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Great Defender of Life Dinner

By Alice Lemos, Board Member

What a wonderful event the Human Foundation does every year for its Great Defender of Life Dinner which was held at the Union League Club in Manhattan on October 4th!  Some of the best and the brightest show up to give their support to the journal known as the Human Life Review which has been aptly described as the premier pro-life journal of the United States.  Its contributors have included Nat Henthoff, Mary Meehan and Wesley Smith, all experts on the life issue who approach it from various perspectives. 

It was wonderful seeing young supports of the Review and of the life cause as well as stalwarts from National Review, including Kathryn Jean Lopez, Jack Fowler and Alexandra De Sanctis, who are all powerful pro-life writers.

This year, a very heartfelt tribute was given to the late J.P. McFadden, the founder of the Review.  Also honored were Edward Mechmann, an attorney with the Archdiocese of New York who has worked for many years with the Family Life/Respect Life Office. 

The other honoree was David Quinn, a founder and director of The Iona Institute which promotes the right to life.  He is also Ireland’s best-known commentator on social issues and lamented the fact that Ireland tragically voted to permit abortion.  He predicted that, unfortunately, Ireland may very well go the way of the United States as traditional social structures continue to break down. However, he gave us all the more reason to continue to fight the good fight both in Ireland and the United States.  We were reminded that while the abortion rate is dropping, it is still shockingly high.  This is absolutely one of the best pro-life events in New York City! 

We were also reminded by Maria McFadden Maffucci, that we live in a state, New York, where the current governor says we are not welcome.  Obviously, The Bridge to Life and other crisis pregnancy centers have their work cut out for them.

Photo of Alice Lemos, Board of Directors with David Smith and Dr. Ann Nolte. Dr. Nolte is the lead gynecologist for the Gianna Center and David Smith is involved in Catholic Hospitality.

 

Thailand Cave Rescue a Success

“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” The Navy SEAL unit, which led the rescue, said on its Facebook page, adding all were safe.

For the past few weeks, the entire world has been watching and waiting for news of the fate of 13 people they never met from a place they never knew existed. Scientists from all over the world opined on which was the best time and method to extract 12 boys and their young coach from a cave before the rains from the summer monsoons would make it impossible, sealing the fate of those trapped inside.

Even Elon Musk, the founder of Space X and Tesla, visited the site to drop off a miniature submarine made out of rocket parts to aid in the search.

Worldwide, there were prayers and good wishes offered no matter what religious background one does or does not practice.

With all the members of the Wild Boars and the SEAL Teams safely delivered, it seems the combination of a miracle and science is there to remind us all lives are sacred and matter. May this lesson live within all of us.

 

Supreme Court Ruling

On June 26, 2018, before the US Supreme Court ended its 2017-18 session, the court ruled 5-4 in favor of The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (DBA- NIFLA), et al. versus Becerra, Attorney General of California, et al.

The basis of the case was the California state houses passed a law requiring pro-life facilities to provide women who sought out pregnancy counseling at their facilities to provide information about abortion as a choice. NIFLA argued this law goes against everything pro-life organizations represent  (Note: The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a 501(3)(c) organization, provides training, education and legal counsel for their pro-life members and those they serve).

Justice Thomas delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Kennedy, Alito and Gorsuch joined.  Additionally, Kennedy filed a concurring opinion, in which Roberts, Alito and Gorsuch joined.

Justice Breyer, filed dissenting opinion, in which Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, joined.

The ruling is a huge win for the pro-life movement, and free speech. If the ruling was reversed, pro-life facilities would have had to give out information regarding abortions as well as their locations, or the equivalent of letting the fox into the chicken coop!

There’s an old saying in politics that as California goes, so does the rest of the country. With this ruling, we at Bridge certainly hope this is the beginning of a trend of respecting the lives of babies and their mothers.

 

Today’s Dads- Conventionally Unconventional

The official start of summer is upon us, and we hope Mother Nature will cooperate and follow her traditional weather patterns.

But Mother Nature is a funny thing.  Just when we mere mortals expect her to behave one way, she does something completely different, out of conventional character.

Society also has its conventional patterns as well. But when something or someone behaves in a manner which is not “the norm”, it’s met with finger pointing and posts to social media accounts.

Here at Bridge, our mission is to assist those who fall both in and out of normal conventions. We are here for mom and her children. Increasingly, we are welcoming more dads who are accompanying their families on our weekly material assistance days. Conventional? No!   Welcomed? Very much so!

We at The Bridge to Life hope all the Dads enjoyed their day!