A coalition of doctors said Wednesday that Gov.
Andrew Cuomo's abortion rights bill would hurt women, force many into
lifetime bouts of depression and guilt and make late-term abortions more
common and more dangerous.
The group's press conference was the
first effort outside the state Conservative Party, the Republican Party
and the Catholic Conference to oppose Cuomo's proposed Women's
Reproductive Health Act.
And here is coverage by channel 10 in Albany - and it's pretty good!
HVCL co-directors Judith Anderson, Antoinette Cosentino, and Tom Faranda, in a forty minute "Editorial Spotlight", critiquing the newspaper board's support for expanding abortion in NY State - including third trimester abortions - and making it a FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT.
The Knights of Columbus is holding its annual prayer rally in Albany today. Hundreds of people are praying and asking lawmakers to support them in opposing same-sex marriage and the Reproductive Health Act, which would update New York’s abortion laws in the event of action on the federal level that limits or restricts abortion. The Knights of Columbus are also praying for the state to reimburse Catholic schools for 100 percent of the costs they incur in complying with state mandates, as required by a 37-year-old state law.
ACTION ALERT! New York State "Reproductive Health Act," S.5808/A.11484:
Call Senator Leibell's local office at 845-279-3773 and they will contact Albany. Use letter below for some talking points. Call your Senator today!
Sister Lucy Marie Vasile at the Sisters of Life, NYS Catholic Conference, Hudson Valley Coalition for Life and No. Westchester and Putnam Center for Life are all on board here. The legislative session in Albany is scheduled to end within days and there's still a grave risk that the Reproductive Health Act may come to the floor of the Senate for a vote.
This radical bill would establish abortion as a "fundamental right" and eliminate any possibility of reasonable regulations, such as parental notification laws. It may also seriously threaten the religious liberty of our Church, especially religious hospitals, schools, and social welfare agencies. For more information, please visit the website of the New York State Catholic Conference: http://www.nyscatholic.org/pages/news/show_newsDetails.asp?id=343.
Now, it is all the more important that we contact our Senators to express our opposition to this bill. Even if you have done this before, you should do it again. No Senator's vote should be taken for granted, and none should be conceded.
Here is the Catholic Advocacy Network sample letter at the above link on RHA, S.5808/A11484
"As your constituent, I write to register my strong opposition to the Reproductive Health Act," S.5808/A.11484. This bill contains very broad language that would declare a fundamental 'right of privacy' in state law. It opens the door to extreme results. It would:
- Legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, for virtually any reason; - Make abortion immune from any reasonable state regulation such as parental notification or informed consent; - Repeal current law that requires doctors to perform abortions and allow any "health care practitioner" to provide it.
- Force all hospitals to allow abortions, including religious hospitals and others whose mission statements oppose it; - Force all insurance plans, including those of Catholic employers, to cover abortion; - Compel doctors and nurses to counsel for abortion, refer for abortion and otherwise facilitate abortion against their wishes.
Contrary to the notion that this bill would allow "freedom of choice," this proposal would deny freedom of choice to individuals and institutions that prefer not to support or condone abortion. Because the bill declares that the state "may not discriminate" against the exercise of abortion in providing "benefits, facilities, services or information," it could compel every institution licensed or funded by the state to support, cover and/or allow abortions.
While this legislation is being promoted as a mere "update" to New York's laws, in reality it is an extreme measure that would prevent you, the legislature, the people's elected representatives, from enacting any reasonable and necessary regulations on abortion.
I implore you to do all within your power to prevent this bill from coming to a vote, especially at this late date in the session. Thank you for your attention to these serious concerns. I look forward to hearing from you.