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29 APRIL 2013 - For Immediate Release

CATHOLICS URGED TO CONTACT NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE “REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT”

In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced his support for a bill called the “Reproductive Health Act”.  This is an extreme bill, and it would greatly expand abortion in New York State.  It would declare abortion a “fundamental right”, and would ensure that abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason.  It would make prevent any reasonable regulation such as parental notification or informed consent requirements, or bans on partial birth abortions.  It would endanger women by allowing non-doctors to perform abortions.  It could threaten the religious liberty of religious hospitals by requiring them to cooperate in abortions.

New York State already has far too many abortions -- over 30 percent of pregnancies end in abortion, over 111,000 each year.  We don’t need broader abortion laws.  We need our law to respect human life at all stages. And we need to offer New York women real alternatives to abortion and provide them with a network of support and resources to enable them to bear their children and raise their families with dignity.  

Please contact your state legislators to oppose the “Reproductive Health Act” or any other measure designed to expand abortion in New York State.  To do so, visit www.nyscatholic.org and click on "Take Action".

Go to www.newyorkersforlife.org to keep up on the latest information.
 

About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1,544,167 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2012, 15,606 baptisms, 15,366 confirmations, 16,374 First Holy Communions and 3,193 marriages took place in the diocese.  

There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs.  More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system.   In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (04/13).