In 2009, when I was serving as National Pro-life Chair, I was knee deep in the fight to defeat the President’s Health care proposals. The reason, I gave as stated at the time, was that it would break a long held Federal policy (The Hyde Amendment) by allowing federal money to flow to fund abortions for the first time in three decades. Since 2009, the administration has launched an assault on the Catholic Church through forcing Catholic hospitals and schools to pay for birth control in direct contradiction to church teachings and past government policies. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the AOH rightly opposed both.
More recently, the Supreme Court upheld all of this by affirming the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. In the ruling itself Chief Justice John Roberts (a Roman Catholic) wrote the quote above, placing the onus on all of us. His position essentially is that elected leaders make laws, and that elections have consequences. We should not count on the courts to bail us out.
It is for these reasons that I write to you today to urge you to lend your support to Camp Esther. Camp Esther is a pro-life youth boot camp co-sponsored by The State Board and New York State Right to Life. Young people will travel to upstate New York on August 17-19th, to learn about the cause of life and most importantly how to become activists for life. Recent events show that we need to support Camp Esther and our pro-life youth now more than ever!
If you are as outraged about recent events as I am, I ask that you make a small financial contribution to support Camp Esther. Through the efforts of the State Board and a few local jurisdictions we have collected roughly $2000. More support is still needed to make Camp Esther a success.
Please send a personal donation and encourage your division to do so in the amount of $50, $100 or $250 or whatever you can afford. This is an important time for the Pro-life movement and we need all hands on deck.
Donations should be made out to New York State Right to Life and sent to my attention at 42 E.Parkwood St. Albany NY 12203.
Thank you for your time and for your consideration.
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