Protecting Human Life

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

NYCF Opposes In Vitro Fertilization Coverage Mandate

By Albany Update | May 21, 2017

In recent decades, science has yielded a variety of advances in the area of assisted reproductive technology. While some of these advances make childbearing possible for the one in eight American couples that experience infertility, they also raise a variety of bioethical concerns. In particular, the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is morally problematic.…

Krueger’s Equal Rights Amendment Deletes Equal Protection Language

By Albany Update | May 21, 2017

Earlier this month, Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) introduced a proposed amendment to the New York State Constitution. The Albany Times Union reported that the proposed amendment (S.6354-Krueger) would “enshrine equal rights in New York’s constitution for every person.” This characterization is misleading. The first problem with Sen. Krueger’s proposal is that it is based on…

Hoylman’s Unhappiness

By Albany Update | May 12, 2017

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) is a far-left legislator from New York City with whom New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is frequently at odds. The Senator—who resides with a male partner, with whom he is raising a daughter conceived through a surrogate—aggressively promotes an agenda that can best be described as enthusiastically pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, and anti-religious.…

Pro-Abortion Pastors Promote Planned Parenthood Proposals

By Albany Update | May 12, 2017

On May 9, 2017, a group called Concerned Clergy for Choice visited the New York State Capitol to advocate for abortion and for birth control mandates, two of Planned Parenthood’s legislative priorities. Following the visit, representatives of the group were interviewed by left-leaning reporter Liz Benjamin on Spectrum News. There is nothing unprecedented about the…

The Latest On New York’s Assisted Suicide Legislation

By Albany Update | May 12, 2017

As our friends and listeners know, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is working with an alliance of other organizations to block physician-assisted suicide legislation from becoming law in New York. This legislation violates basic norms of justice and respect for human life. This week, we have good news and bad news to report regarding physician-assisted…

Special-Needs Bill Adoption Bill Sails Through Senate

By Albany Update | May 12, 2017

In 2016, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supported the passage of a bill providing for a tax deduction for the adoptive parents of special needs children. While the bill passed both Houses of the State Legislature, it was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This year, NYCF has worked to draft and introduce Bill S.4492-Golden/A.6800-Joyner, which…

Proposed Legislation Puts Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers In The Crosshairs

By Albany Update | May 5, 2017

In 21st-century America, some voices on the Left often describe their perspective using terms like “freedom” and “tolerance.” Sadly, coercive aspects of the Left’s political agenda fail to fit that description. One instance of the Left’s efforts to silence dissent from its agenda is the proposed state legislation that would force pro-life pregnancy centers to…

Parental Notification Should Be Minimum Requirement In New York

By Albany Update | May 5, 2017

Due to the illegitimate and unconstitutional Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973, states are required to allow abortions to be performed in many circumstances. However, there are some incremental steps that states can take to protect women and unborn children from abortion without running afoul of federal courts.…

The Time Is Now: Defund Planned Parenthood

By Albany Update | May 2, 2017

Discussions continue to swirl in Washington, D.C. about the potential passage of a health care reform bill using the complex process of budget reconciliation. As of this writing, it appears that Republican congressional leaders are close to agreeing upon a legislative package that could receive majority support in the House of Representatives. As these discussions…

The Left’s Contraception Fixation

By Albany Update | May 2, 2017

From the Obamacare insurance mandate to the proposed Contraceptive Contraception Coverage Act on the state level, recent legislative and regulatory activity makes it plain that contraception—and, specifically, requiring employers or the government to pay for other people’s contraception—is a major priority on the Left. The proposed Contraceptive Insurance Notification Mandate is further evidence of the…

Asm. Marcos Crespo Sponsors Pro-Life Budget Amendment

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2017

“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth…

Congress, End Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood Now!

By Albany Update | Apr 7, 2017

America’s largest abortion provider is in the news again. The Center for Medical Progress recently released another investigative video on Planned Parenthood. In the video, a former Planned Parenthood medical director is asked about the procedure for verifying signs of life in a baby that survives an abortion. The doctor responds, “‘Well…the key is, you…

States Aren’t Buying Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Apr 3, 2017

The push to legalize physician-assisted suicide isn’t limited to the State of New York; in fact, according to Baptist Press, bills that would legalize physician-assisted suicide have been introduced in 24 states this year. However, proponents of assisted death—both here and in other states—are finding it difficult to garner support. Not a single state has…

Obamacare Repeal: What Went Wrong

By Albany Update | Apr 3, 2017

On March 24, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that their health insurance reform legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would not be brought to the floor of the House of Representatives. The bill failed to receive the support of a majority of the Members of the House; while most…

Congressman Faso Continues To Falter On Planned Parenthood Funding

By Albany Update | Mar 16, 2017

Should Planned Parenthood continue to receive taxpayer funding? For any pro-life American (and even for some Americans who identify as pro-choice), the answer is a clear “no.” Unfortunately, instead of standing firm on this important question, Republican Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) has been faltering. As some readers and listeners will recall, on Friday, January 27,…

Democrats Demand More Money For Planned Parenthood

By Albany Update | Mar 15, 2017

March is budget season in Albany. During the budget process, each House of the State Legislature submits a “one-house” budget resolution that lays out its priorities for the upcoming budget negotiations. This year, the Assembly’s Democratic majority released a one-house budget resolution that reportedly included $750,000 in new funding for Planned Parenthood. According to State…