Editor’s note. The following was provided by New York State Right to Life.
This past month was chock full of fantastic Right to Life events around the state, including our statewide convention and several events held by local chapters.
At our 2015 convention, hosted this year by Rochester Area Right to Life Committee on October 17, featured a fantastic lineup of speakers:
High school student Maddie Byer, winner of NYS Right to Life’s oratory contest, gave her winning speech to convention attendees.
Dorina Hayes spoke about her rape and subsequent abortion: although cases like hers are often used as an example of the need for abortion, she found it did nothing to heal the trauma of her abuse, merely continuing a cycle of violence.
Burke Balch, JD, of National Right to Life’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, discussed assisted suicide and denial of medical treatment.
Dr. Paul Byrne, pioneering neonatologist and denial of treatment expert spoke on the dangers of organ donation prior to true death.
Julianne Warren, a woman with Down syndrome, gave an inspirational testimony about the value of every life.
Barbara VanHerreweghe, president of Trisomy support group, SOFT, discussed the discrimination in health care faced by individuals with disabilities.
Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of state legislation for National Right to Life, spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and efforts to fight Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Also at the convention, we honored two former NYS Right to Life chairmen: Johanna Jankowski and Gerry Oftedahl. Both of these incredible women passed away this year, leaving a legacy we strive to emulate as we continue their tireless efforts on behalf of the children.