Words are insufficient to describe the profound sadness we feel at the contemplated passage of
New York State’s new proposed abortion policy. We mourn the unborn infants who will lose
their lives, and the many mothers and fathers who will suffer remorse and heartbreak as a result.
The so-called “Reproductive Health Act” will expand our state’s already radically permissive
law, by empowering more health practitioners to provide abortion and removing all state
restrictions on late-term procedures. With an abortion rate that is already double the national
average, New York law is moving in the wrong direction.

We renew our pledge to offer the resources and services of our charitable agencies and health
services to any woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, to support her in bearing her
infant, raising her family or placing her child for adoption. There are life-affirming choices
available, and we aim to make them more widely known and accessible.

Our Governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress.
Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each
unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death. Would that
not make us truly the most enlightened and progressive state in the nation?

Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger
Bishop of Albany
Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn
Most Rev. Richard J. Malone
Bishop of Buffalo
Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg
Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano
Bishop of Rochester
Most Rev. John O. Barres
Bishop of Rockville Centre
Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse
And the Auxiliary and Retired Bishops of New York State

New York State Catholic Conference
465 State Street • Albany, New York 12203-1004 • Tel. (518) 434-6195 • Fax. (518) 434-9796 •


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