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As the 2015 Legislative Session approaches, now is the time to familiarize yourself with your elected representatives, and the issues that will facing them upon their return to Albany. We encourage you to read through our position papers and press statements, and check back often to learn the latest.
What will happen in 2014?
The newly-elected pro-life majority in the New York State Senate means unborn children have representatives who will protect them from Governor Cuomo's abortion expansion agenda, should the so-called "Women's Equality Act" make a reappearance in 2015. This is why pro-life votes on Election Day are so important to saving unborn lives!
Already there are reports that Senator Brad Hoylman will be introducing legislation modeled after Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law. We encourage you to contact his office right away to let him know that New Yorkers facing difficult diagnoses need compassion and support- not lethal drugs from their doctor. Tell Senator Hoylman: Suicide is not healthcare; Killing is not compassion.
Another issue that demands our advocacy in the state legislature is denial of treatment for the medically vulnerable. New York State Right to Life will continue to work with the legislature to ensure that any bill dealing with end-of-life healthcare protects patients at every step. We are committed to working at the legislative level to protect vulnerable patients and their families from those who declare that certain lives are no longer worth living. Dense, often intentionally confusing language and proposals in healthcare legislation requires pro-life vigilance on denial of treatment issues.
On the federal level, one particular piece of legislation that has the potential to draw the attention of the American public to the humanity of the uborn child in a powerful way is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The new pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate will finally be able to bring this bill to the floor. The legislation would protect unborn children beyond 20 weeks, the point at which mounting research shows that babies can feel pain. Like the Partial Birth Abortion Ban legislation, this bill also has the great potential to highlight the truly violent nature of abortion.
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