Protecting Human Life

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

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…

Pro-Abortion Politicians Target Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

By Albany Update | Feb 28, 2021

In July 2020, the New York State Assembly passed a dangerous piece of legislation targeting pro-life pregnancy centers. That same bill has been reintroduced this year. Bill S.470-Hoylman/A.5499-Glick would authorize the New York State Department of Health to study and report on “the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant women in New York” and…

‘Equality Act’ Passes House of Representatives, Moves to U.S. Senate

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2021

Rochester, NY—The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act, today by a vote of 224-206 (unofficial). The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would give biological males access to female-only spaces (including women’s shelters) across the nation, would create unfair conditions for female…

Clearing Up Congressional Confusion Concerning The ‘Equality Act’

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2021

The so-called Equality Act is expected to receive a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The Equality Act is a deeply misleading piece of legislation. On its surface, the bill looks like an anti-discrimination measure; it would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as anti-discrimination categories under federal…

National Coalition Launches ‘Promise To America’s Children’

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2021

A coalition of national-level and state-level organizations recently unveiled an important new initiative called the Promise to America’s Children. The Promise to America’s Children is a national movement encouraging lawmakers and parents to commit themselves to supporting laws that protect children’s health, children’s safety, and children’s relationships with their parents. The Promise to America’s Children…

Rent-A-Womb Regulations Now In Effect

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2021

In 2020, following years of opposition from New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and others, the State of New York legalized paid surrogacy. The law (Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2020) was passed during the state budget process, and it went into effect on February 15, 2021. It is now legal in New York for…

DeRosa Reveals Cuomo’s Death Count Coverup

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2021

In an extraordinary turn of events, Melissa DeRosa—the highest-ranking aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo—recently apologized to Democratic members of the New York State Legislature, acknowledging that the Cuomo administration had refused to share full and complete information on COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents. Worse yet, DeRosa reportedly admitted that the administration’s refusal to share…

Infant Recovery Bill Aids Opioid-Withdrawing Babies

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2021

In late January, the New York State Senate Health Committee advanced Bill S.1409-Rivera, the Infant Recovery Centers Bill. Bill S.1409-Rivera would respond to the needs of infants suffering from opioid withdrawal by creating an infant recovery centers pilot program. Under this legislation, the New York State Department of Health would open at least four recovery…

Paulin Reintroduces Assisted Suicide Bill

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2021

On February 1, 2021, Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) reintroduced her physician-assisted suicide legislation in the New York State Assembly. Bill A.4321-Paulin would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to certain terminally ill adults that formally request such drugs. Physician-assisted suicide bills have been introduced in New York since 2016, but no such bill has passed…