“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?” (Proverbs 24:10-12)
The Butler Amendment is a pro-life amendment to the New York State Budget that is introduced each year in the Assembly in an attempt to end the use of taxpayer funds for elective abortions. The Amendment is named for its original sponsor, the late Asm. Denis Butler (D-Queens).
For the past several years, Asm. Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) has introduced the Butler Amendment during the annual budget process. This year, the Butler Amendment (A.3007-B – Motion A-1 – Crespo) was defeated, 49-95, on April 5, 2017. All Assembly Republicans voted in favor of the Butler Amendment with the exception of Asm. Clifford Crouch (R-Bainbridge), while eight Democrats also cast “yea” votes.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms thanks Asm. Crespo for taking a stand for life by introducing the Butler Amendment. We also thank the 41 Republicans and eight Democrats who voted in favor of the Amendment. NYCF will continue to work toward a future when the Butler Amendment will become law in the State of New York.
(To see how your Assemblymember voted, please click here.)