New York State Catholic Conference

The New York State Catholic Conference represents the Bishops of the state in working with government to shape laws and policies that pursue social justice, respect for life and the common good. We provide a unified voice for the eight dioceses of the state to speak on such issues as education, poverty, family life, abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia, social services, health care, criminal justice and the environment. We apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day and encourage citizen involvement in the legislative process.

The Catholic Action Network (CAN), an arm of the Catholic Conference, gives us all a larger voice in the halls of government. Through our email and social media alerts, CAN reaches tens of thousands of Catholics like you to provide educational updates on the important issues being debated and to provide the tools to simplify the process of contacting your elected officials.

Encourage your whole parish to sign-up and join the Network.

USCCB Action Center

Visit the USCCB Action Center to view our current action alerts and sign up for future alerts so that you can contact your elected representatives to express your concerns and opinions on upcoming legislation.

Encourage your whole parish to register for action center alerts.

  • U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee Chairman on Chemical Abortion Pill Policy Change

    WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that they will no longer be enforcing the “in-person dispensing requirement” for the chemical abortion pills during the remainder of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This requirement was put in place by public health officials over twenty years ago, under President Bill Clinton, as a necessary precondition to ensure that pregnant women do not have contraindications that would make the abortion pills even more unsafe and possibly deadly for the woman. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

    “It is difficult to see the FDA’s decision to not enforce important safety protocols as anything other than callous capitulation to the requests of abortion activists without regard for the health and safety of the women involved. An in-person evaluation by a medical professional is necessary to accurately determine the age of the baby (abortion pills are only approved for use in the first 70 days), whether the pregnancy is ectopic (which the woman has no way of knowing on her own), and to test and treat for Rh-incompatibility between mother and baby. Without this information and proper treatment, a woman’s health, future fertility, and life are placed in serious jeopardy. With this decision, not only are women being sold the lie that abortion will solve their problems, but also that chemical abortion is a safe and easy way to go about it. By pushing women away from medical oversight, abortion advocates are luring women into isolated, unsafe, and medically unwise decisions. The inalienable dignity of women and their unborn children deserves so much more.”

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  • No Taxpayer Abortion
    SIGN THE PETITION

    Taxpayer dollars should NOT pay for abortion.  Tell Congress not to tak innocent lives!  Sign the petition at NoTaxpayerAbortion.com.

    FLYER

    No Taxpayer Abortion Flyer

    INFOGRAPHIC:  NOT TAXPAYER ABORTION

    Educate others with this handy reverence sheet of facts and figures. . It explains how the Hyde Amendment protects human life, the perilous danger of it being eliminated, and what would happen if it were.


    Fact Sheets on Abortion
  • Action Needed to Stop Infanticide

    The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619) has again been introduced in Congress to protect babies from infanticide.

    But efforts to bring the bill to a vote in the House are being blocked. Your action is needed to urge your Representative to sign a discharge petition that would allow this vote to occur.

    Some states have passed laws to expand abortion and to repeal laws providing specific protections for babies born alive after surviving an attempted abortion. The Born-Alive Act would provide these specific protections nationwide to help prevent newborns from being killed or left alone to die.

    We must continue to push Congress to pass the Born-Alive Act, so babies born alive following an abortion attempt are treated the same as any other newborn baby.  PLEASE ACT TODAY!!!

    Take Action Click here

    Click here for more information.

  • Webinar recording of The Equality Act and What it Means for Catholics

    A one-hour national briefing about the Equality Act brought to you by the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and New York, the Dioceses of Arlington and Green Bay together with the Catholic Conferences of Colorado and Virginia and in collaboration with Catholic dioceses throughout the country.

    To view the recording click here.

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Diocesan Public Policy Committe (DPPC)

The DPPC advises the Bishop on public policy matters, meets with legislators, and works to encourage parish participation in social justice advocacy addressing issues at the local, state, national and international levels.

To learn more about the DPPC Click Here