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Oppose late-term abortion expansion
New York State legalized abortion three years before Roe v Wade. New York law permits abortion through the 24th week of pregnancy, but is outlawed after that unless the life of the mother is threatened by the pregnancy. Abortion rights advocates want to loosen this restriction to allow abortion for any reason after the 24th week of pregnancy, particularly because they fear federal action that will undo Roe vs. Wade, making the New York law fully enforceable.
Abortion activists support legislation they call the “Reproductive Health Act” (S.2796) which would expand abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy, allow non-physicians to perform the procedure, and remove safeguards against unwanted abortions. Governor Andrew Cuomo supports amending the state constitution to include the right to abortion, which would elevate abortion to a fundamental right.
It will be fatal to more infants. Opening up third trimester abortions in New York will encourage more late-term abortionists to come into our state, and increase the number of third-trimester abortions. Even without this change, the State Health Department records 2,106 abortions at 20+ weeks of pregnancy (2014 data).
It will not protect women. Abortion is an unnatural act that can harm women, both physically and psychologically. There is good reason that New York’s current law limits abortion practitioners to licensed physicians; non-doctors have less training and less experience. Empowering non-physicians to perform abortion surgery, including late-term abortion surgery, increases the danger of abortion to women.
It removes criminality for unwanted abortion. By removing abortion from the Penal Law, these proposals remove accountability for those who would harm unborn children outside the context of abortion. The crime of “abortional act” is the only place in New York law that allows for criminal charges for violent attacks against pregnant women that harm or kill their unborn children.
Making abortion a fundamental right means the government would have the task of ensuring that there is no “discrimination” against the right being exercised. This means that doctors could be compelled to perform abortions or risk losing their license to practice. Hospitals and medical facilities, even religious ones, could be forced to allow abortions on site or risk fines, penalties, loss of funding/operating certificates or other punishment.
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Prayer for Peace
Immaculate Heart of Mary
help us to conquer the menace of evil
which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today,
and whose immeasurable effects
already weigh down upon our modern world
and seem to block the paths toward the future.
From famine and war,
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction,
from every kind of war,
From sins against human life from its very beginning,
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God,
From every kind of injustice in the life of society,
both national and international,
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God,
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God,
From the loss of awareness of good and evil,
From sins against the Holy Spirit,
Accept, O Mother of Christ,
this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings,
laden with the sufferings of whole societies.
Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin:
individual sin and the "sin of the world",
sin in all of its manifestations.
Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world
the infinite saving power of the redemption:
the power of merciful love.
May it put a stop to evil.
May it transform consciences.
May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope.
Oppose physician-assisted suicide
Since the 2014 death of former Californian and brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard, at least 29 states have seriously considered the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide. It has been authorized in only five states and the District of Columbia. The vast majority of states, and professional medical associations, continue to reject physician-assisted suicide.
New York State has specifically been targeted by the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion & Choices as fertile ground for legalization, and the organization is aggressively pushing its legislation, S.3151 Savino/A.2383 Paulin.
Messages Legalizing assisted suicide will lead to psychological, financial and other pressures for vulnerable persons to end their lives. Elderly persons, depressed persons, low-income persons, and persons with disabilities will be most at risk of undue pressure, coercion and abuses under the law.
It will undermine the physician’s role as healer, forever alter the doctor-patient relationship, and lessen the quality of care provided to patients at the end of life. Both the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of the State of New York hold policy positions against physician-assisted suicide. It will blur longstanding medical, moral and legal distinctions between withdrawing extraordinary medical assistance and taking active steps to destroy human life. The former removes burdensome or useless treatments, allowing nature to take its course, and allowing the patient to either live or die. The latter is the deliberate and direct act of taking a patient’s life. Rather than assisting suicide, government should be consistent in its efforts to prevent suicide. It is illogical for the state to promote/facilitate suicide for one group of persons — calling the suicides of those with a terminal illness and a specific prognosis “dignified and humane,” while recognizing suicide as a serious statewide public health concern in all other circumstances.
The legislation contains many flaws, for example, there is no required mental health evaluation, no witness or physician required at the time of death, no proper disposal procedures for unused lethal barbiturates, and no safeguards from coercion and abuse at the time the drugs are ingested.
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Phone: (315) 788-4359
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Our goal is to educate the public concerning the increased erosion of legal protection for vulnerable human life, be it the unborn, the handicapped, or the elderly.
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