Respect Life

NYS Catholic Conference Action Center
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ACTION ALERT! 

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 following an abortion 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.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in response:

       "Last night, the United States Senate had an opportunity to unanimously declare to the nation that infanticide is objectively wrong. That they failed to do so is unconscionable. No newborn should be left to suffer or die without medical care. It is barbaric and merciless to leave these vulnerable infants without any care or rights. Congress must take up and pass this bill and ensure that the legacy of Roe v. Wade does not extend itself from killing unborn children to killing newborn babies."

The Archbishop also sent a letter to the U.S. Senate February 5 urging the body to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor for a vote and to pass it this week. In his letter, Archbishop Naumann asked the Senate to support the "common-sense legislation" that would protect infants who survived abortion attempts.


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?"

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."


Maintain Ban on Assisted Suicide
 
Human Life Action Center!
      Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Bishop Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic  Justice and Human Development have expressed their strong support for H. Con. Res. 80, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that assisted suicide is a "deadly, discriminatory and non-compassionate practice."  Please join your voice to theirs and urge your Representative to support the resolution which calls on the Federal Government to reject assisted suicide and to ensure that every person facing death has access to the best quality and comprehensive medical and palliative health care.   
Restrict State Funding of Abortion
Abolish the Death Penalty in NYS
Ensure Informed Consent
Fairness for Human Service Providers
Promote and Support Adoption