Protecting Human Life

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

Cuomo Correctly Criticized For Nursing Home Travesty

By Albany Update | May 4, 2020

In recent weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been criticized for failing to adequately protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus. This criticism is well-founded. On March 25, 2020, the New York State Department of Health sent an advisory document to nursing home administrators. Like many government documents that bear non-threatening labels such as “advisory,” “guidance,”…

State Health Department Reverses Do-Not-Resuscitate Guidelines

By Albany Update | Apr 23, 2020

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms was ready to pen a commentary denouncing a new set of DNR (do not resuscitate) guidelines recently put forth by the New York State Health Department, but we received a pleasant surprise: The guidelines were withdrawn almost immediately. On April 21, 2020, the New York Post broke a story about…

Samaritan’s Purse Despite Service, Still Vilified

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2020

While the COVID-19 epidemic continues to wreak havoc in the State of New York and across the nation, Samaritan’s Purse continues to serve the Lord by providing needed medical care to coronavirus patients in New York City. As Albany Update has previously reported, Samaritan’s Purse—a Christian disaster relief charity—has opened a 68-bed tent hospital in…

Planned Parenthood Downsizes During Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 13, 2020

In recent days, the COVID-19 outbreak has continued to wreak havoc in New York and across the nation. This is a time of grief and sadness for many of our neighbors. As of April 7, there were 138,836 known coronavirus infections in the state and 5,489 coronavirus-related deaths. It is also a time of fear.…

Empire State Passes Fiscal Plan During Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 4, 2020

The New York State Legislature has passed a budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed that budget into law. This year’s budget process was strikingly different than the budget process in previous years. Social distancing was in place as legislators voted remotely or in small groups. Many wore face masks and latex gloves. The Capitol was…

AG James Fights To Keep Abortion Clinics Open During Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 4, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the State of Texas won an important appeal allowing it to implement Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-09. A panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Gov. Abbott’s order may go into effect while a legal challenge from the abortion industry continues to be considered in court.…

Tell Cuomo To Focus On Finance, Keep Controversy Out Of The Budget

By Albany Update | Mar 29, 2020

The 2020-2021 New York State Budget is due to be passed no later than April 1, 2020. Obviously, the coronavirus outbreak has complicated the effort to negotiate and pass the budget in a timely manner. To date, four Members of the State Legislature have tested positive for the coronavirus. The workplace restrictions and social distancing…

Cuomo: ‘First Order Of Business Is Saving Lives’

By Albany Update | Mar 28, 2020

Listen to this: “‘My mother is not expendable and your mother is not expendable. We’re not going to accept a premise that human life is disposable, and we’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life. First order of business is saving lives, period, whatever it costs. … That’s what I think it…

Grieving Parents Could Find Support In Stillborn Bill

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2020

A bill in the New York State Legislature would provide tax relief to parents grieving the loss of a stillborn child. Bill S.3709-Mayer/A.7468-Buchwald, the Stillborn Child Tax Credit Bill, would provide the parents of a stillborn child with a one-time refundable tax credit of $2,000. The bill memorandum states that the bill’s purpose is “to…

Emergency Contraception Posters Equal Tax-Funded Abortion Promotion

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2020

Some members of the New York State Legislature want to use your tax dollars to promote so-called “emergency contraception” at public colleges and universities. Bill S.5089-Parker/A.4831-Englebright, the Public University Emergency Contraception Education Act, would require all of New York’s public colleges and universities to display posters and disseminate “informational materials” regarding “emergency contraception.” The posters…

TAKE ACTION: Tell Sen. Schumer His Dangerous Rhetoric Is Wrong

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2020

On March 4, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (previously known as June Medical Services v. Gee), a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana statute that requires abortion practitioners to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic in which they perform abortions. In addition, a…

Democrat Senators Schumer And Gillibrand Doom Pro-Life Legislation

By Albany Update | Feb 29, 2020

On Tuesday, February 24, two pro-life bills received cloture votes in the United States Senate. Those two bills were the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA) and another bill that would have banned abortions performed upon unborn babies who have reached a gestational age of 20 or more weeks. Sadly, the votes failed, leaving…

Cuomo Rolls Out Contractual Surrogacy Campaign

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2020

Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a troubling new campaign to push for the passage of paid surrogacy legislation within the 2020-2021 New York State Budget. Echoing past movements for same-sex “marriage” and adoption by same-sex couples, the campaign asserts that “love makes a family.” Furthermore, the Governor has formed a Love Makes…

Ten Bad Bills Pending in Albany

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2020

At the New York State Capitol in Albany, thousands of bills are introduced for consideration every year. Many of those bills are inconsequential, many are ill-advised, and a few are good. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms spends a significant chunk of its resources on a fourth category of Albany bills: Bills that are morally unacceptable…

Pregnancy Center Bill Withdrawn From Senate Consideration

By Albany Update | Feb 17, 2020

On February 10, 2020, the New York State Senate Women’s Issues Committee was scheduled to meet in Albany. The committee calendar indicated that the pregnancy center disclosure bill, Bill S.2264-Hoylman/A.2352-Glick, would be considered that day. As Albany Update has previously reported, the pregnancy center disclosure bill would compel pro-life pregnancy centers, “upon first communication or…

Reed Joins Pelosi-Led House In ‘Expanding Right To Abortion’ Vote

By Albany Update | Feb 17, 2020

On Thursday, February 13, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 232-183, to eliminate the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratification deadline. The ERA would amend the United States Constitution to include an explicit ban on sex discrimination. At first blush, the ERA seems unobjectionable. The proposed amendment reads as follows: “Equality of rights under the law…