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.

House Votes to Allow States to Redirect Planned Parenthood Funds to County Health Depts., Community Health Centers

hj-res-43-passes-twitterreThe House of Representatives today voted 230-188 to nullify an Obama resolution designed to  prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from unsuitable organizations like Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Nita Lowey (CD 17), who represents Rockland, voted against this prolife resolution.

See House Passes Measure to Nullify Last-Minute Gift from Obama to Planned Parenthood.

Lowey Offers Bill to Allow U.S. Funding of Abortions in Other Lands

398px-rep_nita_lowey“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.1748 — New Abortion Expansion Bill Introduced in NYS Assembly

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!

Prolife Victories at the Polls

In spite of the nearly $100 million advertising campaign by Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, and NARAL targeting prolife candidates, we emerged from last week’s election with a prolife majority still in place in both houses of Congress and, of course, a prolife president, Donald Trump.

This bodes well for the advancing of prolife legislation such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 5 months, and the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act. And most important to our efforts is the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, which is made by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

On the state level, two incumbent prolife leglislators were re-elected — Sen. William Larkin of the 39th NY Senate District and Karl Brabanec of the 98th Assembly District. Congratulations, gentlemen!

Unfortunately, the campaign of Wendy Long against Sen. Chuck Schumer was not successful, but Ms. Long never backed down and kept prolife issues on the forefront during the election, keeping awareness high. Thank you, Wendy for all you’ve done for the unborn, the handicapped, and the elderly.

House Passes Conscience Protection Act

quote 2The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conscience Protection Act yesterday by a vote of 245-182. This bill protects physicians, nurses, clinics, hospitals, and even health insurance providers from being forced by the government to provide, refer, or pay for abortions.

Nita Lowey voted against this legislation. Lowey is the representative of the 17th Congressional District in New York, which covers Rockland County.

The Senate now must pass this bill for it to become law.

For a precise and short discussion of why this bill was necessary, read “Obama’s Assault on the Right of Conscience,” (Politico) by David Weldon, former member of the House of Representatives, who  sponsored the Weldon Amendment (2009), which aimed to protect those who object to abortion.

The Conscience Protection Act is the second big prolife victory in the House in recent years. In May 2015 it passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. This bill was blocked by the Senate in September.

Legislative Session Ends in Albany: No Assisted Suicide

NY SealThe legislative session in Albany came to an end on Friday, June 17, without a floor vote on the assisted suicide bill. That means there will be no further consideration of this legislation until the NYS Assembly and Senate reconvene next year.

However, this by no means suggests that we can let down our guard. The supporters of physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill know that it may take several years to get this bill through and are geared up for the battle. We have to be ready to oppose them for as long as it takes.

The deceptively titled “Medical Aid in Dying Act,”(A.10059) was taken up by the NYS Assembly Health Committee in May. There it passed by vote of 14-11 to move on to the next step, the Codes Committee. But the session ended with no further action being taken.

Ellen Jaffee of the 97th AD in Rockland, a member of the Assembly Health Committee, voted for this bill.

Thank you to everyone who was part of the effort to stop this dangerous legislation — visiting our legislators in Albany, contacting them by phone and email, and sending postcards.

Please continue to keep yourself informed, as this issue will no doubt be back next year. Here are some sources for information:

New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide
Not Dead Yet
New York State Catholic Conference

Legislative Session Ends in Albany: Two Abortion Bills Fail to Become Law

NY SealAbout three weeks before the current legislative session ended in Albany on June 17, two pro-abortion bills passed in the NYS Assembly. However, they were never taken up for a vote in the Senate, and, therefore, did not become law.

These were the “Boss Bill” (A.1142), a bill restricting the religious liberty of faith-based employers and A.6221, a bill related to abortion expansion.

The “Boss Bill” was sponsored by Ellen Jaffee, of the 97th AD, and co-sponsored by two other Rockland representatives, Ken Zebrowski ( 96 AD) and James Skoufis (99 AD). The bill passed in a 114-33 vote.

Karl Brabanec (98 AD) voted against this bill, which got nine fewer votes that it received last year when the Assembly also approved it.  But similar to last year, there was no vote on the matter in in the Senate.

A.6221, which would permit unlimited late-term abortion in New York state was also co-sponsored by Jaffee, Zebrowski and Skoufis. Brabanec opposed it. It passed the Assembly 95-51 in May, was referred to the Senate Health Committee in June, and did not emerge from there.

Assembly Passes Conscience-Crushing Boss Bill (New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom) 

A.6221 Glick / S.4432 Stewart-Cousins: In relation to abortion expansion (NY Catholic Conference)

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Obamacare at the Supreme Court

Little_Sisters_1_outside_of_SCOTUS_March_23_2016_Credit_Addie_Mena_CNAToday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Zubik v. Burwell, a case testing the constitutionality of the Obamacare mandate that requires employers to offer health insurance that includes contraceptives, sterility treatment, and drugs considered abortifacients.

The employers who brought the suit include the Little Sisters of the Poor, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh, the Archdiocese of Washington, and several Christian colleges — all religious nonprofits. Churches and parish schools are exempt from the mandate.

The Obama administration had offered these nonprofits an “accommodation.” If they signed a form stating their objection, the government would require their insurers to provide the services free of charge so the nonprofits wouldn’t be paying for it themselves.

The plaintiffs, however, refused the accommodation on the grounds that no matter who was technically paying, by having to sign the form they were still being forced to cooperate in seriously immoral actions.

As Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, said: “I can’t sign a piece of paper that makes somebody else do what I cannot do myself. It’s my conscience, you know.”

Nonprofits affected include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses, Catholic universities, and hundred of hospitals and charities, such as the Little Sister of the Poor.

The ruling is expected to come down in June.

For more news about what happened at the Supreme Court see “Supreme Court Justices: Will the Government ‘Hijack’ Little Sisters’ Health Plan?”