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Please click here to go to the Abortion Changes You Outreach page.

Oppose the Extremist New York State Abortion Bill

Video on RHA and FOCA

The “Reproductive Health Act” ("RHA") (S.5808) was introduced in the last session of our State Legislature, and is expected to be pushed forward again in 2010. This extremist bill would:

  • Establish a “fundamental right of privacy” within New York State law,
  • Ensure that abortion is legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy,
  • Permit non-doctors (like optometrists and podiatrists) to perform abortions,
  • Make abortion virtually immune from any regulation or restriction,
  • Allow post-viability abortions to be performed on an out-patient basis in clinics that go virtually unregulated by public health authorities, endangering both women and unborn children, and
  • Endanger conscience protections under current law, which could force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions, and could even force Catholic schools and charitable agencies to promote or refer for abortions and contraception.

Cardinal Egan issued a letter regarding this bill last year.  You can download a copy of the letter in English and Spanish.  The bishops of New York State have also issued a joint statement on the bill, which can be downloaded here.

Here is a Fact Sheet with more detailed information about this bill (also available here in Spanish).  Here is the New York State Catholic Conference's position paper on the bill.  You can also download some flyers here.  (Spanish translations are available here.)

Please write to your State Senator and Assembly representative and oppose the RHA bill. You can do so by going to the New York State Catholic Conference Catholic Advocacy Network website, and sending an email to your legislator.  Remember, the most effective emails are those that are personalized, so please feel free to add your own thoughts to the sample email letter.

Here's a sample letter you can print out and mail to your legislator, or you can cut and paste it into an email:

I am writing to oppose the "Reproductive Health Act", which would establish a virtually unlimited right to abortion here in New York State. This radical bill would give New York the most liberal abortion laws in the United States. This bill could:  Eliminate conscience protection in current state law for religious institutions and force religious hospitals to permit abortions; permit non-physicians – like a podiatrist, dentist or even a social worker – to perform abortions prior to viability; make abortion virtually immune from any state regulation, such as parental notification requirements; and allow late-term abortions to be performed in clinics that do not offer the full complement of support facilities necessary to assist women and any child born alive during an abortion.

This is an extreme bill that is out of touch with the attitudes of most New Yorkers, who favor common-sense limitations on abortion. Please do whatever you can to oppose this bill. This bill is bad for women, children, and our society.

More information on legislation such as FOCA (the Federal version of this bill) can be found on our Public Policy page.

Pro-abortion organizations like NARAL are promoting this legislation!

It's important to contact your State Senators over the summer and into the fall to let them know their constituents are opposed to this extreme bill.

The following link is a recent (8-minute) interview with Kelli Conlin, Director of NYS NARAL on "Inside City Hall" on NY-1.  She indicates that NARAL continues to push for a vote on the pro-abortion Reproductive Health Act (S.5808) in a special session, prior to the November 2010 elections.




Abortion Statistics

How many abortions are taking place in the US and around the world?  Find out here: http://www.numberofabortions.com/.

Watch this clip on abortion stats:


An important study on the women who have abortions has recently been released by the Guttmacher Institute. 

Among the findings: 

  • In 2008, the majority of women obtaining abortions (58%) were in their 20s; women in their 30s made up the second largest age-group (22%).

  • 42% of women having abortions were poor, a substantially greater proportion than were poor in 2000 (27%).

  • The overwhelming majority of women having abortions (85%) were unmarried, including 29% who were cohabiting

  • Women with no religious affiliation had a relative abortion rate one and one-half times that of all women.

  • In 2006, the average woman paid $413 for a first-trimester abortion and $1,300 for an abortion at 20 weeks.

  • 61% of women obtaining abortions in 2008 already had children, including 34% who had two or more.

  • Half of the women surveyed reported one or more prior abortions; most of these women (37% of all abortion patients) reported both a prior birth and a prior abortion

Here's the press release:  http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2010/05/04/index.html.  Here's the full report:  http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/US-Abortion-Patients.pdf


African-Americans and Abortion

"Black Genocide", the appalling impact of abortion on African-Americans: http://netny.net/currents/video/stories/the-black-genocide-11410/.

Watch the video clip: "Endangered Species" -

by TheRadianceFoundation.org.  This clip highlights that abortion clinics target the African-American community.

"Abortion isn't a me issue. It's not a you issue. It's not just a woman's issue. It's a human issue. And with over 51 million lives lost since 1973, it is a human crisis. African-American women abort their children at over 3x the rate of white women and 2x the rate of all other races combined. And all, the while, Planned Parenthood profits from the destruction. Find out more at www.toomanyaborted.com", The Radiance Foundation.

Click here to watch the CNN report on these billboards:

Click here to read the article: "Sandra Bullock Adoption Story Highlights How Abortion Targets Black Children"

For more on this subject please go to www.blackgenocide.org

Video on the number one killer of African Americans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkfdGg76JH0&feature=player_embedded

Watch video - National Black Pro-Life Coalition exposing the abortion rates among their own community.


June 2010 is Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month  Come Let Us Defend the Sacredness of Life Together”
is the theme for the 2010 June is Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month in the African American and African Community as quoted by Franciscan Father James (Jim) Goode, President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life.  “We are marking this month of awareness because there is no room in the African American and African community for abortion or any act of violence that destroys the sacredness of human life.  Despite the difficulties that will surely await us; we will not be discouraged as we evangelize for life and the family. We go forth with the ‘Good News’that we have all been created in the image and likeness of God.  God holds us in His hand and will never leave us alone (
Matthew 28 20:).”
Click here for more information.

Resources for African American Outreach

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities African American/Culture of Life web page: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/african_american/index.shtml

USCCB Subcommittee on African American Affairs, Beverly Carroll

National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life, Father James E Goode, OFM, PH.D, President

National Black Catholic Congress, Valerie E. Washington, Executive Director

The Josephites, Fr. Matthew O'Rourke, S.S.J., Pro-Life Representative

Bishop's Documents/USCCB Materials

"What We Have Seen and Heard: A Pastoral Letter on Evangelization from the Black Bishops of the United States"

A Reflection on the African American Family and the Culture of Life, by Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, 2008

Statements on Life Issues from African American Bishops

Media Relations Backgrounder:

Links to National Black Catholic Sites of Interest


Abortion increases chances for breast cancer

Click here to read the article: "Abortion Boosts Breast Cancer Risk 193% Study Finds, Giving Birth Lowers It"

Click here to read the article: "Race For the Truth about the Susan G. Komen Foundation: Is Abortion and Hormonal Contraception a Prescription for Breast Cancer?"

March For Life 2011  
The March for Life in Washington D.C. began as a grassroots response to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion throughout the 9 months of a woman's pregnancy. The march now consists of 200,000+ people who make a peaceful, prayerful stand against this legislation.  Click hereto find out more about the March For Life 2011.

Monday, Jan. 24th, 2011 – Join us on a Pilgrimage/March for Life -- with hundreds of thousands of people from all around the country.  The Family Life/Respect Life Office will be sponsoring a bus leaving from NYC for the day – click here for info and to download a flier.     

Click here for current listing of buses going from all over the Archdiocese. 

For events surrounding the March for Life in DC click here.

Local events in the Archdiocese on Sat, Jan. 22nd, 2011:

Central Westchester

Rally for Life 12pm –1pm.  All Women’s “Health” and Medical Services, 222 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY.  Join us for an hour of prayer and public witness on this 38th Anniversary to remember the young lives lost since 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision and to pray for healing for their mothers and fathers.  Please call Liz @ 914-478-1189 for information. 

Witness for Life -
8am Mass at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC     Come to all or part of the morning.  Sponsored by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants http://www.helpersbrooklynny.org/

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (8am) begins our day in Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, http://www.oldcathedral.org/ 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follows, then people can either remain in the Church to adore our Lord or attend the rosary procession to the local abortion clinic (2 blocks away - Planned Parenthood).

Upon return from the clinic (approx 10:15am) we will have a social (complete with coffee and donuts) with a short (10 mins)presentation by the Sisters of Life.  You will hear of concrete ways to be of service, as Co-Workers, helping vulnerable pregnant women that are currently being served by the Sisters.  


Roe v. Wade
Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court case which struck down existing state laws nationwide that had heretofore made abortion illegal. Roe v. Wade effectively legalized abortion throughout a woman's 9 month's of pregnancy. While the legal validity of Roe v. Wade has always been considered questionable by those in defense of the sacredness of human life, in recent years this case has come under considerable scrutiny and criticism from the general public and influential media outlets.

Remembering Roe v Wade: A Morning of Prayerful Reflection & Intercession
Saturday January 16, 2010 at Mary's Chapel in St. Patrick's Cathedral New York, NY. 
Click here for more information.

The USCCB’s New “Second Look” Educational Project

The USCCB developed a national education campaign, providing facts vs. myths about the Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion nationwide, to members of Congress, the media, and other key public interest groups.

The USSCB has now created an 8-page Roe Reality Booklet Roe Reality Check.


"Roe" Speaks Out



Planned Parenthood

Parents in Staten Island have created a website that reveals Planned Parenthood's illegal activities:  http://proudparentssi.wordpress.com/


A Morning of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession

Saturday January 15, 2011 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Women, men, families, health care providers and all of us, directly or indirectly, have been impacted by abortion.  In response, as we anticipate the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we gather to pray and to seek healing and forgiveness.  Personal testimonies, intercessory prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Confession, and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

Our Lady's Chapel in St. Patrick's Cathedral
460 Madison Ave (at 5th Ave)
New York, NY
9:00am to 12:00pm. 
For more information call (877) 586-4621 or email: lumina@postabortionhelp.org
Click here to download a flyer.
For Prayerful Remembrance Day Resources, please go to:
http://www.postabortionhelp.org/afternoon of remberence/afterremberHome.html

EWTN will be covering the event.  See here for more info  


To watch Brooklyn NetTV coverage of this event click here - http://netny.net/currents/video/stories/a-mass-for-the-victims-of-abortion-12411/



A beautiful adoption website with basic information, testimonials of birthmothers, profiles of adopted families, and places to go to get more resources.  http://www.ichooseadoption.org


Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis

Please click here for a brochure on Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis. For a brochure en Espanol.


BeNotAfraid.net - Online outreach to parents
An online outreach to parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis.  The family stories articles, and links within the site are presented as a resource for those who may have been asked to choose between terminating a pregnancy or continuing on despite the diagnosis.  The benotafraid.net families faced the same decision and chose not to terminate.  By sharing our experiences, we hope to offer encouragement to those who may be afraid to continue on.

Help for those who have suffered a loss following an Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis can also be found on our Bereavement  page.


Chastity/ Abstinence

Please see information on Chastity, Abstinence, and the Theology of the Body here including upcoming events, speakers and resources for Parents, Teachers and Clergy.

!New! Theology of the Body for Teens Curriculum Training

Here is a great little video about Generation Life:  http://vimeo.com/30695142


Contraception / Natural Family Planning

Please click here for information on Natural Family Planning: a healthy, organic, environment friendly, Church approved alternative to Contraception.

Also, Download this MP3 Talk by Janet E Smith, PHD:

  • "Contraception: Why Not?" (New Edition)
    • click here to download the MP3 for only $2.50.
    • click here to purchase a CD of the talk.  


Culture of Life

Inspirational videos:








End of Life Issues

Please click here for information on End of Life Issues such as

  • Assisted Suicide
  • Euthanasia
    Please click here to see video of End of Life discussion at Family Life Conference 2011

Please click here to find more information on Living Wills


Events for 2012-2013

Please check back soon for a flyer on 2012-2013 Respect Life Events.

Click here for a flier of Respect Life Events in the Archdiocese of New York for 2009-2010 year.

For information on the 2013 Family Life Conference.

Please click here for other Family Life/ Respect Life Events.


High School Resources

Resources for starting a pro-life group at your High School.


Infertility and Hope/ In Vitro Fertilization
Infertility Resources:

Prayers for those suffering with Infertility: 

Trouble conceiving? Please click here for information on dealing with infertility and new options that may help you conceive.

  • "Addressing Infertility with Compassions and Clarity” brochure By Rev. J. Daniel Mindling, OFM Cap.  USCCB.
    To view the brochure in English, click here.  En Espanol
    To view the article in a Word document format, click here.
    Purchase multiple brochures, go here:  http://www.usccbpublishing.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=1344
  • In Vitro Fertilization and "Snowflake" Babies
    The following document, Dignitas Personae, is an important new document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on bioethical issues.  This document covers the topics of: In Vitro Fertilization, ICSI, Freezing Embryos, and Human Cloning, etc.  It also discusses the fate of "Snowflake Babies": frozen human persons in an embryonic stage that are the result of a previous In Vitro Fertilization process.  A short version can be found here:  http://www.usccb.org/comm/Dignitaspersonae/Dignitatis_Vatican_Summary.pdf

The full text can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/comm/Dignitaspersonae/Dignitas_Personae.pdf.



There are estimates that 50% of Christian men and 17% of all women struggle with internet pornography.  

Please click here to go to our "Is pornography a problem?" webpage


Pregnancy Help

Please click here for information on Pregnancy Help.


Pregnancy Loss
Click here for information on Pregnancy Loss.


Pro-Life Doctors / Pharmacies

Gianna Center for Women: (Located in Manhattan, New York, NY)
Comprehensive.  Restorative.  100% Pro-Woman. 100% Pro-Life.
e combine comprehensive primary care with specialized obstetrical and gynecologic care and serve women with a deep commitment to honoring their dignity and the sanctity of human life.  With this as our promise, we are uniquely qualified to care for women of all ages and at all stages of life.

We are pleased to be the first medical practice in New York City to feature two new women's health services -- the CreightonModel FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, both of which allow us to provide you with a natural, scientifically-based approach to monitoring your health and managing your fertility.

Our mission is simple - to acknowledge your dignity as a woman and to provide you, our patient, with exceptional medical care.  Our goal is to be of genuine service to you - and we look forward to serving your healthcare needs.

Gianna Featured Services

  • NaProTechnology Medical Consultations & Surgery
  • Early Prenatal Care & Full-Service Obstetrics
  • General Gynecology
  • Woman-Centered General Medical Care
  • Education in Creighton Model FertilityCare System

Please find more information at: www.giannahealth.org 

TBA:  List of doctors and pharmacies in the New York area that are committed to upholding a culture of life.



Respect Life Awareness Month:  October

Each year October is dedicated to spreading the awareness of Respect Life issues.

October 7, 2012 is Respect Life Sunday.  Click here to view Cardinal Justin F. Rigali's Statement on Respect Life Sunday.   

Click here to view an article from the Catholic New York Newspaper highlighting events during the 2009 Respect Life Awareness Month. 

Click here for a list of Respect Life Events in October 2012.


Respect Life Coordinators

Please click here for information on Respect Life Coordinators


Same Sex Attraction

“Courage and Encourage”
– Courage is a support group that ministers to those with same-sex attractions and their loved ones.  They also have an outreach called Encourage, which ministers to relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attractions.

Church of St. John the Baptist 
210 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 268-1010

“Ministry to Persons with Homosexual Inclination”- USCCB
http://www.usccb.org/dpp/Ministry.pdf (actual document) OR
http://www.usccbpublishing.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=1257 (to order the brochure form)

“Between a Man & Woman: Q & A About Marriage & Same Sex Unions” - USCCB  in flyer or brochure form  Order #:  (800) 235-8722  Online:  http://www.usccbpublishing.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=450 (English)
http://www.usccbpublishing.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=459 (Spanish)


For information on Defending the Definition of Marriage please see our Public Policy Page and click on Defend Marriage.


Stem Cells / Cloning

A common misperception is that the Catholic Church opposes Stem Cell Research.  The Catholic Church, in fact, emphatically supports Stem Cell research and funds such research through many of it's Catholic Universities.

The Catholic Church, does however, oppose Embryonic Stem Cell research because it involves the destruction of a human being at the embryonic phase.

To learn more about current Embryonic Stem Cell research legislation and how you can help, please visit our Public Policy page here. ... 

“Cutting Through the Spin” DVD – Father Tad Pacholczyk.
This informative and acclaimed video examines the science and ethics of stem cell research and cloning.
To order: 
For more information: http://www.ncbcenter.org/

Phone: (215) 877-2660           
Fax: (215) 877-2688      

The Westchester Institute – Father Thomas Berg
Fr. Berg specializes in the natural law theory and bioethics (beginning of life issues).  He has a regular email column that is on the cutting edge and is reader friendly.  http://www.westchesterinstitute.net.  To sign up to receive their emails go to: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?&m=1101575136531

Family Research Council-  Stem Cell Brochure
To order:    Phone: (800) 225-4008      

FLRL “Cloning and Stem Cells” Article by Brother Daniel Sulmasy, OFM
This article is great as bulletin insert.  Downloadable  Link:  http://www.flrl.org/images/Cloning and Stem Cells.pdf

The United States Council of Catholic Bishops downloadable Ads regarding Stem Cell Research can be found here:
http://www.usccb.org/prolife/JoshuaFINAL.pdf   and     http://www.usccb.org/prolife/MinerFINAL.pdf


Pro-Life Links

Check out these links to other pro-life organizations.


Sr. Lucy Marie, S.V.
Respect Life Coordinator



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