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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.

Speaker Pelosi’s House Lurches Increasingly Left

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

Under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the U.S. House of Representatives has recently passed several bills that highlight the increasingly radicalized ideology of the American left. On June 13, 2019, the House voted, 225-193, to pass a bill amendment that would “block the Trump administration’s recent ban on using federal funds to…

Paid Surrogacy Doesn’t Deliver In Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

Recently, Albany Update reported that the New York State Senate passed paid surrogacy legislation. This week, we are grateful to report that the New York State Assembly declined to vote upon this legislation during the 2019 regular legislative session. On June 20, 2019, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie acknowledged that Assembly Democrats lacked the votes to…

Physician-Assisted Suicide Flatlines In Albany

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

For several years now, advocates have been working hard to add New York to the list of states that have legalized physician-assisted suicide. They have failed in 2019. This year’s regular legislative session has come to a close without a single vote being held on this divisive, unnecessary, and destructive proposal. Bill S.3947-Savino/A.2694-Paulin would reverse…

New York Politicians Find New Ways To Further Abortion Extremism

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2019

Earlier this year, the State of New York became an object of national revulsion when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into law and lit up One World Trade Center in celebration. Some pro-abortion New York politicians want to go even further. Last month, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer proposed to…

Senate Passes Paid Surrogacy

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2019

On Monday, June 11, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would legalize paid surrogacy in New York. The legislation, Bill S.2071-B-Hoylman/A.1071-C-Paulin, was passed by a vote of 40-21. Thirty-eight Democratic senators were joined by two Senate Republicans—Sens. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and Betty Little (R-Queensbury)—in supporting the bill, while 19 Republicans and…

Senate To Take Up Paid Surrogacy Tuesday

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

Albany Update has previously reported on the ongoing effort to legalize paid surrogacy in New York. A vote on the paid surrogacy bill is planned in the State Senate on Tuesday, June 11 despite the fact that, as of June 10, the bill has not been acted upon by any Senate Committee. Furthermore, the Senate’s…

Trump Administration Takes Additional Action On Life And Liberty

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

The deeply divided and hyperpartisan nature of the current Congress makes it difficult to pass meaningful legislation in Washington, D.C. However, the Trump administration continues to take executive actions to advance principles of life and liberty. Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule “that would increase protections…

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.”…