NEW HAVEN – The St. Gianna Pregnancy Resource Center honored a 34-plus-year pro-life veteran and a student organization at Yale University that is working to build a culture of life on campus at a dinner April 29.
Chris Slattery, founder and president of Expectant Mother Care (EMC), New York City's oldest and largest network of pregnancy centers, and Choose Life at Yale were honored at the third annual Babies in Bloom benefit dinner and silent auction.
“We’re focused on the goal of rescuing as many mothers and children as we can with God’s grace,” said Mr. Slattery, adding that average of about 67,000 annual abortions in New York City is down from a half million when the center started.
“All we do must be done with grace and dignity,” he said. “We can’t win otherwise.”
Also known as EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers, EMC counselors have helped save over 43,000-plus children from abortion since 1985, and have counseled over 150,000 women.
“I’m optimistic,” said Mr. Slattery about the pro-life outlook, “especially if we see President Trump nominate a new Supreme Court justice. If that happens, we’ll have a chance to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
In 2017 alone, EMC FrontLine's staff and interns saved hundreds of mothers from abortions primarily in its pregnancy care centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and in 10 others U.S. cities where abortion-minded callers are referred to local centers.
Slattery also was one of the honorees.
“We have so much to learn from him,” said Carolyn Falcigno, executive director of the St. Gianna Pregnancy Resource Center. “He deserves so much for the work he has done on behalf of pro-life.”
Also honored was Choose Life at Yale (CLAY), an organization that serves to uphold the dignity of human life through meetings, discussions, events and support of policies.
CLAY was formed in 2003 after the Yale administration held a vigil to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and the pro-life community realized that it needed to play a more active role in building a culture of life on the Yale campus. Five years ago, CLAY launched the Vita et Veritas Conference to bring a bigger pro-life message to Yale.
“We realized that not enough was being done to draw more students into the public forum, so we began the Vita et Veritas conference to hash out issues and find students who are committed to the pro-life ministry,” said conference founder Courtney Horton.
The St. Gianna Pregnancy Center, located on Sherman Avenue, offers physical and spiritual resources to mothers, fathers and children, born or unborn, who are in need. For information visit www.giannacenter.org