Tag: Event

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.

26th Annual Dinner/Dance a Success

Kevin Fox, GK and S.K. Michael Hilley, PGK, FDD with Bridge board members.

By Mary Beth Topczynski, Board Member

On Sunday, 4/15, Bridge hosted its 26th Annual Dinner/Dance fundraiser.  An afternoon of food, dancing and socializing made the event fun for one and all.  This year, Bridge implemented a new method for announcing the raffle basket winners.  Numbers were drawn by a board member and the winning number listed on a board for guests to view prior to leaving.  While not perfected yet, this provided more time for music and dancing which was well received by guests.

Honored this year were Sir Knight Michael Hilley, PKG, FDD and the Olympia Council Knights of Columbus #394 for their work to help the unborn.  S.K. Hilley and the council were instrumental in obtaining an ultrasound machine at New Beginnings medical facility located in Queens.  Bridge board members supported the council in their efforts to obtain this funding.

This was an important advancement in the mission to protect the unborn as this gives Bridge and other pregnancy service centers a place to send their pregnant women for an ultrasound in Queens.  The sonogram enables women to see that they are carrying a life – a baby.

Check out our Facebook page for more photos from this year’s dinner – a fun time was had by all.  And, even more important, a good cause, Bridge, was supported.

Missed this year’s event?  There’s always next year!  Save April 7, 2019 on your calendar now.

 

Bridge Supporters Walk in NYC IGLW

Rev. Desiree Bernstein; Catherine Donohoe, The Bridge to Life Board President; Dawn Eskew, President and Founder of Personhood Education of NY and Rosa Cerrato, IGLW Committee member.

By Catherine Donohoe, Bridge Board President

NYC’s 2018 International Gift of Life Walk (IGLW) took place on March 25th, Passion Sunday and The Feast of the Annunciation.  City onlookers were witness to the great worth and value participants hold for each and every human life as they walked down the Canyon of Heroes.

The event began with a Celebratory Rally and impassioned speeches from the five Grand Pro-Life Hero honorees:

  • Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Director of Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the largest African American pro-life network in America,
  • Fr. Fidelis Moscinski of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR);
  • Denise Mountenay, Founder and President of Canada Silent No More and a speaker who offers hope and healing to those affected by abortion and pregnancy loss;
  • Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life; and
  • Dr. Elizabeth Rex, Co-Founder and President of The Children First Foundation, the sponsor of “Choose Life” License Plates.  

Bridge supporters were members of the Steering Committee along with Personhood Education of New York, the organization that founded the Walk in 2017, to increase walk participant numbers from the prior year.  Planning began last July and included networking with like-minded organizations around the tri-state area to join the walk.  Our supporters walked behind the Bridge banner and a float which was designed and built by volunteers  Delvis and Anne Marie Estrada.  A special thanks goes out to the Estrada’s as well as Delvis’ cousin, Elvin Ortiz who donated his time as event DJ from Build Beat Entertainment. 

We are most grateful to all who came out on that chilly Sunday morning to give witness to the sanctity of life. You will be blessed!