If it seemed like New York couldn’t get any more anti-life, think again.
New York politicians will stop at nothing to normalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.
And now New York has passed radical legislation that discourages mothers from doing this for their children.
New York recently implemented policies making it even harder for pregnant moms to choose life.
Pro-lifers are furious that the blue state passed legislature discouraging mothers from putting babies up for adoption.
New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has implemented a rule restricting the financial support adoptive parents can offer birth mothers.
Critics argue that this limitation is tilting the scales in favor of abortion, making it more accessible than adoption in the state.
The OCFS, operating under Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration, has imposed a regulation stipulating that financial assistance can only be provided 60 days before the baby’s birth and 30 days after birth.
This restriction was outlined in a memo dated January 5, conveyed by OCFS Agency Director Shelly Fiebich. Fiebich clarified that the agency would only consider New York law when reviewing fees related to adoptive placements and would not accept out-of-state court orders on the matter.
The restriction has sparked criticism, particularly regarding its potential impact on birth mothers’ decisions to choose adoptive families.
Adoption lawyer Lisa Goldberg highlighted the discouraging effect on birth mothers to the Post, questioning, “Why would a birth mother pick you if you’re limited in how much you can assist her?”
She argued that the restriction puts expectant mothers at a disadvantage, limiting financial assistance even if the adoption occurs in their home state.
The New York Adoptive Placement Fee Disclosure Form, which details allowable fees, includes provisions for expenses such as housing, maternity clothing, child clothing, and transportation within specific timelines—60 days before the birth and 30 days after.
Notably, this financial limitation contrasts sharply with the state’s permissive policy on paid gestational surrogacy, legalized in 2021.
The state has set a minimum compensation of $35,000 for women engaging in gestational surrogacy and mandated health and life insurance for a year after the baby’s birth.
This dichotomy has raised eyebrows, questioning the state’s priorities in supporting various reproductive choices.
Dennis Poust, the executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, drew attention to the incongruity between the adoption directive and the state’s liberal abortion laws.
He argued that the current policy essentially makes it easier to choose abortion over adoption in the state.
“New York is encouraging women from other states to get abortions here but discouraging pregnant women from other states to provide loving homes for their babies right here in New York,” said Poust to the Post.
He expressed hope that the backlash against the policy would prompt Governor Hochul to reconsider the guidelines.
“We hope she will look at this situation and propose remedies where needed. Families who want to adopt and pregnant women who want to give the gift of love should have all the help they deserve from New York State,” added Poust.
As the debate unfolds, the restrictive financial support measures for birth mothers raise broader questions about the state’s commitment to facilitating adoption processes.
New York is making adoption harder and abortion easier, meaning that the fight for the lives of babies in their state is far from over.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.