Only 5-4, which is very sad. But infinitely better than 4-5.
The contraceptives the plaintiffs objected to were, of course, abortifacients.
We will post more on this decision in the next ew days.
Only 5-4, which is very sad. But infinitely better than 4-5.
The contraceptives the plaintiffs objected to were, of course, abortifacients.
We will post more on this decision in the next ew days.
From the Catholic League - excerpt below the link to the full report
Yesterday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of 60 New York leaders to his transition committee. He instructed them to “identify women and men from every part of our city and walk of life” that wants a better New York. He lied. Also lying was Transition Co-Chair Jennifer Jones Austin, who said that committee members “come from every slice of civic life—business and labor, science and the arts, clergy….” (My italic.)
In fact, there are two ministers, two rabbis and one imam on the transition committee. There are no Catholic priests. Catholics make up 52.5 percent of New York, yet they have no clergy representation. This is not an oversight: every attempt was made to include persons from virtually every sector of New York. This was clearly done by design. Looks like de Blasio’s politics of inclusion has its limits.
To make matters worse, de Blasio showed his contempt for Catholics by naming to his transition committee the man who insulted them in 1999 with the “Sensation” exhibit, Arnold L. Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. That exhibit featured a portrait of Our Blessed Mother with elephant dung and pornographic cut outs on it. I led a demonstration against it.
This video was posted on youtube in March and has been seen by almost two million (and counting). Below the video is a link to the story of it's creation.
Yesterday, the people who created the video posted this.
Kimberly Hahn is the wife of educator, author, and speaker Scott Hahn. Here she is speaking in Ohio, on the SBA "Women Speak Out" bus tour.
This fine flyer is the work of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, whose Director is Monica Migliorino Miller, PhD. This is a Michigan-based group and Dr. Miller is a theology professor at St. Mary's College of Madonna University in Orchard Lake, Michigan.
It''s all summed up on one page, which you can easily download and print -
Join EMC at Preliminary Injunction Hearing - now Wednesday, June 15 (updated 6/1/11), 2:30 p.m., U.S. Court House, Courtroom 11-D, 500 Pearl Street, NYC; Open to Public
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 email@example.com; 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!
Thanks to Ed Mechmann for sending this to us.
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.
From Population Research Institute -
In a move that has shocked the European Union and drawn heavy fire from pro-choice and homosexual activist groups around the world, Hungary approved a new constitution that bans gay marriage, and protects human life from the moment of conception.
“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 vote was 240-185 to de-fund. Seven Republicans voted against the bill and ten Democrats for it. One Republican voted "present" (?) and there were seven representatives who did not vote.
Republican Nan Hayworth, who is prochoice/proabortion and defeated prochoice/proabortion John Hall last year in the NY 19th Congressional District, had campaigned in favor of legal abortion but opposed to government funding. However in recent days she had been non-committal on how she would vote on de-funding.
She did vote with the majority to de-fund.
Go here for full listing of Representatives - H R 1 RECORDED VOTE 18-Feb-2011 2:13 PM
This from ALL and STOPP -
We wrote to you earlier this week asking you to contact members of the House in support of efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Just a few minutes ago, the House of Representatives voted 240-185 to add Amendment #11 to the Continuing Resolution bill. This amendment, introduced by Representative Mike Pence, prohibits any federal government money going to Planned Parenthood until, at least, September 30, 2011.
It is a major victory and your prayers and actions made it happen.
The fight is not over. This amendment must also be passed in the Senate. It will be a major struggle and Planned Parenthood is already saying it will put all of its emphasis on defeating it in the Senate. Planned Parenthood has over $1 billion to throw at this.
We, at American Life League will continue to be there for you as the battle rages. Our congressional team is ready to educate every senator on the evils of Planned Parenthood. We believe we can win, but we need your help.
First, please pray for our efforts.
Then, please send us your maximum donation as soon as you can. We will need funds for producing material to counteract what Planned Parenthood has promised to be a massive propaganda effort on its part.
You can donate online,
or mail your contribution to:
American Life League
P.O. Box 1350
Stafford, VA 22555
Or simply call us at 888-546-2580.
Whatever you can send will greatly help in our efforts to maintain this victory and defund Planned Parenthood completely.
Michelle Malkin had a very fine column and blog posting.
The column also provides plenty of links to useful articles, videos, etc.
Republicans have had the opportunity to de-fund Planned Parenthood many times over the years and failed. Do they have the will and the courage to pay more than lip service now? In the wake of the Philadelphia Horror and related “women’s health” butcher cases, the momentum to strip the abortion industry racket of taxpayer funding is stronger than ever. Over the past several years, some brave undercover journalists at Live Action Films — long chronicled on this blog — have repeatedly exposed the group’s willingness to aid and abet sexual predators, skirt disclosure laws, and perpetuate a criminal enterprise at the expense of pregnant mothers and their unborn children’s health, safety, and lives.
My column today recaps the shameful history of Planned Parenthood predation — and points out that the open, systematic undermining of parental authority by the abortion radicals deserves as much scrutiny as what they do on hidden cameras.
The following notice comes to the HVCL from Richard Brand. Rich and his wife Marie helped organize for the Yonkers Respect Life Week event at the Polish Center recently. Do your research and help them out!
There will be a special election on Tuesday, February 15th for County Legislator in the 12th County Legislative District. This seat was formally held by Tom Abinanti who was elected to the State Assembly in November. There is a clear choice for the vacant position. We are supporting Nicholas DeCicco who is pro-life and running on the Republican line. His opponent, MaryJane Shimsky, is a Democrat and totally for the choice of abortion. Since this is a special election, voter turnout will be low so every vote really counts.
We must do what we can to have DeCicco elected. We have his palm cards that can be distributed outside the churches in the 12th district. While they do not specifically reference his pro-life position,we can hand them out after Masses at designated churches and tell parishioners to vote for him as a pro-life/pro-family candidate. Churches in Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, and Irvington will be covered by Liz Costanza's group.
Can you help pass out the literature at Sat./Sun. Masses? I have the Mass schedules. Please let me know if you and others you know can help. We will finalize distribution assignments by Friday night and arrange for distribution of the palm cards. Thanks!
12th Westchester Legislative District Catholic Churches
1. St. Matthew- Hastings on Hudson
2. Sacred Heart- Dobbs Ferry
3. OLP – Dobbs Ferry
4. Immaculate Conception- Irvington
5. Our Lady of Perpetual Help- Ardsley
6. Our Lady of Fatima- Yonkers
7. Sacred Heart – Hartsdale
8. Our Lady of Shkoda- Hartsdale
9. Lady of Mt. Carmel – Elmsford (partial area)
This is really fine coverage -and includes the keynote speaker Dr. Alveda King, niece of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.
Hit the link! Fighting an Unjust Bill
This is an email from 40 Days for Life -
Last night 21,613 people jammed onto the "Unplanned"
webcast to hear former Planned Parenthood clinic
director Abby Johnson reveal what she experienced
inside the abortion business -- and why she resigned
her job and joined the pro-life movement.
The positive comments are still pouring in!
We know some people had a hard time getting on due to
the high demand, so we rushed to get the recording of
the event online for you. You can listen now at:
The webcast served as a sneak preview for TODAY'S
release of Abby's tell-all book, "Unplanned," which
is being published in an historic arrangement between
Tyndale House, Focus on the Family, and Ignatius
Press, and endorsed by dozens of prominent leaders
and respected organizations.
You can download and read Chapter 1 of "Unplanned,"
along with many of the endorsements, for FREE (as a
PDF document) at:
You won't be the same after reading that chapter!
During the webcast we announced that Ignatius Press
has published a special edition of "Unplanned" with
exclusive bonus content, including:
* Foreword by Fr. Frank Pavone, national director
of Priests for Life
* Introduction by David Bereit, our 40 Days for Life
national director, on the power that prayer played
in Abby's conversion (you will LOVE this!)
* Publisher's Note from Fr. Joseph Fessio, student
and friend of Pope Benedict XVI, and founder of
Ignatius Press, on the monumental impact that he
expects to see due to Abby's book
To make things even better for the webcast, Ignatius
Press slashed prices on the "Unplanned" special
edition by 35% -- their very best pricing!
Unfortunately, the flood of orders -- combined with
what appears to be a vicious, orchestrated "denial of
service" attack by those who don't want you reading
Abby's book -- caused the Ignatius web server to
crash during our webcast, and many people could not
get their copies of "Unplanned."
But are we going to let abortion advocates win the
Instead, let's use this opportunity to send Planned
Parenthood and the abortion industry a message.
DAY ONE is the most important day of sales for a new
book. Let's rally together TODAY to set sales records
and send "Unplanned" up the bestseller charts on the
first day it is available.
That will send shock waves through the abortion
business, and will get the attention of the secular
media -- helping to spread this message far and wide!
Now, let me be totally transparent ... 40 Days for
Life is not being compensated a single nickel for
promoting this book. We just believe in it 100% and
want to share it with everyone we know!
With that said, Ignatius Press worked late into the
night fortifying their web servers -- and now they're
ready! Go grab copies of "Unplanned" for yourself,
friends, family members, people at church, and other
But make sure to do it TODAY, if at all possible, so
it counts toward DAY ONE totals.
Let's make this a tipping point moment in our efforts
to end abortion!
40 Days for Life
P.S.- As you read "Unplanned" you will be in awe to
discover the vital role 40 Days for Life played in
Abby's conversion -- underscoring the importance of
your prayers and efforts! Prepare to be blessed as
you read this book:
P.P.S.- The next 40 Days for Life campaign will be
conducted from March 9 - April 17. Many people have
asked when their city can apply to participate in
that campaign. The answer: starting next Monday,
January 17! Stay tuned for more details.
According to the Westchestergov.com press release on December 30, 2010,
"County Executive Robert P. Astorino today named a new commissioner of Social Services, selecting a person with almost three decades of bottom-to-top professional experience in health and human services to oversee the county's largest department...Kevin M. McGuire, a one-time New York City social services caseworker who up until this week was executive director of the Maryland Department of Human Resources Family Investment Administration, was selected following a nationwide search. He will begin his new job next week."
"McGuire began his career in the human services field in 1981 as a caseworker in the South Bronx for the new York City Human Resources Administration. He stayed with the department until 2003 in a variety of positions that focused on programs as well as date processing and technology. Form 1998-2003 he served as the Bronx deputy regional manager, where he was part of the team that planned and implemented New York City's successful welfare reform efforts."
Read more about him at the County website at www3.westchestergov.com. We are hopeful that he, like Rob Astorino and others, will bring conservative and life affirming sensibilities to his new position in service to all the people of our County.
Welcome, Commissioner McGuire!
Unfortunately, most of them are Republicans - you can't make fundamental change with the backing of only one party.
From the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List. The SBA List works to elect prolife women.
On November 16, Theresa Bonopartis, Chris Slattery and representatives for and against the Council Legislation #371 met in Council chambers to speak their minds and hearts about the Council's attempt to curtail, fine, and eventually shut down crisis pregnancy centers throughout the City and they hope, nationwide.
Here is Wall Street Journal coverage -
"This is about truth in advertising and women's health," said Council Member Jessica Lappin, the bill's primary sponsor. "There are two dozen anti-choice centers masquerading as health clinics right here in New York City….Rather than provide full and accurate medical information to women they mislead and manipulate them."
But abortion opponents defended the centers as providing legitimate counseling and an alternative for women who don't want to have an abortion. They called the proposal a violation of First Amendment rights and threatened legal action if it passes.
Chris Slattery, president of Expectant Mother Care Frontline Pregnancy Centers, which operates 12 centers, said some of its centers have medical affiliations and licensed staff. He acknowledged that not all of them do and that licensed staff isn't always on the premises. "We can document thousands of experiences, negative, at abortion clinics in New York," he testified
This legislation is an embarrassment, even by New York standards. Where are the champions of the First Amendment? Do other legitimate businesses understand how this type of coercive legislation will effect them? Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other organizations that are fed monetarily and politically by the abortion industry are hungry for more. This time it is retribution against the success of pregnancy care centers that are trying to give women a choice other than abortion. I thought we were all interested in fewer abortions? Remember "safe, legal and rare"? This legislation rips the masks off those pretenders. Let your voices be heard, citizens!
For budgetary reasons.
Abortion supporters are, of course, quick to state that Planned Parenthood provides many other “non-abortion” services that benefit women, but Governor Christie had a quick answer. From NRTL:
Gov. Christie responded that women could get the same services from other clinics and federally qualified health centers around the state.
The numbers of prolife women officeholders has ncreased dramatically. The following is from Kathryn Jean Lopez writing in NRO.
According to the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect pro-life candidates, especially pro-life women, “The percentage of women in the House of Representatives who are pro-life increased by 60 percent while the percentage of women who are pro-choice decreased by 16 percent.” Additionally, one pro-life woman was elected to the Senate (from New Hampshire); previously there had been none. And there are now four pro-life women governors in the U.S., outnumbering the two legal-abortion-activist women governors, who are both up for reelection in 2012.
We have combined information from several sources and at the end is a link to the Right-to-Life Party website. Forward &/or copy - Spread this around!
NY Governor: Carl Paladino
NYS Comptroller: Neither
Attorney General: Dan Donovan
2 Year Term: Joseph DioGuardi
Full Term: Jay Townsend
US House of Representatives
District 17 (Mt. Vernon, parts of Green-burgh, Yonkers and the Bronx) - Anthony Mele
District 18 (Pelm, Eastchter, New Rochle, Mamaronk, Rye, Harrison, Scarsdale, Wt Plains, Mt. Plesnt, No.Castle – Cortes DeRussy (Write in - MUST be spelled correctly!)
District 19 (Peekskill, Yorktown, Cort-landt,, Somers, No. Salem, Bedford, Pound Ridge, Lewisboro, and Mt. Kisco; Putnam) - Neil DiCarlo (write in - MUST be spelled correctly!)
New York State Senate
District 34 (Eastchester, parts of Mt. Vernon, Yonkers, Pelham, New Rochelle, and the Bronx) - Frank Vernuccio, Jr.
District 35 (Towns of Greenburgh and Mt. Pleasant, most of Yonkers) - Liam McLaughlin
District 36 (Parts of Mt. Vernon and the Bronx) - Neither
District 37 (Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, No. Castle, Ossining, Rye, Scarsdale, parts of New Rochelle, and Wt Plains) - Neither
District 40 (Northern Westchester, Putnam County, part of Dutchess County)) - Greg Ball
New York State Assembly
District 87 (Mt. Vernon, part of Yonkers) - Samuel L. Rivers
District 88 (Eastchester, Pelham, Scarsdale, part of White Plains and New Rochelle) - Rene Atayan
District 89 (Northeastern Westchester, Harrison, most of White Plains) - Neither
District 90 (Cortlandt, Ossining, Peekskill, Kent, Phillipstown, Putnam Valley) - Neither
District 91(Mamaroneck, Rye Town, Rye, part of New Rochelle) - Neither
District 92 (Greenburgh, Mt. Pleasant, part of Yonkers) - Thomas Bock
District 93 (Most of Yonkers) - Mike Ramondelli
District 99 (Yorktown, No. Salem, Somers, part of Dutchess and Putnam) - Steve Katz
NY State Supreme Court
State Supreme Court: Matthew Byrne
State Supreme Court: James Burke
State Supreme Court: J. Emmett Murphy
Westchester County Court
County Court: Douglas Martino
Westchester Family Court
West. Family Court: Mary Clark
West. Family Court: Raymond Belair
West. Family Court: Anthony DeCintio
City Court: Richard Sweeney
County Executive: Mary Ellen Odell
Local Right to Life Party - www.righttolife-9jd.com
Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke stressed to Catholic voters in a recent interview that they have a “very serious” obligation to uphold the truth of “moral law” in the upcoming mid-term elections. He specifically cited protecting unborn children from abortion and defending traditional marriage.
Cardinal-designate Burke opened his remarks by saying that “as a bishop it’s my obligation, in fact, to urge the faithful to carry out their civic duty in accord with their Catholic Faith.” Clarifying that he does not endorse particular candidates, the prelate also spoke of his duty to relay “principles” to the faithful to help inform their vote.
Make your voices heard on this critical issue - this will be a long battle!
Christopher Slattery, founder and president of Expectant Mother Care: EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, was recognized for over two decades of untiring work on behalf of mothers in crisis pregnancies and their pre-born children.
Chris thanked everyone for the recognition he and Elizabeth Costanzo, executive director of the Right to Life Party, received that evening. Chris opened eyes when he spoke about the current efforts of New York City Council members to stifle EMC Frontline's crisis pregnancy center efforts on behalf of women.
Here is a Daily News editorial opposing the City Council pending legislation.
National Review Online (NRO) also covered this, with links to the Wall Street Journal and NY Times articles.
With 150 attendees, including Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as guest speaker, this Political Action Committee event was a triumph.
The honorees were Elizabeth Costanzo and Christopher Slattery "for their dedication, leadership and untiring efforts in the defense of the sanctity of human life."
Here is an excerpt from Rob Astorino's remarks, which opened the dinner.
Some of the 150 attendees -
Co-honoree Chris Slattery with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
John Mark and Neil DiCarlo. Neil is running as a write-in candidate for Congress in the 19th District (John Hall (D) and Nan Hayworth (R) are both pro-abortion).
Kathy Brusstar, Eileen Slattery (wife of Chris), Andrea and Richard Barbuto
Brigid Faranda and Richard Fuerst. Rich is chairman of the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Westchester and Putnam Right to Life Committee.
Long-time prolife champion, Monsignor Dermott Brennan
Mary Gormley, another prolife champion, with the evening's co-honoree Liz Costanzo
The politician table!
Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, speaks with Elizabeth Rex, President of the Children First Foundation
And a partial view of the crowd ...
Kathy and Dan Brusstar's family pose with Brigid Faranda. That's Joe next to his dad, with Suzanne and Mary Margaret up front!
Joy Dechiario introduced the honorees. Joy was also responsible for the first annual and highly successful PAC Journal, listing supporters and donors.
Alan Mehldau, Joy, Liz and Rich. Liz is the Executive Director of the Westchester Right to Life Party.
Alan, Joy, Chris Slattery,and Rich. Chris is the founder and president of EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers.
Mayor Phil Amicone's Proclamation from the City of Yonkers to Liz and Chris.
Bernadette Harris with Neil DiCarlo and his wife Deborah.
Next year - even bigger - even better - raising needed funds for prolife candidates!!
Released: Sunday October 17, 2010
Decided: Tuesday October 12, 2010 at 6:00PM at the Winery at St. George 1715 E. Main Street
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 (914) 455-4272 Town of Yorktown, Westchester County, NY
Contact: Ed Riely (914) 271-5585 Liz Costanzo (914) 478-1189 Right to Life Party
Right to Life Groups Defy Party Pick by Declaring Neil DiCarlo Write-in Campaign for Congressional District 19
The Leadership of Lower Hudson Valley Right to Life Groups in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, and Orange Counties announced their recommendations to pro-life and pro-values voters in the 19th Congressional District* currently represented by pro-abortion congressman John Hall. Hall’s challenger is Nan Hayworth a pro-abortion ophthalmologist from the Town of Bedford in Westchester County.
These pro-life leaders had previously communicated with Republican and Conservative leaders in the five counties warning them of the implications of nominating a pro-abortion candidate to this congressional seat. Republican candidate Hayworth supports all aspects of Planned Parenthood’s pro-abortion agenda on hundreds of issues with three exceptions she says. Hayworth has stated that she opposes the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions, supports parental notification legislation, and says she opposes late-term abortions. Her husband Scott, an OB-GYN and President of Mount Kisco Medical Group, did abortions in the past, and heads the OB-GYN organization primarily responsibile for writing and lobbying the NY State Legislature for some of the most radically pro-abortion legislation seen in America, the so-called “Reproductive Health Act.” Scott Hayworth has personally lobbied legislators for passage of this legislation.
John Hall on the other hand is fully supportive of the federal and state abortion-on-demand polices of Planned Parenthood and its advocacy groups: NARAL, Family Planning Advocates of NYS, and Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion. Hall opposed federal and state legislation banning partial birth abortion techniques and opposes fetal pain legislation. He supports the use of taxpayer funds to pay for the killing of human lives. Hall rushed to pay for embryonic stem cell research with public funds as soon as he became a member of Congress. He has become one of the abortion lobby’s most reliable supporters.
Given the fact that neither Hayworth nor Hall value human life, unborn in the womb, disabled, or terminally ill, WE CANNOT AND WILL NOT SUPPORT either one of them for any public office at any level. We will recommend to our members, and to all citizens of good will that they instead vote for Neil DiCarlo by WRITE-IN, be proud of their vote, and feel clean about it. Neil DiCarlo is thoroughly pro-life and a hard working citizen of our district who shares our values. DiCarlo was a vigorous candidate and ran spirited campaign for this seat in the recent high turnout republican primary. He received almost a third of the vote in spite of spending $29,000 to his opponents $650,000. As for picking winners and losers in the general election, we’ll let God take care of that. We work politically: to have pro-life candidates to vote for, to promote the value of children’s lives in public debate, and to influence the political process. We will do our duty and stand up for unborn children when we vote on November 2nd!!
*The 19th Congressional District includes: two towns in Rockland, nine towns and cities in northern Westchester County, all of Putnam County, Southern Dutchess County, and eighty percent of Orange County.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Doug Colety, Chairman
WESTCHESTER GOP ENDORSES CORTES DERUSSY FOR CONGRESS
DeRussy Announces Write-in Campaign in 18th District
White Plains, New York (October 19, 2010) -- Westchester Republican Committee Chairman Doug Colety today announced the Westchester GOP’s endorsement of the write-in candidacy of Cortes DeRussy for the 18th Congressional District.
Said Colety, “I am pleased to announce that the Republican town and city leaders in the 18th Congressional District have voted to support Cortes DeRussy in his bid to represent the 18th Congressional District. The Republican Party is committed to not only giving the voters an alternative to Tax and Spend Nita Lowey, but to winning this critical seat. Cortes DeRussy is a true fiscal conservative and tax fighter who will stand up for the taxpayers of the 18th District. His message will resonate with voters who are ready for a change after more than 20 years of Nita Lowey’s consistent votes for higher taxes and spending. I look forward to working with Cortes over the next two weeks to ensure that he is victorious on November 2nd.”
DeRussy is a resident of Yonkers and has lived in Westchester County for almost 40 years. He was a trustee in the Village of Bronxville for two terms and has served on numerous civic and not-for-profit boards.
The 18th Congressional District is composed of part of Westchester County and Rockland County.
The HVCL invites you to join in the candidates' debate on October 12 at the Winery at St. George on Route 6 in Mahopac. "Values voters" make up a large portion of the general voting block in New York and include many conservative and independent voters who have been making their voices heard through Tea Party events and candidates. We believe that these core conservative principles must be debated honestly by candidates and understood by voters before going to the polls. They are fundamentally connected to NY State's direction and to Albany's economic crisis and woes. We need more debates like this! Here is the invitation from the WPRTLC for the 40th NYS Senate District and the 99th NYS Assembly District:
"Each year, as citizens try to decide on how to vote, there are many questions on each candidate's position on family values and community issues. Most of the political rhetoric we hear is centered on taxes, government ineptitude and candidate mudslinging.
The Westchester and Putnam Right to Life Committee will host a debate on Tuesday evening, October 12, at 7 p.m. at the Winery at St. George, 1715 E. Main Street (Rt. 6) in Mohegan Lake, NY. All the candidates for the 40th NYS District (Greg Ball and Mike Kaplowitz) and the 99th NYS Assembly district (Steve Katz, Jim Borkowski & Brendan Tully) have been invited to participate. We hope they will participate and we can get some straight answers from them. Join us for the debate!"
This was sent around today -
Thank You all for going out to vote yesterday and for praying! Note results below -- the major Republican nominations are now held by pro-lifers:Sr. Lucy MarieRespect Life CoordinatorArchdiocese of New York1011 First Ave., 7th FloorNew York, NY 10022212-371-1011 X3192Mon-Thurs 9:45am-4:45pmYesterday's New York State primaries yielded some interesting results, not the least of which is that the major Republican nominations are now held by pro-lifers:1. Governor's RaceCarl Paladino, the pro-life "Tea Party" candidate, crushed the establishment GOP candidate, Rick Lazio. Paladino will oppose pro-abortion and pro-same-sex "marriage" Andrew Cuomo in the general election.Oddly, Mr. Lazio won the Conservative Party's primary and will appear on the ballot in November. This could be a significant problem for the Conservative Party, which has to get 50,000 votes in the gubernatorial race in order to stay on the ballot.2. Attorney General's RaceEric Schneiderman won the Democratic nomination for AG. This is very bad. He is a pro-abortion, pro-same-sex "marriage" zealot who likes to boast that he used to work as an abortion clinic escort. He will oppose Dan Donovan, the Staten Island DA, who is pro-life.3. US Senate RacesIn the race for the seat held by pro-abortion Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Republican nomination was won by Joe DioGuardi, an old pro-lifer who served in Congress many years ago.In the race for pro-abortion Sen. Charles Schumer's seat, the Republican nomination was won by Jay Townsend, a pro-lifer.Sincerely in Christ,Edward T. Mechmann, Esq.Assistant DirectorFamily Life/Respect Life OfficeArchdiocese of New York1011 First AvenueNew York, NY 10022646-794-2807"Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor. 10:31)
Citizens! It is becoming more and more vital that values voters exercise their right to vote on Primary and General Election Days. This coming week on Tuesday, September 14, cast your ballot in the Republican and Conservative Party Primary elections!
The Right to Life Party has worked hard to give you the latest and best-possible pro life candidate information. These candidates have been vetted for their pro life values and (hopefully) pro life views once elected. Like all human endeavors this grassroots process is imperfect, but while some candidates disappoint, most do not as they try to incorporate defense of the unborn and understanding of the dignity of all human life (this should be everyone's goal!) into their sworn elected office responsibilities. Think about Mayor Amicone in Yonkers and County Executive Rob Astorino. Where we do not succeed at the polls, we succeed in sharing vital, life-affirming information through participation in the electoral process.
Go to the website above or below; copy and bring into the voting booth for your convenience! Share this information with others who might ask you for candidate voting suggestions.
Call Liz Costanzo 914-478-1189 at Right to Life or call or email the HVCL firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments.
If you want to help in any way RIGHT NOW, contact Liz. Thanks!
Just a reminder that the Westchester-Putnam Right to Life PAC October 15 Gala Dinner Journal is in publishing stages. If you have not submitted an ad, a business card, or simply joined as a booster for only $10.00, please do so today!
Westchester Putnam Right to Life PAC
To further our mission to protect the Right to Life of all human beings, born and unborn, and to promote civic, political, and social reforms necessary to insure this right, we will hold a Gala Dinner on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Antun's Restaurant in Westchester.
County Executive Rob Astorino will be our distinguished guest speaker. Our two Honorees are Elizabeth Costanzo, Executive Director of the Westchester Right to Life Party, and Christopher Slattery, Founder and President of Expectant Mother Care: EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers.
Proceeds from our First Annual Journal will greatly assist us in our work; we rely entirely on the generosity of friends like you. An advertisement, a message of support, memorials, business cards, or personal names as a show of support as a "booster" can be included. Our Journal size is 8-1/2" x 11".
BE A PART OF THIS VITAL WORK! Just provide your camera-ready ads, artwork, or business cards for the following:
Full middle pages.....$1000.00
Inside back cover.........500.00
Please circle your requested ad page size, fill out the form below and enclose your materials. As a courtesy, we can do setup, if necessary. Please make checks payable to Westchester Putnam Right to Life PAC. Mail to:
P.O. Box 157
Katonah, N.Y. 10536
Deadline for advertisements is Wednesday, September 1, but don't hesitate - ACT NOW to help make this Journal a big success! If you have any questions, please call Joy Dechiario at 914-803-0057.
Thank you for being part of our pro-life community.
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Including the pro-abortion Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
The top Senate Republicans and one of a handful of moderate Republicans who is not pro-life are both opposed to the nomination of pro-abortion activist Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he intends to oppose Kagan on the Senate floor.
Meanwhile, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican who is not pro-life, says she, too, will vote no on Kagan on the Senate floor.
"As Ms. Kagan acknowledges, the cases that come before the Supreme Court are difficult in nature and not always answered by precedent. Over the past week Ms. Kagan has given the American people hardly any idea about how she will approach these difficult cases," the senator said.
"Her responses to many of the questions posed by my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee were clever and graceful but not terribly revealing and in many cases evasive," Murkowski added.
The Alaska senator also expressed hesitation because Kagan shows little judicial or legal experience preparing her for serving on the nation's highest court.
“I did not support Ms. Kagan’s nomination to be Solicitor General of the United States because I did not think she had the requisite experience for the job. It is not essential that a Supreme Court nominee have experience as a judge but those who lacked that experience had substantial experience in the practice of law," she said.
She concluded, " Kagan has spent the bulk of her career as an academic, a university administrator and policy advisor. For the reasons I have cited here, I plan to oppose her nomination when it comes before the Senate."
McConnell's and Murkowski's opposition come on the heels of pro-life Sen. Orrin Hatch becoming the first member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to announce his opposition to Kagan.
ACTION ALERT! New York State "Reproductive Health Act," S.5808/A.11484:
Call Senator Leibell's local office at 845-279-3773 and they will contact Albany. Use letter below for some talking points. Call your Senator today!
Mr. Carl Paladino, successful Buffalo businessman, is looking to win the Republican primary, in part, because he is the only completely pro-life candidate for Governor of New York. His platform is one of practical fiscal reform that will halt New York's tax and spend politics, create jobs and incentivize business, and demand transparency and accountability to the people. For these reasons he was the welcomed guest on Friday, May 21, at the Yonkers Hudson Cliff House home of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Acunto. Mr. Acunto is the Honorable Vice Consul of the Republic of Italy, Chairman of the Italian Academy Foundation, Inc., and founder and president of CINN Group.
Carl Paladino, in addition to his business acumen and his Albany-outsider approach to problems, is refreshingly and staunchly pro-life, defending the inalienable "right to life" of all citizens at every stage of life. He defends as duty the lives of all citizens, from conception to natural death.
The Republican primary race for Governor of New York is also monitoring the busy campaigns of Rick Lazio and Steve Levy. Democrat Andrew Cuomo officially joined the field this weekend, a move that has been expected for some time.
An interesting cross-section of pro-life leaders attended the Yonkers Q&A and luncheon that drew politicians, businessmen and women and community leaders and activists including the Honorable John Spencer, former Mayor of Yonkers and former candidate for U.S. Senate from New York; Joseph J. DioGuardi, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (and only CPA in Congress) currently running for the U.S. Seante seat of Kirsten Gillibrand.
Also in attendance Elizabeth Costanzo, President of the Westchester Right to Life Party; Barbara Meara, Chairperson of the NYS Right to Life Committee; representatives from Katonah's Montfort Academy; Ralph Lorigo Chairman of the Erie County Conservative Party, Sebastian and Joy Dechiario and Richard Fuerst of the Westchester-Putnam Right to Life Committee; Judith Anderson, co-director of the Hudson Valley Coalition for Life; Sarah Belair and Mary d'Ablemont of Bronxville; representatives from Healthy Respect, a chastity-based sex education program for youth and parents; well-known local political activist, the Honorable Vincenza Restiano, former 12-year President of the Yonkers City Council; Mr. Michael Caputo and Paladino-for-Governor Political Campaign Manager John Haggerty, among others.
Mr. Paladino needs the enthusiastic support of a strong pro-life coalition to win, and that means everyone! Go to www.Paladinoforthepeople.com Take a minute right now and join Carl's online Pro-Life Coalition at http://Paladinoforthepeople.com/coalition-prolife.php
The Hudson Valley Coalition for Life's LifeNet Online will watch the candidates closely and keep you informed with frequent postings and updates between now and the election.
We can send this at a word document attachment to anyone who would like it -
Westchester-Putnam Right To Life Committee
P.O. Box 157, Katonah, New York 10536
May 17, 2010
Mr. Douglas Colety, Chairman
Westchester County Republic Committee
214 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, New York 10601
Dear Chairman Colety:
It is our understanding that delegates from the local Republican Committees will be meeting shortly to select candidates for federal, state and local offices in our area. The pro-life community is concerned that the candidates that you select for these offices be strong supporters of family values and the sanctity of human life. In the past, the voters in our area have been given very little opportunity to vote for candidates, from any major party, that they feel comfortable with, who would support these values. Under no circumstances will the pro-life community support any candidate from any party that supports abortion or is not a supporter of family values!
Recent polls have shown that the tide is changing and that the majority of Americans now oppose abortion. The recent passage of the National Health Care Bill, which opens the door for federally funded abortion, has further increased the political awareness of those who support the sanctity of human life.
In the past few years, supporters of life and family values have been extremely active in a number of local races where the candidates have stood up for and supported family values. Of note are the victories of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, as well as Assemblyman Greg Ball, all unabashedly pro-life. Additionally, pro-life citizens worked hard, albeit unsuccessfully, to unseat Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, because of her support for the Reproductive Health Act. These races drew a great deal of support from the pro-life community, both as volunteers and in providing financial support.
At your upcoming meeting, we understand that your committees will have an ample supply of candidates for many of the races you will be considering. On behalf of the pro-life community, we request that you choose candidates who are strong supporters of family values and the sanctity of human life.
I would greatly appreciate hearing from you on this matter.
Alan P. Mehldau