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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.

Federal Agency Seeks Public Comment On Family Planning Funding

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has previously reported that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced proposed amendments to the Title X Family Planning Grant Program. If adopted, the proposed amendment would [require] clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is…

A Bitter Pill For Advocates Of Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

With the 2018 state legislative session having drawn to a close, New Yorkers who respect human life can rejoice in the fact that physician-assisted suicide legislation did not pass either house of the New York State Legislature this year. On May 23, 2016, a physician-assisted suicide bill was narrowly approved by the Assembly Health Committee.…

New York Health Act is Bad Medicine

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 14, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the New York Health Act (Bill S.4840-A-Rivera/A.4738-A-Gottfried) by a vote of 91 to 46. The Assembly has passed this legislation for the past four years. According to the bill memo, the New York Health Act would “create a universal single payer health plan—New York Health—to…

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

By Albany Update | Jun 26, 2018

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in the matter of NIFLA v. Becerra. In this case, pro-life pregnancy centers challenged a California law (the so-called FACT Act) that would require licensed pregnancy centers to provide information about the availability of abortion, including a phone number where abortion referrals could…

Senate Passes IVF Insurance Mandate; Bill Fails in Assembly

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On the final day of the regular 2018 legislative session in Albany, the New York State Senate passed Bill 8441-B-Phillips, the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Insurance Mandate. As Albany Update has previously reported, this bill is objectionable on pro-life grounds. In vitro fertilization often results in the freezing of “extra” embryos, many of which are…

The State Legislative Session Is Over—For Now

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, in the wee hours of the morning, the New York State Senate adjourned. That adjournment marked the end of the 2018 legislative session in Albany, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo may call the Legislature back to Albany later this year to handle some unfinished business. Thankfully, Senate Republicans were able to hold…

Proposed IVF Mandate Raises Pro-Life Concerns

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

The proposed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Insurance Mandate (Bill S.8441-A-Phillips) would require insurance policies that cover hospital, surgical, or medical care to provide $50,000 of coverage for in vitro fertilization. This legislation is ill-advised. In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology in which an embryo is made in a test tube and injected into…

NYCF-Supported Bills Sail Through Senate Education

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Two bills supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recently advanced through the New York State Senate Education Committee. The first of the two bills is the Homeschool Equal Access Bill (Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner). The Homeschool Equal Access Bill would require fair practices by institutions of higher education in regard to the admission of homeschooled high…

Pro-Life Democrats Are An Endangered Species

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

The recent State Senate drama surrounding abortion expansion is driven by arithmetic. Because Republicans—with the help of Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn)—hold a 32-31 Senate majority, and because Republican Sen. Tom Croci (R-Islip) is on active duty in the U.S. Navy, the Senate is deadlocked. This deadlock has given Senate Democrats an opportunity to pressure…

Senate Abortion Expansion Saga Continues

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Last week’s Albany Update reported on State Senate Democrats’ attempts to force floor votes on abortion expansion and on an abortion pill insurance mandate. We’d love to be able to say that this battle is over, but it isn’t. Over the past week, Senate Democrats continued their efforts to force votes on these horrendous bills.…

Senate GOP Stands Firm Against Democrats’ Abortion Expansion Demands

By Albany Update | Jun 2, 2018

Last week, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and other pro-life allies faced a near-crisis in the New York State Senate, as Senate Democrats attempted to force votes on two pro-abortion bills. Which two pro-abortion bills, you ask? The abortion pill insurance mandate known as the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) (A.9957-Cahill) and—worse yet—the cruel, barbaric…

State Teachers’ Union Needs A Schooling

By Albany Update | May 27, 2018

Unions are supposed to bargain for better pay and benefits, but unfortunately much of the dues they collect gets spent on political and social activism. Too often, unions promote a radical agenda at odds with the Christian values that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is working so hard to preserve and share. For example, if…

Congressional Candidate Tries To Have It Both Ways On Abortion

By Albany Update | May 26, 2018

Deuteronomy 30:19: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live…” A funny thing is happening in Syracuse: A Democratic candidate for Congress is trying to be pro-life and pro-choice…

HHS Proposes Pro-Life Amendments to Title X Regulations

By Albany Update | May 26, 2018

In a victory for the pro-life movement, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced proposed amendments to the Title X Family Planning Grant Program. If adopted, the proposed amendments would make several positive changes. First, HHS has stated that the amendments would “[require] clear financial and physical separation between Title…

Miscarriage Bill Offers Comfort To Grieving Parents

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

A new bill introduced this year in the New York State Legislature would help families who are grieving the loss of a child through miscarriage. Bill S.7863-Tedisco/A.10013-Crespo provides that “[in] the case of a spontaneous fetal death at any gestational age, the attending physician…shall ensure that the mother of the fetus is informed of her…

Assembly Has A Hearing Problem With Paid Surrogacy

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

As Albany Update has previously reported, the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Judiciary Committee have scheduled a joint hearing on paid surrogacy. The proposed paid surrogacy legislation, known as the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA) (Bill S.17-A-Hoylman/A.6959-A-Paulin), is one of the most misleadingly named bills we have ever seen. The hearing is to be held on…