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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

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Please help us SAVE HYDE! The Hyde Amendment is a bipartisan amendment, initially signed into law by Democratic President Jimmy Carter, and supported by President Obama. The HYDE Amendment helps prevent FEDERAL FUNDING OF ABORTION. Studies show that the Hyde Amendment has saved 2,000,000 lives since it was instituted.  The  current presidential administration wants to eliminate HYDE. 

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FCLNY is non-partisan, but works with diverse ideological and/or religious organizations that align with our goals.

Medical Aid in Dying Act

The Medical Aid in Dying Act (MAID) (A995A/S2445A) has not passed in the Senate or Assembly and the NYS legislative session officially ended on June 8th, 2023.

 

MAID dehumanizes and devalues the aged, diseased, and disabled. 

MAID normalizes suicide and decriminalizes assisted suicide. 

According to the National Council on Disability “The evidence strongly suggests that … safeguards are circumvented in ways that are harmful to patients.”

NY’s pending MAID Act goes far out of its way to forbid referencing death by an intentional dose of lethal medication as a suicide, and to protect accomplices of such suicides from criminal prosecution. MAID clearly supports suicide and excuses assisted suicide for a select group of people. Webster’s dictionary defines suicide as “the act or instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally.”

MAID destigmatizes the gravity of suicide and undermines the value of human life. MAID is legal in ONLY eleven U.S. jurisdictions including OregonNew MexicoColorado and Montana where suicide is a leading cause of death, including among youth.

“When assisted suicide is legalized it immediately becomes the cheapest treatment.” If health “insurers deny, or even simply delay approval of expensive life-sustaining treatment, patients can be steered toward hastening their deaths.” 

"There is robust evidence, taken from different jurisdictions and using a variety of statistical methods, that the total number of self initiated deaths rises significantly where [Assisted Suicide] is legally available, and strong evidence that this has a greater impact on older women.”

A growing body of research demonstrates that a significant portion of terminally ill patients consider themselves a burden to family and others. The evidence also identifies "self-perceived burden" as a relevant factor in making end of life and death-hastening decisions.

 

Numerous professional associations and organizations oppose ASSISTED SUICIDE, including, American Medical AssociationWorld Medical Association

National Council on Disability and American Association of People with Disabilities.

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NYS Equal Rights Amendment

The ‘Equal Rights Amendment’ to the New York State Constitution is scheduled for a referendum vote on Tuesday, November 5th, 2024. VOTE ‘NO’

SUMMARY:

Provides that no person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws of this state or any subdivision thereof; provides no person shall, because of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, creed, religion, or sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, reproductive healthcare and autonomy, be subjected to any discrimination in their civil rights by any other person or by any firm, corporation, or institution, or by the state or any agency or subdivision of the state.

Amending the constitution is a 3 part process, and the 'Equal Rights Amendment' is 2/3 of the way through:

1. The amendment was voted favorably by the majority NY legislators in June of 2022 (S51002/A41002)

2. And again voted favorably in January of 2023 (S108A/A1283)

3. For final approval, the amendment will go before the body politic in November of 2024 

While there is no explicit reference to abortion, the amendment's ramifications and impacts include:

If the amendment to the NY Constitution is approved in November of 2024, abortion will be officially codified

in NY. Abortion rights will be woven into the fabric of our neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities.

Perhaps, most poignantly, the “right” to kill unborn children will be sewn into the hearts and minds of FUTURE

GENERATIONS AND GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND PRACTICES.

If the amendment to the NY Constitution is approved in November of 2024, children in utero will be completely

and utterly dehumanized and denied any and all protection from extermination.

 

If the amendment to the NY Constitution is approved in November of 2024, all unborn children, regardless of age,

sex, disability, gender or race, will be at risk of lethal violence. Living preborn children will be in danger of death

more than ever before in human history.

 

If the amendment to the NY Constitution is approved in November of 2024, all common-sense standards regard-

ing abortion and the well-being of women will be in jeopardy.

 

If the amendment to the NY Constitution is approved in November of 2024, NY bills addressing abortion, except

to further expand, protect and deregulate abortion will more likely than not be considered “unconstitutional” including

abortion related requirements such as: parental notification, informed consent, wait periods, state health department

tracking, reporting and publishing of abortion complication data, annual state health department inspections of all

abortion providing facilities, pregnancy ultrasounds, adoption service referrals, pre and post abortion counseling.

VOTE NO TO THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT ON NOVEMBER 5th, 2024!

SUNY/ CUNY Medication Abortion

*State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY)

This law requires SUNY and CUNY to provide access to chemical abortions to “all enrolled students,” and at all campus student health centers.

  • Signed by NYS Governor, May 2, 2023

  • NYS Senate- S.1213 Passed on April 19th, 2023 

  • NYS Assembly- A. 01395 Passed April 18th, 2023

The justifications for the proposed law on the state governments' websites cite Planned Parenthood- and ignore any potential complications of chemical abortions or the known risks associated with abortion pills, especially when utilized without pre-abortion ultrasound technology. 

Science demonstrates: Abortion pills are four times riskier than surgical abortions, and elevate the likelihood of health complications for women and girls. Medication abortions are over fifty percent (50%) more likely than surgical abortions to result in a visit to an emergency department within thirty (30) days post-abortion; impacting one in twenty (20) females.

The risks of chemical abortion include hemorrhaging, fever, incomplete abortion, and other complications such as, infection, endometritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, on-going pregnancy, and uterine rupture. More than ten percent (10%) of women who undergo chemical abortions need follow up treatment for incomplete or failed abortions. 

The dangers of medication abortionincrease as the embryo grows, and are potentially lethal for women and girls experiencing ectopic pregnancies.  On average, almost forty percent (40%) of women ingesting abortion pills during their second trimester of pregnancy require surgery.  NY fails to require ultrasounds occur pre chemical abortions, the surest, most reliable and accurate method for determining the gestational age of an unborn child or whether a pregnancy is ectopic.

Feminists Choosing Life of New York opposes chemical abortion and abortion pill dispensaries on college campuses.

According to established scientific consensus, human beings begin their lives at conception, according to established scientific consensus. Over 328,770 unborn children died by chemical abortion in 2020 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute.

Back From the Brink
FCLNY Organizational Signer

Organizational Sign-On Letter in Support of H. Res. 77.

This Resolution Embraces the Goals and Provisions of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

"In short the risk of nuclear war is all too real — perhaps greater than it has been since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 – threatening all of humanity. It’s well past time for the United States and the world to get serious about nuclear disarmament and to take steps to prevent nuclear war and reduce nuclear risks."

Please consider having your organization sign with us.

The RHA Degrades Women and Dehumanizes Children. 

We are currently gearing up to work with Democratic and Republican NY legislators to propose bills during the 2023 - 2024 legislative session that include:

1.  An abortion related informed consent bill.

2. A bill that requires the tracking, reporting & publishing of abortion complication data.

3. A proposed law that requires every health care facility that accepts Medicaid to post human trafficking and domestic violence hotlines.

New York enacted the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) in January, 2019. This law allows for the killing of viable unborn children, including healthy children in utero, for any reason within 24 weeks of pregnancy. Modern medical science is clear that unborn children can be viable (capable of survival outside the womb) as early as 21 weeks gestation.

The RHA permits killing viable unborn children, including healthy children in utero, during the later-second and third trimester of pregnancy for reasons unrelated to a mother's physical health. In NY, approximately 1,600 unborn children are aborted each year at 20+ weeks gestation. Studies show most later-term abortions are 'elective,' performed on healthy pregnant women and healthy unborn children.

The RHA did away with NY's longstanding fetal homicide law. Because of the RHA it is no longer a separate crime in NY for abusers to kill viable unborn children, including wanted unborn children, in attacks on their mothers. 

The RHA allows for an undefined group of health care practitioners to perform abortions, including surgical, second and third trimester abortions. Studies show that even mid-level health care providers that perform abortions have higher rates of “incomplete abortion,” uterine “perforation” and “hemorrhage” than physicians performing abortions.

The RHA eradicated NY Public Health Law (PHL) 4164, without enacting any form of replacement. In NY, later-second and third trimester abortions can occur in facilities other than hospitals, ambulatory centers or physicians' offices. According to studies, including, Risk Factors for Legal Induced Abortion-Related Mortality in the United States, the "risk of death" for "women obtaining legally induced abortions" "increase[s] exponentially by 38% for each additional week of gestation.”

Further, eliminating PHL 4164 allows for infants who survive abortion to die without adequate "medical care" or without a second physician present to care for that infant. According to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention children are sometimes born alive during later-term induced abortions.  

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