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.