Protecting Human Life

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

Election 2020: Newcomer Liz Joy v. Incumbent Paul Tonko (NY-20)

By Albany Update | Oct 7, 2020

This week, Albany Update profiles the congressional race in New York’s 20th Congressional District. The district includes all of Albany and Schenectady Counties, eastern Montgomery County, western Rensselaer County, and southern Saratoga County. In this contest, incumbent Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) faces Liz Joy (R-Schenectady). Rep. Tonko—running on the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families Party…

President Trump Signs Born-Alive Order

By Albany Update | Oct 7, 2020

On September 25, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children. While federal law already offers some protection for born-alive infants, the President’s order contains additional directions for the Secretary of Health and Human Services in regard to this important issue. The order directs the Secretary to ensure…

NYFRF Releases Nonpartisan Voter Guide

By Albany Update | Oct 6, 2020

On Tuesday, November 3, voters across the nation will cast their ballots for President of the United States. Here in New York, voters will also cast ballots for U.S. House of Representatives, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, and various local offices. New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, NYCF’s educational arm, is committed to…

A Review Of The Republican National Convention

By Albany Update | Sep 1, 2020

The 2020 Republican National Convention took place from Monday, August 24 to Thursday, August 27, 2020. The theme of this year’s convention was “Honoring the Great American Story,” and each day of the convention highlighted a different aspect of that theme (the Land of Promise, the Land of Opportunity, the Land of Heroes, and the…

Justice Department Requests New York Nursing Home Information

By Albany Update | Sep 1, 2020

On August 26, 2020, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had requested COVID-19 information from the governors of four states—Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania—in which nursing homes had been ordered to admit patients who tested positive for the coronavirus. The Civil Rights Division stated that it…

Weisenberg Urges COVID Hearings For Developmentally Disabled

By Albany Update | Aug 24, 2020

Recently, the New York State Legislature has held hearings on the impact of COVID-19 upon nursing homes in the Empire State. Other hearings have been held to discuss COVID-19 in the context of mass transit, education, and elections. Former Asm. Harvey Weisenberg believes that an additional set of hearings is needed to learn more about…

Nursing Home Hearings Leave Unanswered Questions

By Albany Update | Aug 16, 2020

Committees of the New York State Legislature have held two hearings in the month of August in regard to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing homes and hospitals. While the hearings were a step in the right direction, they left many questions unanswered. One key question that remains unanswered is: How many New…

Dutch Proposal Demonstrates Assisted Suicide’s Slippery Slope

By Albany Update | Aug 16, 2020

Since legalizing physician-assisted suicide in 2002, the Netherlands has become well-known throughout Europe and beyond for its callous disregard for human life. A recent proposal would, if enacted, make the situation even worse. Assisted suicide is already available upon request in the Netherlands for persons aged 16 or older who experience “‘unbearable suffering, without prospect…

Pre-Term Labor Bill Passes Both Legislative Houses

By Albany Update | Aug 10, 2020

Last month, both houses of the New York State Legislature passed the Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law to protect pregnant mothers who experience pre-term labor. The Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law (Bill S.8525-Montgomery/A.2770-C-Bichotte) was introduced by Asm. Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn). The bill is named for the Assemblywoman’s deceased son. Asm. Bichotte recently shared her personal experience with…

State Legislature Launches Nursing Home Hearings

By Albany Update | Aug 3, 2020

On July 11, 2020, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms joined a chorus of voices in calling for hearings and an investigation on the impact of the Cuomo administration’s disastrous nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears that the chorus of voices has been heard. A group of six state legislative committees has scheduled…

New Hope Wins at Second Circuit Court of Appeals

By Albany Update | Jul 28, 2020

On July 21, 2020, Christian adoption provider New Hope Family Services won an important legal victory for religious freedom at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of New Hope Family Services v. Poole. Based in Syracuse, New York, New Hope Family Services has been in existence for over 50 years. The State…

Planned Parenthood Attempts To Erase Racist Roots

By Albany Update | Jul 28, 2020

On July 21, 2020, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York announced that it would remove the name of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, from its Manhattan abortion facility due to her “‘harmful connections to the eugenics movement.’” According to the New York Daily News, Karen Seltzer, the organization’s chair, asserted that the “‘removal of Margaret…

State Releases New Guidance for Group Homes

By Albany Update | Jul 28, 2020

On July 10, 2020, the State of New York’s Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) released new guidance for group homes for the disabled. According to CBS 6 News, home visits and community outings had been banned since March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidelines, which went into effect on July…

Under New Rules, Nursing Home Visits Allowed Again

By Albany Update | Jul 20, 2020

On July 10, 2020, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced that nursing home residents would once again be allowed to receive visits. According to WRGZ.com, New York nursing homes had been forbidden from allowing visitors since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new DOH rules, nursing homes that have been…

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…