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Physician-Assisted Suicide

Memorandum of Opposition Re: A.2694 Paulin / S.3947 SavinoIn relation to legalizing physician-assisted suicide The above-referenced bill would add a new section of the Public Health Law to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication for the express purpose of ending a patient’s life. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this bill for many […]

Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities Call on SCOTUS to Reject Citizenship Question in Census

The New York State Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, and Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, are calling on the United States Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling blocking a proposed question on citizenship from appearing on the 2020 U.S. Census.  The Catholic entities, joining with other religious and […]

No to Assisted suicide

Statement on Human Services COLA

The New York State Catholic Conference and the Council of Catholic Charities Directors are grateful that the New York State Senate and Assembly both included in their one-house budget resolutions a 2.9 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the state’s human services sector. “Catholic Charities and the state’s other human services providers are an […]

Late-Term Abortion Expansion: Resources for Education

Millions of New Yorkers are understandably upset by the state legislature’s 2019 enactment of abortion expansion. We’ve assembled some tools which you can use to educate others about this law, and encourage them to organize, educate, and spread the pro-life message. New York State Bishops statement on abortion expansion NYS Catholic Conference statement on abortion […]

Ten tips for writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper about NYS’s new abortion law

Letters to the editor are an important advocacy tool. In addition to educating the public and the news media, elected officials pay attention to Letters Page conversations in their local papers to get a pulse on their constituents’ opinions on controversial issues. Below are 10 tips for effective letter writing, and some sample letters below […]

Insurance mandate for in vitro fertilization

Memorandum of Opposition Re: A.2817 Simotas / S.719 SavinoIn relation to an insurance mandate for in vitro fertilization The above-referenced legislation would require large group health insurance plans to cover the costs of in vitro fertilization (IVF), gamete and embryo transfers, and other assisted reproductive technologies.  The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation, as […]

Letter to NYS Senate regarding commercial surrogacy

Printable PDF  Dear Senator:  The proposed Executive Budget contains a policy proposal unrelated to the state’s finances which repeals New York’s longstanding prohibition on commercial reproductive surrogacy. The language, misleadingly named the “Child-Parent Security Act,” is included in the Public Protection and General Government Article VII legislation (S.1505-A/A.2005-A), Part QQ, beginning on page 200. We […]

Statement on Recreational Marijuana Legalization

In its rush to legalize so-called “recreational” marijuana usage, we believe that our state’s elected officials are preparing to open a Pandora’s Box that will have multiple deleterious effects on individuals, families, and all of society. While the Governor and some legislators see enhanced revenues for the state’s coffers through a new taxable marijuana industry, […]

Substantial Equivalency of Private Schools

The revised substantial equivalency guidelines issued by SED, based in part by the amendment to section 3204 of the education law enacted as part of last year’s state budget, set forth three pathways for determining the substantial equivalency of private schools: those high schools which register with SED and whose substantial equivalency is reviewed and […]