As legislative session looms, we need your support

Published on December 13th, 2013

rickbarnesThis Sunday, as we light the rose candle on the Advent wreaths in our homes and churches, we will have a visual reminder that Christmas is drawing ever closer. We look ahead to the birth of a baby in a manger, the incarnation of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is proper that we pause in silent wonder at this loving gift from our heavenly Father.

At the same time, here at the New York State Catholic Conference, we must also look ahead, to the New Year and a new legislative session in Albany. This past year, thanks largely to your advocacy with your legislators, we defeated an insidious proposal pushed by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League designed to dramatically expand late-term abortion here and to lower medical standards for women seeking abortions by allowing non-physicians to perform them. While we were victorious, it was a narrow win, with only one vote in the state Senate keeping this bill from becoming law. The abortion groups, which have a financial stake in pushing for as many abortions as possible, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to date in their attempt to get it passed, and they have pledged to fight just as hard in the coming session. We can never match their financial resources, but with the power of prayer and the united voices of Catholics and other pro-life New Yorkers across the state, we are confident we can hold it off again.

At the same time, we will continue our efforts to enact passage of an Education Investment Tax Credit, to promote donations to scholarship funds for children in our Catholic schools and all schools in the state. We see this bill as critical to easing the financial burden faced by our tuition-paying parents, and we are getting closer than ever to victory. We will fight too for increased funding for programs that help people who are living in poverty as well as those who are old, infirm, mentally ill or otherwise vulnerable.

To be successful in these efforts, it is imperative that we have the resources to continue to educate Catholic citizens on these issues so that they can take action with their elected officials. We do this through our Catholic Action Network, which sends you alerts and information updates throughout the year, and through our annual Catholics at the Capitol event with the New York State Bishops, to be held on Wednesday, March 19.

Would you please consider a tax-deductible contribution at this time to help us with these important efforts? We hope to ramp up our network activities more than ever, but we need your help. Any amount, whether $5, $50 or $500, will be so valuable to us, the official public policy voice of Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the New York State Bishops.


We are so grateful for your support and your prayers. May God grant you a Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year.

Very Truly Yours in Christ,

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Richard E. Barnes
Executive Director

P.S. Whether or not you can send a gift, please send any special prayer intentions you may have to, and we will share with our Bishops so they can remember them at Mass.r
New York State Catholic Conference

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