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Contact: Liz Costanzo 914-478-1189 and Ed Riely 914-271-5585


BOX 263

The Hon. Andrew Cuomo               E-Mail from:
Fax: 518-474-1513
Executive Chamber, The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Federal Senator Kirsten Gillabrand Phone 202-224-3121
Federal Senator Charles Schumer Phone 914-734-1532
Sen. Jeff Klein Dist. 34 Phone 718-882-2049
Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins Dist. 35 (sponsor of this senate bill) Phone 914-961-3355
Sen Ruth H.Thompson Dist. 36 Phone 718-547-8854
Sen.Suzi Oppenheimer Dist. 37 Phone 914-934-5250
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Dist. 90 Phone 914-941-1111

Other Counties need to call local board of elections to find out their state senators and assembly people
All the above Representatives are pro-abortion extremists.

Fact Sheet

2015 legislative news

Euthanasia/suicide bills Compassionate Choices and Death with Dignity were sponsored by Amy Paulin and Linda Rosenthal in the Assembly and Diane Savino and Bonacic in the Senate. The two suicide euthanasia bills have been reconciled into one. If they do not come up this year for a vote, they have all of 2016 to be voted on. Cuomo is likely to let it pass. Sandy Galef had a Euthanasia Seminar with four experts in the town of Cortlandt 10/14/15. Stewart-Cousins, Thompson and Klein are likely proponents of the bill. Orange County and any other areas in his district must lobby Bonacic by letters, e-mails, phone calls and in person for him to rescind/repudiate the bill. If not he must be primaried.

In D.C. Representative Hanna from NYS voted against defunding Planned Parenthood. People in his district need to primary him!

Governor Cuomo, like Paterson and Spitzer before him, intends to enshrine the protections of Roe vs. Wade into New York State law. The Governor believes that the Gonzalez v Carhart decision of the U.S. Supreme Court (April 18, 2007), which upheld a ban on partial-birth abortion, threatens the future of a "woman’s right to choose and her right to privacy."

Concerns with the Governor’s Program Bill include:

  • It seeks to establish a "fundamental right of privacy" within New York State law, encompassing the right to "choose or refuse contraception" and the right to "bear a child or to terminate a pregnancy," as if both "choices" were equally valid and worthy of support. As a "fundamental right," the state would have to take proactive steps to guarantee that abortion is available and protected.

  • It seeks to ensure that abortions are legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy if they are deemed necessary to protect the life or "health" of the mother. Courts have interpreted the term "health" so broadly as to include social, economic and emotional distress factors, rendering the term meaningless.

    Current state law says abortions are legal in New York through 24 weeks of pregnancy (Article 125 Penal Law), but outlawed after that unless they are necessary to save a woman’s life. Because of flawed court decisions like Roe v. Wade, this law cannot be enforced, so abortion is already legal in New York through the third trimester of pregnancy for reasons of life or "health." The Governor’s plan ignores the state's legitimate interest in protecting the life of fully formed third-trimester children in the womb.

  • It would allow post-viability abortions to be performed on an out-patient basis in clinics that go virtually unregulated by public health authorities, endangering both women and unborn children. Moreover, the Governor’s bill would not allow for the type of support facilities necessary to assist a baby who might be born alive in the course of an abortion.

  • It would remove New York’s abortion-related laws from the criminal code and place them in the public health law, leaving regulation of abortion solely up to the medical profession. The elimination of all references to the homicide laws is part and parcel of a national abortion advocacy campaign that seeks to deny that abortion is the killing of a human being.

  • It seeks to make abortion virtually immune from any state regulation or restriction. Reasonable regulations such as parental notification for abortions performed on minor children, informed consent for pregnant women regarding the risks and alternatives to the procedure, and restrictions on taxpayer funding would not be permissible under the Governor’s plan.

    Yet all such regulations are completely permissible under Roe v Wade and subsequent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and a majority of states have enacted them. Thirty-five states require parental involvement in a child’s abortion decision, 32 states require counseling before an abortion is performed, and 32 states restrict Medicaid funding of abortion.

  • It would repeal the requirement in current law that says only doctors can perform abortions. The Governor’s bill would allow any health care practitioner to perform the procedure: a dentist, nurse, podiatrist, social worker, physician assistant, chiropractor, midwife, even an optometrist. This dangerous and extreme change clearly puts women's health at risk, and mirrors a national abortion strategy to expand the scope of various health care practitioners to specifically include abortion.

  • It seeks to eliminate conscience protection in current law by requiring every institution licensed or funded by the state – including religious hospitals, agencies and schools – to support abortion, provide coverage for abortion, or to perform abortions. The Governor’s bill declares that "the state shall not discriminate" against the exercise of the fundamental right to abortion in the "provision of benefits, facilities, services or information."

  • It seeks to suppress all efforts to enact an "Unborn Victims of Violence Act" by refusing to recognize the unborn child as a second victim of the crime in cases of assault against pregnant women. The Governor’s bill would specifically label such crimes as causing "serious physical injury to the woman," refusing even to acknowledge the unborn, viewing him only as an appendage of his mother’s body. Moreover, the crime of "serious physical injury to the woman" would only apply if the child died as a result of the incident -- with no criminal penalty applied if an attacker caused serious but non-fatal injuries to the child.

For the sake of pregnant women and their unborn children,
the Governor’s Program Bill must be strongly opposed.

August 2009


Andrew Cuomo,

I am sick and tired of my money being used to kill innocent pre-born children. Your policy condones and subsidizes fetal girls and boys being torn limb from limb, burned alive by saline, painfully poisoned and asphyxiated by RU486, and partially born only to have their heads punctured and their brains sucked out. I demand that this be stopped. This blood bath is not what tax money is meant to accomplish. NY is broke.


It's crucial that he have this message from all of you as soon as possible. Note: Letters and postcards carry more impact than e-mails. Your voice really does count. You're not only doing this for yourself, but also for the unborn and the millions of women who have been scarred by the tragedy of abortion.

Contact Info:

US Mail:
The Governor,
Executive Chamber
Albany, New York 12224

Telephone: 518-474-8390

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NYS Government site address:

Regina Riely - 914-739-8256

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