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DATE: May 16, 2019 
RE: ‘Born Alive’ Amendment in New York State Senate
FROM:  Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre

We are grateful to New York State Senator Pam Helming (R-Geneva) for introducing on May 13, 2019, the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” – a ‘hostile’ amendment that would have restored legal protections to born-alive abortion survivors in New York State. Sadly, her attempt to add the amendment was defeated along party lines with Republicans who are in the minority voting in support of the amendment, and the democratic majority voting against it. The “Reproductive Health Act” which is now the law of the land in New York State has removed protections for fully formed babies in the womb and essentially has legalized infanticide for infants who miraculously survive a late-term abortion.

Please join me in prayer for legislators like Senator Helming who courageously work to protect human life. May her leadership, despite the odds, inspire and motivate other legislators to protect the innocent from what has become a radical assault on the sacredness and dignity of human life.

We as Catholics have a responsibility to protect life. The Catechism of the Catholic Church commands: “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” CCC 2270. As your bishop, I urge each and every one of you, the People of God of this great diocese, to consider this responsibility when discerning your vote in future elections. It is through fervent prayer, and our unrelenting commitment to speak out and defend all human life, that the horrific course we are presently on can be changed.

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