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New Laws in New York State Threaten Human Life and Dignity
May 2020

At the same time that this pandemic crisis is whirling around us, it is important not to become so distracted so as to ignore the world that continues “in the background.”  For example, the New York State budget passed on April 3 included a measure to legalize commercial gestational surrogacy.  This was a high priority advocated by the governor despite strong opposition by the New York State Catholic Conference.  The law allows monetary compensation for a woman to carry a pregnancy intended for another couple — essentially, a mother’s womb may now be rented in New York... Please read more on this issue and others from our Diocesan Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics

Take action on legislative issues through The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)

Support Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

Legislation designed to intimidate and silence pro-life pregnancy centers has passed through a Senate Committee and can be voted on by the full Senate at any time. The bill, S.2264 (Senator Hoylman) / A.2352 (Assembly Member Glick), would force pregnancy centers to disclose to prospective clients the services they do not provide (i.e. abortion), or face stiff penalties. This legislation is unnecessary, as it seeks to address a problem that does not exist, and discriminatory, as it seeks to silence all pro-life speech and actions, leaving pregnant women with only the "choice" of abortion. Please urge your lawmakers to oppose this bill. 

Bishops urge Senate vote and passage of Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

On February 4, the U.S. Senate failed to adopt by unanimous consent the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act -- legislation that would ensure that a child born alive during or following an abortion attempt would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (BAASPA) insists that doctors must provide the same care as he/she would for any other child born at that same gestational age if an abortion had not been attempted. It also requires the newborn to be immediately transferred to a hospital, thus ensuring the baby is provided with appropriate neonatal care outside the influence of the provider who was paid to end his/her life.

While surviving an abortion is rare, survivors have poignantly told their stories before Congress and urged lawmakers to take a greater interest in protecting other children who are at risk of being killed or allowed to die because they were intended to be aborted.

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Let your Senator know that you are against abortion expansion and codifying Roe vs Wade!

On January 22, the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, Governor Cuomo signed into law the dangerous “Abortion Expansion Act”.  Below is the official statement released on January 17, 2019, from the Catholic Bishops of New York State:

A Statement from the Catholic Bishops of New York State regarding the Abortion Expansion Act

"Words are insufficient to describe the profound sadness we feel at the contemplated passage of New York State’s new proposed abortion policy. We mourn the unborn infants who will lose their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak as a result.

The so-called “Reproductive Health Act” will expand our state’s already radically permissive law, by empowering more health practitioners to provide abortion and removing all state restrictions on late-term procedures. With an abortion rate that is already double the national average, New York law is moving in the wrong direction.

We renew our pledge to offer the resources and services of our charitable agencies and health services to any woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, to support her in bearing her infant, raising her family or placing her child for adoption. There are life-affirming choices available, and we aim to make them more widely known and accessible.

Our Governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress. Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death. Would that not make us truly the most enlightened and progressive state in the nation?"

EXPRESS YOUR VIEW ON ABORTION EXPANSION - Now that the legislature has passed and enacted the Abortion Expansion Act, we must hold our lawmakers accountable. Please use the message form below to let your elected officials know how you feel about how they voted.  Voters can visit the New York State Catholic Conference's Catholic Action Network or the New York State Senate's Find Your Senator page to send messages directly to their representative. 

Go HERE to send a message to your elected officials about their vote. When you sign up with your address, the NYS Catholic Conference advocacy tool will automatically send your Senator and Assembly Member a message based on their vote, expressing either your gratitude or your "grave disappointment."

Physician-Assisted Suicide 
  In an important pro-life victory, advocates for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide failed to get a vote on the bill in any committee in either house, despite Gov. Cuomo indicating his support for the first time. The Conference, and our allies in the NY Alliance Against Assisted Suicide, were successful in highlighting the many dangerous consequences of such a policy. Interestingly, both houses passed a number of bills designed to prevent suicide for specific vulnerable populations, such as black and Latina youth, people living in rural areas, veterans, etc.
Restrict State Funding of Abortion
Abolish the Death Penalty in NYS
Ensure Informed Consent
Fairness for Human Service Providers
Promote and Support Adoption