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Evangelical Organization Expects 1,200 For Annual Lobby Day

By Albany Update | Mar 18, 2019

Albany, NY – New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), the statewide organization that educates and activates evangelical Christians regarding matters of public policy, will hold its annual Legislative Day on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Legislative Day 2019 will take place at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event…

Gillibrand, Schumer Block Passage of Born-Alive Infants Bill

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2019

Rochester, NY—Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought Sen. Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA) (Bill S.311-Sasse) to the Senate floor for potential passage. Sadly, a procedural vote on the bill failed, as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY)—along with many of their colleagues—voted “nay.” Jason J. McGuire, Executive…

HHS Finalizes New Rule on Title X Family Planning Funds

By Albany Update | Feb 22, 2019

Albany, NY—Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule revising regulations that govern the Title X family planning program. The rule is known as the Protect Life Rule. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks:  “The finalized Protect Life Rule…

Reprehensible Reproductive Health Act Becomes Law

By Albany Update | Jan 22, 2019

Albany, NY – Today, the New York State Legislature voted to pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) (Bill S.240 – Krueger/A.21 – Glick). Governor Andrew Cuomo swiftly signed the legislation into law. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following remarks: “In his recent Ellis Island address, Gov. Andrew…

An Open Letter To Legislative Leadership Regarding The Reproductive Health Act

By Albany Update | Jan 21, 2019

Earlier today, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms released an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie on the Reproductive Health Act. In that letter, we request that the legislative leaders reconsider their support for the bill and outline specific concerns with its provisions. In our view, certain aspects…

NYCF Statement On The Passage Of GENDA

By Albany Update | Jan 15, 2019

Today, the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly each passed the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA) (Bill S.1047-Hoylman/A.747-Gottfried). Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a strong supporter of GENDA, is expected to sign the bill into law. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks: …

Legislature Denies Individuals With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction Counseling Consistent With Their Faith

By Albany Update | Jan 15, 2019

Today, each house of the New York State Legislature passed legislation that denies individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction from receiving professional counseling that is consistent with their faith (S.1046–Hoylman/A.576–Glick). The legislation bans mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts—or “change therapy”—with minor clients. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is an outspoken supporter of the…

Cuomo Calls For Late-Term Abortion Amendment

By Albany Update | Jan 7, 2019

Earlier today, at a rally with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Barnard College in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the passage of a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing the “right” to abortion. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following remarks: “Gov. Andrew Cuomo…

New Hope Files Federal Challenge To Protect Its Religious Freedom Rights

By Albany Update | Dec 11, 2018

Earlier this year, New Hope Family Services—a Christian nonprofit adoption provider, foster care placement agency, and pregnancy center based in Syracuse—received a letter from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services stating that New Hope would be required to change its adoption policies or stop providing adoptions altogether. The policy that OCFS…

U.S. Senate Votes To Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh To The U.S. Supreme Court

By Albany Update | Oct 6, 2018

Albany, NY—Earlier today, the United States Senate voted on President Donald Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. By a 50-48 margin, the Senate voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.  Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Makes Abortion Expansion Vow

By Albany Update | Oct 5, 2018

Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed that if the Democratic Party takes control of the New York State Senate on Election Day, the Senate will pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) within the first 30 days of next year’s legislative session. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the…

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Nominated to U.S. Supreme Court

By Albany Update | Jul 9, 2018

Albany, NY—President Donald J. Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. A graduate of Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh worked in private practice, served in the…

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…

Supreme Court Rules: Religious Hostility Has No Place In A Pluralistic Society

By Albany Update | Jun 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who had been accused of unlawful discrimination for declining to design and create a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire,…

Cuomo’s Divisive Social Agenda Fails In Finalized State Budget

By Albany Update | Apr 3, 2018

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, the New York State Legislature completed the passage of the 2019 New York State Budget. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following remarks: “New York voters concerned about the protection of human life and religious liberty will be relieved to hear…

Roe: An Anniversary Not Worth Celebrating

By Albany Update | Jan 22, 2018

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States released its infamous decision in Roe v. Wade, holding that a fundamental right to privacy guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution included a right to abortion. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following…