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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.

Coming Up: Hearings on Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2018

Friends and supporters of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms know that we adamantly oppose physician-assisted suicide. We stand against any legislation that allows or facilitates the taking of innocent human life. As a Christian organization, we reject the proposition that the life of any human being is rendered valueless by a terminal illness. We also…

What Would A Senate Democratic Majority Leader Mean For Social Issues?

By Albany Update | Apr 15, 2018

Last week, Albany Update reported that the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)—which has been in existence in the New York State Senate since 2011—was reuniting with the rest of the Senate Democratic Conference. Thus far, it appears that the reunification is taking effect. For Democrats, reunification is not the goal; it is merely a step toward…

New York Finalizes Budget Without Abortion Expansion

By Albany Update | Mar 31, 2018

The 2019 New York State Budget has been finalized. The State Senate passed its final budget bill just after midnight on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The Assembly wrapped up its work at 4:00 AM the same day. Here at New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we have been busy working to prevent divisive social-issue legislation like…

Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Case Looks Promising

By Albany Update | Mar 23, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra. As Albany Update has previously reported, NIFLA is a constitutional challenge to California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act (also known as the FACT Act), which requires pro-life pregnancy centers to inform clients about the…

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Head To The High Court

By Albany Update | Mar 17, 2018

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States have been scheduled for March 20, 2018 in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case that has major implications for pro-life pregnancy centers and free speech. NIFLA v. Becerra arises out of a legal challenge to California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act (also known as…

Assisting Suicide Is No Act Of Love

By Albany Update | Mar 17, 2018

According to Time magazine, Charlie and Francie Emerick of Portland, Oregon committed physician-assisted suicide together on April 20, 2017. The Emericks—who were in their late eighties, had been married for 66 years, and were both terminally ill—obtained lethal drugs through legal means pursuant to their state’s assisted suicide law. Two of their daughters assisted them…

Cuomo Praises Planned Parenthood President

By Albany Update | Mar 16, 2018

Tuesday, March 13 was not a banner day in Albany. On that date, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts gathered for its annual Albany event. Ironically, they met in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center—the same venue that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms uses for Legislative Day. Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund,…

Oregon Shows Assisted Suicide Is A Slippery Slope

By Albany Update | Mar 12, 2018

Assisted suicide advocates often point to the State of Oregon—where physician-assisted suicide has been legal since 1997—as proof that physician-assisted suicide laws do not lead to unforeseen negative consequences and do not create a “slippery slope” toward further infringements upon the right to life. As it turns out, they might want to take another look.…

NYCF Supports Congressional Resolution Opposing Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Mar 3, 2018

As our friends and supporters know, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is strongly committed to defending New York’s existing laws against assisted suicide. Thankfully, some Members of Congress have taken a similar stand. Last year, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OK) introduced House Concurrent Resolution 80. If passed, H.Con.Res. 80 would “[express] the sense of the Congress…

State Senate Opioid Task Force Meets in Binghamton

By Albany Update | Feb 12, 2018

In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in the abuse of the class of drugs known as opioids. Opioids are highly addictive pain-relieving drugs that include heroin and various prescription medications like hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl. The opioid crisis has affected the State of New York and the entire nation; according…

U.S. Senate Fails to Ban Late-Term Abortion

By Albany Update | Feb 5, 2018

The State of New York is represented in the United States Senate by Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Both senators have long, odious histories of enthusiastic support for abortion. Sen. Schumer—who served as Senate Minority Leader—is an outspoken defender of Planned Parenthood who attracted media attention last year after inaccurately stating that the…

Supreme Court To Hear Pregnancy Center Case

By Albany Update | Feb 5, 2018

On March 20, the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to hear a case that has major implications for pro-life pregnancy centers and free speech. The case, NIFLA v. Becerra, deals with California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act, also known as the FACT Act. According to Fox News, this law requires…

Senate Signals No Support For Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion

By Albany Update | Feb 3, 2018

Albany Update has previously reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has littered his 2019 budget proposal with left-wing priorities that have little or no fiscal impact. Those priorities include an emergency contraception insurance mandate, a study on the potential legalization of recreational marijuana, a so-called “equal rights” amendment that could allow courts to read “transgender rights”…

The Tide Is Turning

By Albany Update | Jan 26, 2018

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues his assault on the sanctity of life here in New York, the news from Washington, D.C. is very different. On the national level, the tide is turning—and it’s turning against abortion. Here are a few encouraging signs from our nation’s capital: On Thursday, January 18, the Trump Administration announced the…

Cuomo Pushes Abortion Expansion In Budget

By Albany Update | Jan 26, 2018

In 2013, pro-life allies across New York banded together to defeat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill. Since that time, the Governor’s abortion expansion efforts have been on the back burner in Albany—until now. As Albany Update reported last week, Gov. Cuomo has included abortion expansion language in his proposed New York State Budget. The…

New Surrogacy Report Births Confusion

By Albany Update | Jan 20, 2018

In 1992, Gov. Mario Cuomo signed legislation banning paid surrogacy in the State of New York. Paid surrogacy is the practice in which a woman is paid to become pregnant, carry an unborn child to term, and—after the child is born—to relinquish that child to the person or persons who paid for her services. This…