Plan to attend and give support at this Preliminary Hearing between the two Plaintiffs’ attorneys, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) against the City of New York. This follows the passage of the new City Council law that brazenly attacks Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs).
New York City Council member Dan Halloran rallied local residents in Manhattan and Queens to help fight against passage of the bill, formerly known as 371A. But despite these efforts and many other pro-life and legal protests, Mayor Mike Bloomberg signed into law the Pregnancy Services Center Law, now Local Law 12 of 2011, on March 16th. Chris Slattery tells us that the Mayor admitted to him and Attorney Tiffany Barrons from the American Center for Law and Justice at the signing ceremony that he did not know if the new law was constitutional (!).
EMC Needs our Financial Support to Help Women!
“EMC is in our 26th year of operation,” says Chris Slattery. We've counseled over 110,000 women and saved 40,000 lives. NYC is trying to stop the vital ULTRASOUND program in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.”
The Msgr. Francis J. Dillon Knights of Columbus Council #5872 helped raise $6,000 in funds on May 19th towards the purchase of ULTRASOUND equipment costing $20,500. EMC is seeking matching funds from the K of C’s Supreme Council. Your local Knights Council’s contribution would be a big help in this effort!! You can donate online right now at www.emcfrontline.org/ or email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 914-224-5773.
“Expectant Mother Care-EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers provide free counseling and ULTRASOUND imaging to expectant mothers who are deciding whether to abort their child so they can make a fully informed decision. Last year EMC provided 4000 Ultrasounds. Between 2400 and 2500 mothers chose life in NYC where 87,000 babies were slaughtered by abortion in the last reported year (2009). By providing ULTRASOUND imaging, the EMC Centers have prevented countless abortions.”
GOD BLESS ALL WHO HELP OFFER WOMEN THE CHOICE OF LIFE!
The Knights of Columbus is holding its annual prayer rally in Albany today. Hundreds of people are praying and asking lawmakers to support them in opposing same-sex marriage and the Reproductive Health Act, which would update New York’s abortion laws in the event of action on the federal level that limits or restricts abortion. The Knights of Columbus are also praying for the state to reimburse Catholic schools for 100 percent of the costs they incur in complying with state mandates, as required by a 37-year-old state law.
“We've just participated in a historical moment,” parliamentary speaker Laszlo Kover said to the Associated Press. “The new constitution is built upon our past and traditions, but seeks and contains answers to current problems while keeping an eye on the future.”
The criminal trespass charges against the people protesting President Obama being honored at ND, with the May 17th two year anniversary approaching.
Here is the statement of Tom Dixon, who was the local South Bend lawyer involved for the defendants, who included five (three women, two men) from the NY area.
It is with gushing joy that I report that at 4:40 this afternoon, all of your cases, all of the ND 88 criminal cases, were dismissed! Praise Our Savior and His Mother!
For your records, I'm attaching a copy of the final agreement with ND, which added a subparagraph (h) to paragraph 6, to allow for faxed and emailed signatures. I am also attaching a copy of what is called the Minute Sheet or CCS entry, which is the Prosecutor's short form dismissal, signed by Chief Judge Scopelitis. The Prosecutor will file individual dismissals for each of your cases in the near future, and when I receive those, I will send them to you as well.
Our work is done. Special thanks to, and blessings be upon, The Thomas More Society (Tom Brejcha and Peter Breen) and upon the American Catholic Lawyers Association (Chris Ferrara, Michael Hirsh and Denis Brenan), and upon my former law professor and mentor Charlie Rice, for their unceasing support and dedication to this matter and to our cause.
May God Bless you all.
Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller of Citizens for a Prolife Society (who was arrested at Notre Dame) has an excellent posting, giving the background -
Charges Dropped Against Anti-Abortion Protesters at University’s Commencement with President Obama May 5, 2011 (Chicago)… Today, Michael Dvorak, St. Joseph County, Indiana prosecutor, dismissed the criminal trespass charges that he has pressed over the last two years against all of the pro-life protesters, known as the “ND88,” the individuals arrested for trespassing when they entered upon Notre Dame’s campus in peaceful and prayerful protest against the University’s bestowing honors on President Barack Obama at the 2009 Commencement. Dvorak dropped the charges as part of an agreement between the Thomas More Society and the University.
“This is a big step forward and a victory for the pro-life cause,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society and a 1965 Notre Dame graduate. “We are appreciative of the steps that Notre Dame has taken, including successive visits by University President John Jenkins, C.S.C., and other campus leaders to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., both in 2010 and 2011, to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and the creation of new and significant pro-life initiatives on campus. Those who share pro-life convictions may differ on tactics and approaches, but they best serve their sacred cause when they work together to secure the common good for all human beings, born and unborn alike, rather than carrying on as courtroom antagonists.”
Tom Dixon, South Bend, Indiana attorney and Thomas More Society special counsel, had led the defense over the last two years, during which the parties engaged in vigorous litigation, including extensive discovery proceedings.
The parties remain in profound disagreement over the 2009 Commencement, but after prayerful consideration they have decided to put their differences behind them, to cease battling in court, and rather to affirm a commitment to the fundamental proposition that each and every human life is sacred, from conception until natural death, no matter whether rich or poor, humble or exalted, wanted or “unwanted.”
Moreover, both parties have pledged not to rehash the events of the past, but on the contrary, to recognize each other’s pro-life efforts and to work together to find ways to increase those efforts and maximize their impact on the nation’s contentious, ongoing debate over abortion policy.