Protecting Human Life

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

State Reports Regarding Deaths Of Over 700 Children Withheld

By Albany Update | Oct 17, 2020

On October 13, 2020, the Albany Times Union reported that the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has declined to release reports on the deaths of 725 children over the past 10 years. According to the Times Union, when a child who is under the supervision of the Child Protective Services…

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter Take On Religious Faith

By Albany Update | Oct 17, 2020

On October 12, 2020, during the initial day of hearings on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14) made inflammatory comments on Twitter regarding religious faith. First, the lawmaker tweeted the following: “Sick and tired of Republicans who co-opt faith as an excuse…

New Hope Wins Religious Liberty Battle, Continues to Fight The War

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2020

On October 5, 2020, a federal court ruled that an evangelical adoption agency based in Syracuse, New York may remain open while its lawsuit against the State of the New York proceeds. In New Hope Family Services v. Poole, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York (D’Agostino, J.) held that New…

Election 2020: Sen. Jen Metzger v. Mike Martucci (SD-42)

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2020

This week, Albany Update will profile the race in State Senate District 42, a Hudson Valley district that includes all of Sullivan County and portions of Orange, Ulster, and Delaware Counties. The district is currently represented by Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale). In her re-election bid, Sen. Metzger faces off against Republican Mike Martucci. Sen. Metzger…

In Debate, Vice Presidential Candidates See New Scrutiny

By Albany Update | Oct 10, 2020

On October 7, 2020, the two major party nominees for Vice President of the United States—Vice President Mike Pence (R-IN) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)—squared off in their one and only televised debate. Conventional wisdom holds that running mates usually have a negligible impact upon presidential election results. However, some pundits have speculated that because…

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…