Update | Jun 1, 2020

Planned Parenthood is in hot water with the federal government for applying for and obtaining more than $80 million in COVID-19 relief funds under the CARES Act. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) informed approximately three dozen Planned Parenthood chapters of its preliminary determination that they are ineligible for…

Pandemic Abortion Pill Reversals On The Rise

By Albany Update | May 18, 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic that has taken tens of thousands of lives, abortion providers continue to do what they do best. While some abortion clinics remain open, others are closed due to the pandemic; however, abortion providers are using the COVID-19 crisis as a vehicle to promote the increased use of dangerous…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Corrects Disastrous Nursing Home Policy

By Albany Update | May 18, 2020

On May 10, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.30. This Order reversed the New York State Health Department’s destructive policy requiring nursing homes not to bar “medically stable” COVID-19 patients from admission. Executive Order No. 202.30 reads, in pertinent part, as follows: Any article 28 general hospital shall not discharge a patient…

State Should Stop Social Distancing From The Developmentally Disabled

By Albany Update | May 4, 2020

In recent weeks, the New York Post has reported on the unacceptable spike in COVID-19 infections and fatalities at many New York nursing homes, and on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s unwillingness to acknowledge the state’s role in the problem or fix it. Sadly, some group homes for the developmentally disabled have also become COVID-19 hotspots. Both…

Cuomo Correctly Criticized For Nursing Home Travesty

By Albany Update | May 4, 2020

In recent weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been criticized for failing to adequately protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus. This criticism is well-founded. On March 25, 2020, the New York State Department of Health sent an advisory document to nursing home administrators. Like many government documents that bear non-threatening labels such as “advisory,” “guidance,”…

State Health Department Reverses Do-Not-Resuscitate Guidelines

By Albany Update | Apr 23, 2020

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms was ready to pen a commentary denouncing a new set of DNR (do not resuscitate) guidelines recently put forth by the New York State Health Department, but we received a pleasant surprise: The guidelines were withdrawn almost immediately. On April 21, 2020, the New York Post broke a story about…

Samaritan’s Purse Despite Service, Still Vilified

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2020

While the COVID-19 epidemic continues to wreak havoc in the State of New York and across the nation, Samaritan’s Purse continues to serve the Lord by providing needed medical care to coronavirus patients in New York City. As Albany Update has previously reported, Samaritan’s Purse—a Christian disaster relief charity—has opened a 68-bed tent hospital in…

Planned Parenthood Downsizes During Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 13, 2020

In recent days, the COVID-19 outbreak has continued to wreak havoc in New York and across the nation. This is a time of grief and sadness for many of our neighbors. As of April 7, there were 138,836 known coronavirus infections in the state and 5,489 coronavirus-related deaths. It is also a time of fear.…

Empire State Passes Fiscal Plan During Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 4, 2020

The New York State Legislature has passed a budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed that budget into law. This year’s budget process was strikingly different than the budget process in previous years. Social distancing was in place as legislators voted remotely or in small groups. Many wore face masks and latex gloves. The Capitol was…

AG James Fights To Keep Abortion Clinics Open During Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 4, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the State of Texas won an important appeal allowing it to implement Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-09. A panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Gov. Abbott’s order may go into effect while a legal challenge from the abortion industry continues to be considered in court.…