Cathy Donohue receives Sanctity of Life Honor

Catherine Donohoe was the Sanctity of Life honoree at the 2019 Lincoln Dinner hosted on March 24, 2019 by the Queens Village Republican Club.

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy Donohoe – Lincoln Dinner Acceptance Speech

International Gift of Life Walk, March 25, 2019

Submitted by Catherine Donohoe
President, The Bridge To Life

With the early spring’s cool breezes, over 300 people walked through the Canyon of Heroes in New York City to let New York City know that not all of us are pro-abortion. Not all New Yorkers follow suit with the mayor and governor. We don’t think it’s moral or ethical to kill a child on their birthday! In fact, we think it’s absolutely inhumane.

I participated in the International Gift of Life Walk on the anniversary of our Lord’s Incarnation, the Annunciation, March 25th, 2019. We marched from Foley Square through the Canyon of Heroes. We made our presence know to people on their way to work. Bridge to Life had a presence.

This article was in this week’s Tablet. A story was featured on Currents news program Monday night. I was interviewed on camera.

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“I was actually aborted and I survived.”

These were the words spoken by Melissa Ohden at the annual International Gift of Life Walk in Manhattan, March 25.

Fourty-one years ago, doctors performed a failed saline infusion abortion on Ohden’s birth mother.

“Of course they believed that when I was delivered in the final step of the abortion procedure that it had been successful, but I was accidentally born alive,” she said.

Ohden and hundreds of other pro-life activists, including many Knights of Columbus and members of the Diocese of Brooklyn, gathered in downtown Manhattan for the annual march focused on preserving life from conception to natural death.

Abortion Capital

New York has long been known as the abortion capital of America. Abort 73, a Christian organization that collects data on abortions, estimates that 239 children are killed every single day in the state.

Pro-life activists are alarmed by the high abortion rates and by new state laws that severely limit restrictions on abortions. Bridge to Life President Catherine Donohoe is now doing everything possible to push back. She says events like this send a strong message.

“To let people know, that all of New York doesn’t follow suit with our mayor and our governor who signed into bill RHA [Reproductive Health Act] that allows abortion up until the day of the baby’s birthday,” she said. “Now we are praying to save the babies, unborn and newly born.”

Event organizer Dawn Eskew, said the walk is a way to empower those with anti-abortion views who might be afraid to speak out.

“This is one way to encourage New Yorkers you need to speak,” said Eskew.

If you can’t speak about pro-life issues in the public or try to educate people in the public then we will never advance.”

 

 

Day of mourning for the unborn – February 2019

Day of Mourning and Reparation for the Sin of Abortion
By Cathy Donohoe, President Board of Directors

What a wonderful day of prayer was held in Albany on February 23, 2019, where the RHA was signed into law a month ago January 22, 2019. It was not just signed into law, it was celebrated with loud cheers and standing ovations. The governor of NYS even demanded the Freedom Tower be lit up in pink!

I was blessed to represent The Bridge To Life in a day filled with prayer, fasting, worship, and witness. It wasn’t a day for rallies or marches or fundraising or political gatherings. It was a day to tell God how sorry we are for what our country is doing to His children.

Our Lord has blessed the United States with tremendous gifts, the most precious being the gift of life. We are whittling away at the protections that all human life should be receiving as United States citizens. In our United States right now, an unborn child is not considered a human being with the unalienable right to life. The child now doesn’t have the right to life if the mother had intended to abort them. If they survive the botched abortion, they can be left to die!

In response to this, many pastors from around New York State encouraged all in attendance to pray for our legislators as well as to support our many women support centers like The Bridge to Life. We were told to pray for our enemies, and to be kind to them.

Let us pray that we continue to have supporters that believe in the mission of Bridge to assist women in making life-affirming choices for their families. Let us pray that our doors will remain open while women are in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Year, Another March to Protect Life!

By Cathy Donohoe, President Board of Directors

On Friday, January 18th, facing temperatures in the low 30’s and light snow, a group of marchers from Queens ventured to Washington DC for the 46th annual March for Life.  I organized and accompanied two buses which left Queens at 5:30 a.m., after a Mass celebrated for the unborn.  One bus was filled with young people – at least 12 who were attending for the first time.

We continue to march each year to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade — a decision from the Supreme Court legalizing abortion in our country. We march to stand up for the voiceless. We march for women who find themselves in unplanned pregnancies. We march because we believe all people have the right to life and that their lives should be protected from conception ’til natural death.

Among the marchers were men and women conceived in rape whose mothers were courageous and believed that their children, regardless of how they were conceived, deserved the right to live.  We marched with women who regretted their abortions and told their stories at the Supreme Court.  We marched with prayer warriors who witness outside abortion facilities every week to encourage young women not to abort. We march with people like me who volunteer at women support centers throughout the country to encourage women to make life-affirming choices for their families.

Thank you to all the pilgrims that accompanied me to our capital. Next year we hope to have the same march and celebrate an end of Roe v. Wade.

Read more about the march:  “I Went to the March for Life.  Here are 7 Things I Saw” 

 

Unborn Lives are in even More Danger if NYS Passes RHA

With one party controlling all three houses of the State’s government, the passage of the Reproductive Health Act-RHA is on the horizon if those who believe in life can’t stop it.

While many people are praised and given heroic awards for saving lives: police, fire, Good Samaritans, to name a few, in New York State, it appears if one tries to save the life of an unborn child up until the ninth month of gestation, it could mean fines and/or prison terms.  Welcome to the ‘New’ New York.

RHA also gives authority to non-licensed physicians to perform abortions and also repeals protections for accidental live births and third trimester abortions.

Apparently, many of our NYS elected officials have forgotten the immortal words written by Thomas Jefferson in The Declaration of Independence:

“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE , Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Click here to read more about RHA.  Then please take action to help protect both the unborn and their mothers!

Morning-After Pill in Vending Machines

Alice Lemos, Board of Directors, recently commented on a new development on college campuses: having the “morning after pill” available in vending machines. Her message is simple: the “pill” doesn’t solve everyone’s problems. At Bridge, while we’re not a medical facility, we try to holistically meet the needs of all mothers who visit us through material assistance, community referrals, and more. Check out Alice’s take:

Air Date on Net TV: Dec. 18, 2018
https://netny.tv/episodes/currents/morning-after-pill-in-vending-machines/

A Festive Luncheon

A Festive Luncheon – by Catherine Donohoe, President

Amongst pandemonium of this season of preparation—with the decorating, the card writing, the baking, the parties, and more—it was delightful to take a break to attend the annual Bishop’s Luncheon at Russo‘s on the Bay. We were happy to catch up with many of our supporters, especially pastors from local churches who have supported our work at Bridge for many years.

We were afforded the opportunity to elaborate on some of our recent activities at Bridge.  They were thrilled to hear that Santa Clause would be coming for a visit during a Material Assistance day this month, complements of St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus. The Knights have also included us in their coat and toy drive this year, for which we are abundantly thankful.  We were also grateful to be able to introduce ourselves to some new supporters.

Our hope for you all during this busy season is that you take the time to enjoy the warmth and love that comes this time of year and know that, here at Bridge, we are spreading that love even further to our moms and children with your support.

Wishing you all our best for a joyous Christmas and holiday season and a very happy New Year. 

Everybody loves a baby.  We were gifted to see a presentation given to us by students from the Immaculate Conception Academy in Astoria.

 

 

 

A quick picture with Bishop DiMarzio: our Board of Directors members are Julia Chitos, Vice President,  and Cathy Donohoe, President.

New York Post

“All I tell [women in need] is you have choices,” says The Bridge To Life’s Virginia Gallo. “I can help you with adoption… get you free medical care. It’s not all political.”

Please check out this article from the New York Post. It remains relevant and necessary. We are the largest provider of material assistance in the NYC area and our number one priority is to serve mothers who need our support and provide the resources they need to make informed decisions. Our mission is to ensure that mothers are able to raise their children in a loving and secure environment. We are here throughout their lives to carry their burdens and their joys with them. Thanks for the coverage, NY Post!

Seek What Unites, Not What Divides

By Mary Grace Donohoe – Interim Administrator

We were recently offered the opportunity to run a workshop at the Students for Life Northeast Regional Leadership Conference. This was a fabulous opportunity to allow local, college-aged folks to learn more about the services we provide and how we utilize our network of support and resources to give women the choice of life when they are faced with unplanned pregnancies and other forms of crises.

We had a very interesting conversation about the nuances of the pro-life and pro-choice movements and the politicization of the female body and how this does a disservice to all women in challenging situations.

After a brief presentation on our services and network, we jumped right into an activity called “Step Into the Circle,” where a list of identities is read. If the phrase applies to you, you step into the circle, revealing that, sometimes personal, identity. This activity often bonds a group very quickly as it reveals our various life circumstances, privileges, and disadvantages. This led to an incredibly nuanced and necessary discussion on how to engage other young women and men in fruitful dialogue concerning this issue in an exceptionally politicized climate. This specific activity was used because, when approaching women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, or people who do not share our views, it is essential to understand our personal viewpoints and how others may have life experiences that cause them to think and act differently. It is only after reflecting on this nuance that we are able to move past our differences and build relationships with the women we want to serve.

I come from a peacebuilding background, where facilitators always encourage participants to “seek what unites, not what divides.”

We brainstormed events and issues we could discuss with college peers that would spark conversations and build relationships between opposing groups such as attending “Take Back the Night,” a campaign that speaks out against sexual violence against women.

We also introduced our newly designed stickers, which put a modern and unique twist on our messaging at Bridge, by stating “Pro-Choice: means there is more than one choice.”

We also discussed in depth how characterizing all “pro-choicers” as one block of people without diversity and nuance is allowing our mission and message to fall short among young people—who are the future of this movement. It is essential that we approach those with differing opinions with compassion, patience, and understanding if we are truly going to support women through perhaps the most unpredictable time of her life.

Our message is not that parenthood is the easy option, but rather that women are strong, capable and powerful! It is our responsibility at Bridge to spread this message, grapple with the nuance of our cause, and support all the women that walk through our doors.