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June 16, 2019

Dear Friends,

It is crunch time in Albany and there is still time for you to contact your State representatives on several issues still before them before they close down for the summer this coming Wednesday, June 19.  Below is a summary of several issue still not acted on as of Monday, June 10 which the New York State Catholic Conference of Bishops have taken positions on and they need your support.  Please don’t delay, call today!

I hope you are enjoying these early summer days!

Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!

In peace and courage,

It’s Go Time in Albany!

“I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice” Isaiah 42:6 

Don’t kick back into summertime mode just yet.  We have a lot of work to do before the end of the legislative session in Albany and the summertime recess in Congress.   

The New York State Legislature session will end on June 19.  Our elected officials are scrambling to negotiate many different issues before the close.  We have to keep the pressure on to ensure the bills we care about are voted on and passed, and that the policies we oppose are stopped.  Keep telling other people too!  

Justice for Farmworkers: Yes, call again.  You’ve signed a petition, made a call.  Bravo!  Now do it again!  Keep reminding your state assembly member and state senator that our diocese collected over 10,000 signatures in support of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, Senate bill 2837/Assembly bill 2750. (More info at www.farmworkersny.org)   They need to keep hearing from you, their constituents.   

It’s crunch time.  We’ve been trying to get this bill passed for nearly 20 years, and this is the year it could finally happen.  But it could also just die in committee and farmworkers could continue to be denied the basic workplace rights granted to other workers in our state.  Let’s keep fighting!   

We also need the particular support of two state senators outside our diocese, Sen. Rachel May and Sen. Jen Metzger.  You can help by sharing this message with folks you know from their districts, which include Syracuse & Madison County and New Paltz & Orange County.   

Surrogate Parenting: “This involves the creation of human embryos in a laboratory through in vitro fertilization (IVF), using egg and sperm that may or may not be from the intended parents, which are then transferred to the uterus of a surrogate mother. This woman, who is genetically unrelated to the child, will then bear that child with the intent of relinquishing the child at birth to the “intended” parent or parents, pursuant to a monetary contract.” -from the New York Catholic Conference

In New York State it is still illegal to pay a woman to, in essence, rent out her body in this way, but current legislation, Senate bill 2071/Assembly bill 1071, is being considered that would legalize it. Experience in other countries has found this practice to be terribly exploitative of poor women.  The practice has been almost entirely banned in European Union nations.   

Such a practice treats humans in utero and humans who are born as commodities. It treats women and their wombs as factories.  Please call your state elected officials to ask them to ensure this bill is stopped and sign the petition here: www.nyscatholic.org   Learn more about this issue at www.nyscatholic.org/gestational-surrogacy/  State Senate switchboard: (518) 455-2800 

 State Assembly switchboard: (518) 455-4100 Governor’s office: (518) 474-8390.  The switchboard operators will connect you with your state senator and assembly members, and can even look up for you who they are if you don’t know.



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