Protecting Human Life

Genesis 4:9-10: “And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And [the Lord] said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) is New York’s evangelical Christian advocacy organization. Our mission is to influence legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we look ahead to the 2021 legislative session in Albany, we thank the Lord that amidst the deep challenges that have faced New Yorkers in 2020—a worldwide pandemic that has led to sickness and death for thousands, massive changes to our way of life due to COVID-related concerns and mandates, government restrictions on church gatherings, violent civil unrest, economic hardship, fear, and isolation—we worship and serve the “Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17b). While the circumstances of our lives and our society may change, Jesus Christ remains “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Because we follow the one true God as revealed in the Bible, our purposes remain constant just as He remains constant. In 2021, with God’s help, NYCF will advocate in Albany for four Biblically-based policy goals: The protection of human life, the promotion of strong families, the preservation of religious liberty, and the proclamation of justice and mercy.

The protection of human life is not just a national ideal or a legal principle. It is a fundamental Biblical principle. The Sixth Commandment forbids murder (Exodus 20:13). In multiple Scriptural passages, the Lord emphatically denounces the evil of human sacrifice (Leviticus 18:21; Jeremiah 19:1-6). In Psalm 139, the Lord provides a beautiful description of His direct involvement in the creation of new life in the womb. In Proverbs 6:16-19, God expresses His hatred for “hands that shed innocent blood”. In Proverbs 24:10-12, the Lord reminds His people that if they fail to rescue persons being led to the slaughter, He will know of their inaction. And in Genesis 1:27, God says that He made mankind in His image.

As bearers of the divine image, human beings are of great value and worth in the sight of our Creator. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms works in Albany to protect vulnerable human lives at every stage of development. Along with other pro-life allies, we spent more than a decade fighting to block an abortion expansion bill from becoming law. (Sadly, we lost that battle in 2019). We are also a leading voice against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Without the right to life, the other rights protected in our Constitution and our laws are rendered meaningless.

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