The New York State 2018 legislative session ended this morning at 1:49 am. No abortion expansion or assisted suicide legislation passed into law this year! Thank you to the New York State Right to Life Committee for keeping up the pressure in Albany and to everyone who contacted their legislators over the past few weeks.
We hope you’ve heard the good news that there is no abortion expansion in the 2019 New York State Budget that was passed last week.
So thank you all for your prayers, your letters and phone calls to the senators, and the emails that you sent. Thank you especially to the prolifers of North Rockland who responded to our targeted, special alert to contact prolife Senator Larkin.
Unfortunately, abortion expansion may come up again as a regular bill during the legislative session, which ends in June. If so, we’ll let you know.
But for now, just enjoy Easter and Passover Week and know that you spoke up when it counted! Great work!!
And if you have a moment, please email Senate Majority Leader Flanagan and Sen. Larkin and just tell them thank you for their efforts to halt the expansion of abortion in New York.
Sen. William Larkin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. John J. Flanagan: email@example.com
The final NYS budget is due on April 1, and as we approach that date the abortion expansion proposal is still a horrible possibility.
Contained in the budget are plans to radically modify NYS law. The changes would allow abortions to be performed for all 9 months of pregnancy, non-doctors could be empowered to perform abortions, and babies born alive after an abortion could be left to die of neglect and starvation.
Pro-abortion forces have been trying to expand abortion in New York for years. Meeting failure, they’re working around the normal legislative process by trying to push their plans through in the New York budget.
Please contact your state senator immediately. The message: Please oppose all abortion expansion proposals (S.7511) in Gov. Cuomo’s budget bill.
You can send a prepared email from: https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/Ku1CPu8k_w8CpWjbCu4UFg
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.
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!
The 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.
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.
(Correction: There is an error in this memo. The NY State Senate version of the bill is S00159, not 158.)
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.