Appalling Abortion Bill in NY State Budget

Yes, in the state budget!!! The pro-abortion forces here in New York never rest. Now here’s their latest ploy: to put all their abortion priorities into the Fiscal Year 2019 Executive Budget and push them through with the rest of the finance-related bills before April 1.

Attached to Gov. Cuomo’s budget this year is a “Women’s Agenda” bill (S.7511/A.9511) that will actually enable and promote abortion.

Part A of this bill requires health insurance to provide “contraception” coverage that includes abortion-causing drugs.

Part B expands late-term abortion. It does this by removing all references to abortion from penal law. That means abortion would no longer be a crime. In other words, abortion would not be illegal for any reason at any time during a pregnancy — including into the ninth month and up to the moment of birth.

In addition, stripping abortion from New York’s Penal Law under Part B would mean that anyone who forced a pregnant woman to abort or attacked her violently to cause an abortion could not be charged of a crime against the baby.

Part B would also repeal Public Health Law Section 4164, which gives full legal protection to an a child who somehow manages to survive an abortion, and requires a second doctor to be present during a late-term abortion to give medical care to any such child. Part B would allow the abortionist to allow the child to die of neglect – and that would be infanticide.

Part B could also empower non-doctors to perform abortions. Under Part B, language would be removed that now says only a “duly licensed physician” may perform abortions in New York. With that language gone, the State Education Department bureaucrats would have the authority to decide who may perform an abortion. It’s likely abortion advocates would pressure them to allow abortions by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, and a broad range of non-physicians – all to broaden the accessibility to abortion

Part B and the insurance mandate requiring abortion-causing drugs must be removed from the New York State budget. Those sections of the “Women’s Agenda” that have merit, such as those dealing with pregnancy discrimination and human trafficking, should be voted on as separate bills in the regular legislative process.

Please contact your legislators in Albany and ask them to oppose Governor Cuomo’s abortion expanding budget bill.

More information:

Here’s the text of the Women’s Agenda  (S.7511/A.9511) in the FY2019 New York State Executive Budget.

The New York State Catholic Conference Memo of Opposition

New York State Right to Life Committee Statement of Opposition

Will Gov. Andrew Cuomo Get His Abortion Legislation Passed? (New York Families)


Senate Rejects 20-Week Abortion Ban

Jan. 29 — Tonight the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks — the  Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act — by a vote of 51-46. The bill had passed in the House of Representatives on Jan. 19, the day of the March for Life in Washington. Pres.Trump had said he would sign the bill into law if it came to his desk.

The vote was mainly along party lines, with Democrats voting against it and Republicans voting for it. However, two Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against the bill, and three Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted for it.

A recent Marist poll showed that two-thirds of Americans support a 20-week ban on abortion.

This was lost on our two senators for New York, Chuck Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gellibrand (D),who voted against this prolife legislation. They joined our representative in the House, Nita Lowey (D), who voted down the bill last Friday. Three out of three fail again to protect the mosts vulnerable!  Very sad!

House Passes Bill Banning Late-term Abortions

ab63c0e7-83a7-4418-a5b4-55afb1407bc1The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill that bans late-term abortions from shortly after 20 weeks of pregnancy to the day of birth. The vote was 237 to 189. Only three Democrats supported the bill and only three Republicans opposed it.

Rockland’s representative in the House, Nita Lowey, (D, 17th CD), voted against it.

The bill is called the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” the name reflecting the evidence that unborn babies of that age are capable of feeling intense pain during an abortion.

This legislation has passed in the House of Representatives twice before, in 2013 and 2015, but was killed in the Senate. If it does pass in the Senate this time, President Trump has promised to sign it into law.

Sixteen states have enacted similar legislation: Ohio, Texas, Nebraska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas.

190 countries do NOT allow abortions past 5 months. Among those that do are China, North Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada — and the USA.

It was an exciting step forward in the House of Representatives today. Thank you to all who supported the bill, especially Rep. Chris Smith of  NJ, the leader of the prolife caucus in the House.

NY Legislative Session Ends With No Anti-Life Bills

Thankfully, the New York State Senate and Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, June 21, without taking up three anti-life measures. The bills had all been referred to various committees and progressed no further, with no committee votes or floor votes being taken.

A.3693 (S.159) — Additional funding to Planned Parenthood

A.6959A (S. 17A) — Allowing payment to surrogate mothers

A.02383 (S.03151) — Allowing assisted suicide (medical doctors to prescribe drugs to help patients end their lives)

While we’re relieved that none of these bills were passed into law during this session, it’s quite likely they will all be reintroduced next year. There’s even a possibility that the legislature may reconvene over the summer and might take up any of these.  So please stay vigilant, informed, and let your state legislators know what you think about these issues.

Bill Proposes Payment for Surrogacy in NY

Surrogacy is when a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy she did not conceive. The egg is fertilized outside the body and then implanted into the “surrogate mother” who carries the baby to term and then gives the child to the person or couple who commissioned the pregnancy. This bill would allow payment to the surrogate mother, thus introducing the possibility of “making parenthood a commercial enterprise” as well as exploiting a poorer woman who would carry the baby because she needs the money.  memo on Surrogacy bill-S17A, A6959A copy

Two Victories: Freedom NOT to Fund PP and Confirmation of Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Yesterday, Pres. Donald Trump signed a bill (H.J. Res. 43) that reversed a “last-minute” law from the departing Obama administration which prevented states from denying funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers under Title X.


Assoc. Justice of Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch

With this new legislation, states  will be able to direct taxpayer dollars to comprehensive healthcare clinics that better serve women  and do not do abortions.

All three of the legislators who represent Rockland in Congress voted against this bill: Rep. Nita Lowey, and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

This was the second prolife victory this week, the first being the swearing in of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Monday.