Where Did NY Go Wrong?

crybabyIn the state of New York there were 29.5 abortions per 1,000 women.

The national average is 14.6 per 1,000 women. 

These numbers (for 2014) are from the Guttmacher Institute, a supporter of abortion rights. Nevertheless, even they are saying the abortion rate in our state is double the national average, and yet there are proabortion forces in Albany looking to give us even more abortion.

Local ‘Defund Planned Parenthood’ Rallies Part of 200 Events Nationwide

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Prolifers at the White Plains Defund Planned Parenthood rally on Rt. 119.

In Spring Valley and White Plains yesterday prolifers gathered at Planned Parenthood offices to be part of the nationwide “Defund Planned Parenthood” rally. There were 200 such rallies in cities and towns across America.

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On Perlman Drive in Spring Valley

In Rockland 22 people came to the prayer site on Perlman Drive to pray for the closure of PP in the Pascack Plaza mall and elsewhere. Fifty-two attended the rally in White Plains.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America receives $353.5 million from taxpayers. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in America. According to the #ProtestPP Coalition, this is more than 300,000 abortions a year, 30% of the total.

GET involved with #ProtestPP at the link above for updates on the congressional defunding effort and urgent calls to action.

‘The State of Abortion in the U.S.’ — A Goldmine of Info for You

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-6-49-53-pm-copy-2The 2017  “State of Abortion in the United States” has just been published and you can find it at the top of the right column of our website. It will always be there. Just click on it when you need statistics or analysis to back up your arguments in a letter to your legislator  — or just browse through for some fascinating facts like who the wealthiest supporters of abortion in America are or how public opinion polling about abortion works.

This fourth annual report contains some really good news:  There were 12.5% fewer abortions in 2014 than there were just three years earlier, when there were 1,058,490. The most recent figure of 926,190 represents a drop of 42.4% from the all-time peak of 1,608,600 in 1990.

Trump Executive Order: No U.S. Tax Dollars for International Abortion Providers

On Jan. 23, President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting U.S. foreign aid from going to organizations abroad that perform abortions.This includes International Planned Parenthood. More here.

A recent Marist poll found that 83% of those American surveyed strongly or very strongly opposed using tax dollars to fund abortions abroad. Those surveyed included Republicans, Independents and Democrats.  Survey here, see p. 6.

NY Assembly Passes Bills to Expand Abortion, Provide “Free” Contraceptive Coverage

Last night, the NY State Assembly passed two pro-abortion bills:

A. 1748, which could increase late-term abortions in the state, empower non-doctors to perform abortions, eliminate protections against unwanted abortions, and even jeopardize live-born children who survive abortion attempts. This passed by a vote of 97-49.  Voting FOR this bill: Ken Zebrowski (AD 96), Ellen Jaffe (AD 97) and Jim Skoufis (AD 99). A prolife vote AGAINST it was cast by Karl Brabenec (AD 98).

A. 1378, which requires insurance companies to provide “cost-free” contraceptive coverage, including potentially abortifacient drugs like the morning-after pill. Passed by a vote of 103-43. Again, voting FOR this bill: Ken Zebrowski (AD 96), Ellen Jaffe (AD 97) and Jim Skoufis (AD 99). A prolife vote AGAINST it was cast by Karl Brabenec (AD 98).

Also, keep in mind that “cost-free” coverage is not really free. Pharmaceutical companies were not giving away their contraceptive products last time we checked. Increased premiums from the insurance companies will probably cover the expense, and that could mean your money.

This bill left in place a provision from an earlier law whereby a “religious employer” may request a healthcare contract for its employees without coverage for these drugs and devices. That will work for organizations like churches, according to the law’s definition of what a “religious employer” is. Unfortunately, it does not protect the private employer who because of his religious beliefs opposes abortion or contraception.

Both these bills are versions of similar legislation, which the Democratic majority in the Assembly has been pushing through on a party-line vote each year. Fortunately, it never reached the floor of the Senate, where the Republicans have a slim majority — one vote this year. We must work to make sure these bills do not become law in New York.