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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.

Women Speak Out Against Legalizing Prostitution

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

Last month, Albany Update reported on efforts by advocates to legalize prostitution in New York. This month, we are pleased to report that opponents of legalized prostitution are pushing back. At a recent Albany press conference held by women’s rights groups, Rev. Dr. Que English, founder of Not On My Watch Inc., spoke of the…

Legislative Session Enters Last Lap

By Albany Update | Jun 3, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out his priorities for the remainder of the state legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 19. As usual, the Governor’s priorities are questionable at best. However, his words offer some encouraging signs for Christian New Yorkers. On May 28, Gov. Cuomo stated that his end-of-session priorities include…

Cuomo Brings Pressure To Bear On Paid Surrogacy

By Albany Update | May 28, 2019

The 2019 state legislative session is scheduled to conclude on June 19, 2019. As the final days of the session wind down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the passage of paid surrogacy legislation. At a May 22 LGBTQ fundraiser in the Manhattan neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen, Gov. Cuomo—in his typically heavy-handed manner—asserted that…

Medical Society Reaffirms Opposition to Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | May 28, 2019

It is quite common for the left to appeal to experts in various fields to buttress its agenda. On matters ranging from same-sex “marriage” to sexual orientation change to intelligent design, the left has consistently worked to marshal support from scholars and professional associations in an attempt to persuade judges, policymakers, and the public to…

Pro-Life Laws Sweeping Across America

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 15, 2019, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed House Bill 314, the “Human Life Protection Act,” into law. When signing the bill, Gov. Ivey said, “‘Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the…

Helming Born-Alive Bill Rejected By Senate Democrats

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

One of the many horrifying aspects of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) that was passed here in New York in January is its removal of legal protections for viable babies born alive following late-term abortion procedures. Before the RHA was enacted, Public Health Law § 4164(2) mandated that a viable infant born alive following an…

New Hope Family Services May Be Heading To Appeal

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 16, 2019, U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino dismissed the federal lawsuit filed by New Hope Family Services. New Hope Family Services, a Christian adoption agency based in Syracuse, had sued to challenge state regulations requiring agencies not to “discriminate” on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation in connection with adoption placements.…

Reliving ‘Alive From New York’: Full Rebroadcast

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

On Saturday, May 4, Focus on the Family, our public policy partner and ally, made history by holding a huge pro-life event at Times Square in Manhattan. Attended by over ten thousand people, the “Alive from New York” event was held in response to the passage of the Reproductive Health Act earlier this year. Speakers…

Youth Depression And Attempted Suicide On The Rise

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

Earlier this year, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology published a disturbing study showing that depression and suicide attempts have markedly increased among American youth in recent years. The causes for this increase are disputed. The study points to suicide contagion, “the phenomenon by which exposure to one suicide death can trigger suicidal behavior in others.”…

Adoption Tax Deduction Bill On The Move

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

As a Christian organization that promotes strong families, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms advocates for pro-adoption public policy. Over the years, we have lobbied in Albany for bills that would address financial concerns that might discourage families from adoption. While the State Legislature has repeatedly passed such bills, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly vetoed them.…

Judge Blocks Protect Life Rule

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized the Protect Life Rule. The Protect Life Rule would remove an existing requirement that federally-funded family planning clinics offer abortion counseling and referrals. It would also ensure that family planning funds are used in accordance with federal law, which bars such funds from…

Pro-Abortion Politicians Seek To Silence Pro-Life Speech

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2019

Christians and other pro-life individuals across New York and the nation were horrified when the so-called Reproductive Health Act became law in January 2019. That horror turned to outrage when Gov. Andrew Cuomo lit One World Trade Center in pink to celebrate his “victory.” To make matters worse, New York has enacted an abortion pill…

NYCF’s May Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

During the month of May, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms humbly asks that our friends and supporters throughout the Empire State remember the following prayer requests: That the 2019 legislative session would come to an end without the passage of any more destructive and ungodly laws; Specifically, that bills to legalize recreational marijuana, paid surrogacy,…

Cuomo Expands Coverage For Abortion-Causing Drugs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

On April 12, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage  Act  (CCCA)  (Bill S.659-A–Salazar/A.585-A–Cahill) into law. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms had successfully opposed this unnecessary and dangerous bill for several years. The CCCA requires group insurance policies issued or renewed  after January 1, 2020 to cover abortion-causing drugs,  voluntary  sterilization  procedures,  and …

After Skirmish, Schimminger Saves Lobby For Life Day

By Albany Update | Apr 18, 2019

Yesterday, New York State Right to Life (NYSRTL) announced that it would hold its 2019 Lobby for Life Day in the Well, an open area of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The event is scheduled for May 1, 2019. The organization—which has used the Well for its annual event for many years—had reportedly been…

Cuomo Signals Support For Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2019

In recent days, the New York State Senate has passed two measures designed to prevent suicide. Bill S.3806-Ramos would establish a task force for the prevention of suicide amongst Latinas, and Bill S.4467-Carlucci would establish a task force for the prevention of suicide amongst black youth. Suicide prevention efforts are important. However, physician-assisted suicide undercuts…