Governor Hochul’s radical pro-abortion budget is unprecedented in its expansiveness. Her budget proposal would force all for-profit businesses and non-religious non-profits to have abortion coverage in insurance policies that they offer their employees. What this means is that any religious for-profit business would have to offer abortion coverage in their insurance plans even if it goes against their religious beliefs, as would be the case for an Evangelical Christian bookstore.
Freedom of religion is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution and is a cornerstone and defining element of American society. Governor Hochul tosses this fundamental right aside to give a bone to billionaire-bankrolled Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion lobbying groups. Given the structure of insurance coverage post-Obamacare, not only would Part R force religious business owners to subsidize abortions of their employees even if it goes against their religious beliefs, but it would also force religious employees to subsidize other employees’ abortions as well. On top of the religious freedom concerns associated with this bill, it would also be a taxpayer dollar sinkhole.
Given recent unsettled Supreme Court litigation surrounding abortion and contraception coverage for religious businesses, this bill could lead to a waste of taxpayer funding. Pro-abortion AG Letitia James would have to defend the bill in federal court as numerous religious groups would certainly sue over the law. This federal litigation would cost New York taxpayers millions.
The left moved the goalposts; rather than aiming to make abortion “safe, legal and rare,” they now require on-demand, taxpayer-funded, late-term abortions up to and until the moment of birth (and also post-birth, according to Democrat ex-Governor Northam of Virginia). The Democrat Party and Governor Hochul have turned their backs on religious New Yorkers to appease a globalist billionaire cabal that believes abortions are necessary to reduce population growth, slow global warming, and destroy the family as a social unit. The New York Young Republican Club is ardently pro-life and pro-religious freedom, and we stand wholeheartedly against Part R of the proposed budget.
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