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.
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.
“Fighting for the Right to Choose.” That’s the subject line of the email from our congresswoman, Nita Lowey, to her constituents about a bill she introduced into the House on Jan. 24.
Well, that puts it right out there, and we’re grateful to Ms. Lowey for being so upfront about what her latest bill is about, because you’d never know it from the language of the legislation itself.
Take a look at Lowy’s H.R. 671, the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act.
It talks about “the promotion of democracy [as] a principal goal of United States foreign policy,” “disrespect for the laws of sovereign nations,” and”the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
But actually, what it’s all about is funding abortions abroad with our tax dollars.
H.R. 671 seeks to permanently repeal Pres. Trump’s executive order banning foreign aid to International Planned Parenthood and other international organizations that would use it to kill babies.
After eight years of subsidizing abortion overseas under Pres. Obama, we have to be grateful that Trump put an end to it last month.
A new bill to expand abortion in New York (A.1748) was introduced in the state Assembly and referred to the Health Committee on Jan. 12. Don’t be fooled by its supporters saying they only want to “update” New York law to make it consistent with Roe v. Wade. This is far worse.
And before we get any further, you should know that Jim Skoufis, the Rockland assembly person representing Stony Point, is a co-sponsor of this bill.
There’s an excellent, very readable discussion of the implications of A.1748 here (from the New York State Catholic Conference).
In short, it could lead to more third-trimester abortions, encourage late-term abortionists to set up in New York, empower non-doctors to perform abortions, force doctors and nurses stop participate in abortions, eliminate prosecution of criminal charges for violent attacks against unborn children, repeal legal protection for babies who survive abortions, and encourage abortion at all stages.
This bill has been fast-tracked and could be voted on at any time. Use this link to send a pre-written email opposing this legislation directly to your Assembly representative. It will only take a minute. Please do it today. We have to speak up!