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st gianna 9901 900x600Carolyn Falcigno, executive director of the St. Gianna PregnancyResource Center in New Haven, greets Chris Slattery, founder and president of Expectant Mother Care (EMC), who spoke and was honored at the third annual Babies in Bloom benefit dinner on April 29 at Amarante's Sea Cliff Inn in New Haven. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)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

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.