On Monday evening, April 30, the Westchester County Legislature will hold a public hearing on proposed legislation that would allow abortion clinic facilities to sue anyone who — in their opinion — has harassed or intimidated a person trying to gain access.
Please read this opinion piece submitted to the Journal News by the co-directors of the Hudson Valley Coalition for Life against this attempt to use the law to intimidate peaceful people who are expressing their views against abortion.
Click here for the latest issue of New York State Right to Life’s newsletter, LifeWorks. You’ll find articles about:
- Lobby for Life Day — May 1
- Mitt Romney endorsed by New York State RTL Political Action Committee
- “Where Do the Candidates Stand on Life?” — Romney and Obama: A Comparison
On April 18, the Journal News hosted a debate regarding the “Clinic Access Bill” — a bill currently under consideration in Westchester — which seeks to suppress the right to protest at abortion clinics. Click here to view the video of this discussion.
The pro-life free speech advocates were Tom Faranda and Judy Anderson, the co-directors of the Hudson Valley Coalition for Life, and Antoinette Consentino, MD, a pediatrician.
Speaking of free speech, according to the website LifeNet, it looks like the time allotments at this debate were a little lopsided:
- The anti-free speech, pro-abortion side got 26 minutes, including the first nine minutes 26 seconds.
- The free speech advocate, pro-life side 18 minutes.
If you are interested in attending this event, please call Rockland Right to Life at 845-732-8277 or email RocklandRTL@optonline.net, and we will put you in touch with others in Rockland who would like to go. Perhaps you can arrange to carpool together.
Last week Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the presidency. Santorum, who never shied away from issues of life, faith, and family, is the father of seven, including 3-year-old Bella, who has Trisomy 18, a condition which, when detected prenatally, almost always results in the child being aborted.
Sometimes a candidate’s strongest message is not found in his speeches or debate arguments. It emanates from who he or she is, and that can have the most powerful influence of all. Below, Joe Klein, the Newsweek columnist, who says he disagrees with Santorum on “almost every possible issue,” nevertheless admits that Rick and Bella have made him think about his own and our society’s response toward the disabled.
I am haunted by the smiling photos I’ve seen of Isabella with her father and mother, brothers and sisters. No doubt she struggles through many of her days — she nearly died a few weeks ago — but she has also been granted three years of unconditional love and the ability to smile and bring joy. Her tenuous survival has given her family a deeper sense of how precious even the frailest of lives are.
All right, I can hear you saying, the Santorum family’s course may be admirable, but shouldn’t we have the right to make our own choices?
Yes, I suppose. But I also worry that we’ve become too averse to personal inconvenience as a society—that we’re less rigorous parents than we should be, that we’ve farmed out our responsibilities, especially for the disabled, to the state—and I’m grateful to Santorum for forcing on me the discomfort of having to think about the moral implications of his daughter’s smile.
Right-to-Life Movement Focused on Defeating Barack Obama in November
WASHINGTON – Determined to secure a pro-life victory in the November election, which will decide the fate of unborn children for decades to come, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, today endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States.
“On pro-life issues, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama provide a stark contrast. As the country’s most pro-abortion president, Barack Obama has pursued a radical pro-abortion agenda,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “It is now time for pro-life Americans to unite behind Mitt Romney. For the sake of unborn children, the disabled, and the elderly, we must win.” Continue reading
Beginning at noon and Good Friday and continuing through the night and on until noon on Holy Saturday, people came to pray for the victims of abortion.
At this most solemn time of the year, they prayed that Planned Parenthood, the “modern-day Calvary,” will move out of our community.
The 40 Days of prayer and fasting to end abortion concluded at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, with a prayer service at the vigil site near the Planned Parenthood office on Perlman Drive in Spring Valley.
Eileen Peterson, co-director of the 40 Days for Life project in Rockland, welcomed the 30 volunteers who attended the closing ceremonies and thanked them for their faithful witness for Life. She noted the mainly positive response from the pedestrians and motorists who passed by during the long vigil. Continue reading