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International norms: MOST European nations do not allow elective abortion (8) or limit it to 15 weeks or earlier (39). In contrast, 0 of 50 U.S. states limit abortion to 15 weeks or earlier. In fact, the USA is among a ‘Group of 7’ nations which do allow late-term abortions. This G7 includes: Canada, China, the Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.
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Across Kentucky, pro-lifers walked for Life this past weekend. Our slides are on this post and on the Walk Event page, too. Overall, our numbers showed that Kentucky right-to-lifers are tuned in.
In Louisville, Students for Life joined with students from Bellarmine University and Boyce College at the Walk for Life. Addia noted: “I can’t say enough about these amazing students. They are a joy to work with, to be in their presence — they are truly a sign of HOPE for the future. Thank you, as I have said many times, You are 25% of the population and 100% of the future!”
In Owensboro and Central Ky, Walks took place on Saturday; in Louisville it was Sunday. The rain in Louisville held off until 4 PM, the time the walk was to end!
We are grateful for those who came and to their sponsors for the financial lift to our organizations.Thank you to all!
“We are initially disappointed with Judge Jennings’ ruling but respectfully thankful that she did not dismiss the case. She noted that summary judgment was not proper and requested more proof of the reasons the buffer zone would hinder the sidewalk ministry. She denied the the request for dismissal by the defendants.” - Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, Kentucky Right to Life.
The Courier-Journal reported:
Sisters for Life “must be given a reasonable opportunity to present material detailing what the practical effects of the 10-foot buffer zone would be on their sidewalk counseling efforts,” wrote District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings…
It’s also possible, however, the city could reach an agreement with Sisters for Life to delay creating the buffer zone. A previous agreement suspended the implementation while the judge considered motions in the lawsuit.
Kentucky Today reported:
Jennings denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss because of “remaining fact issues” in the case, which included the plaintiff providing “arguments tailored to the actual effect of the Ordinance” and the defendants demonstrating that “less-restrictive alternatives were tried and failed, or that the alternatives were closely examined and ruled out for good reason.”
Stay tuned for further developments.
Premature death is defined as death occurring before the average age of death in certain populations, such as accidental deaths: falls, drownings, auto accidents, drug overdoses, other.
In 2020, the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics reported 1,964 overdose deaths. Headlines read, “Drug overdose numbers up 49%” (Fentanyl and Methamphetamines were the biggest contributors.)
Kentucky’s Leading Causes of Death in 2020 were:
- Cancer Deaths, approx. 10,312
- Heart Disease Deaths, approx. 10,077
- *Abortion Deaths, approx. 4,000 (#3 cause of death in Kentucky)
- Chronic Respiratory Diseases, approx. 3,331
The death of a child is always tragic and heartbreaking. Unintentional injury deaths of children consist mainly of accidents and are, without a doubt, the most preventable deaths for children. The intentional injury deaths of children mainly consist of murder and suicide. In 2019, Kentucky reported 139 suspicious cases of child fatality, or near fatality, due to abuse, neglect, and maltreatment; 85% of the children were under four years old and approximately 40% (77 children) were under 12 months old.
Yet, the #3 cause of death in Kentucky, abortion, is both premature death and intentional injury death — as recognized by those of us who acknowledge the dignity of the smallest and most vulnerable humans in our midst: The preborn child’s death is a profoundly tragic reflection of rejection and violence against a child.
Until there are no more—
Kentucky Right to Life and our Chapters throughout Kentucky will continue to pray, educate, and collaborate with other ProFamily advocates, support pregnancy care and programs, and work with Kentucky senators and representatives to advocate for legislation that protects the human rights of the preborn child and other vulnerable persons in our society.
ABORTIONS BY MONTH
MONTHLY CUMULATIVE TOTALS
Thank you to Donna Durning for faithfully providing the onsite abortion reports. Donna has been an unwavering advocate for life outside EMW abortion facility for years, offering hope, love, and prayers on the sidewalk; ministering to women and men as they enter to terminate the life of their child. The chart at left documents Donna’s counts outside of the EMW abortion facility.
Also, our sincere appreciation to Missy Stone, Executive Director of Reprotection, for her critical statistical and abortion reporting evaluations like this chart.
*Note: Kentucky is unable to adequately capture reporting data of expectant moms who live in close proximity to Tennessee or Ohio and may travel out of state to terminate their pregnancies, so we project this number is actually higher. ALSO: The 2021 figures include the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood in Louisville.
Original postLouisville, KY. (August 20, 2021)
The Yes for Life Alliance launched its campaign today to pass a prolife Constitutional Amendment affirming there is no right to an abortion or the funding of abortions in Kentucky. Yes for Life Chair Addia Wuchner and Vice Chair Angela Minter hosted a press conference at the Kentucky State Fair to introduce the new organization alongside Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.
“Kentuckians of faith and conscience have the incredible opportunity to make our Constitution reflect our prolife values with their vote on November 8, 2022,” said Wuchner. “The Yes for Life Alliance will encourage voters across the Commonwealth to use their ballot to stand up for the most vulnerable Kentuckians— our unborn children. We are so grateful to the courageous leaders in the General Assembly who passed legislation and gave us this chance to be clear that there is no right to an abortion or the funding for abortion in Kentucky.”
In March, the Kentucky General Assembly passed HB 91, which provided for the Yes for Life Constitutional Amendment to appear on the November 2022 ballot. The Amendment, if ratified, will prevent state judges from reading abortion rights into the Constitution and asserting their own politics over the will of the people.
“The Yes for Life Constitutional Amendment is the final piece of the puzzle to make Kentucky a prolife state,” said Minter. “We ask for the prayers and support of all Kentuckians as we embark on this journey to strengthen our Constitution. We will work in every corner of our Commonwealth, urging everyone to vote Yes for Life. Together, we can end the culture of death and make Kentucky lead the nation in defending the defenseless.”
“Kentuckians are proud to be prolife and the Yes for Life amendment is one more way they can stand up for the dignity of life,” Commissioner Quarles said. “As a former legislator with a strong prolife voting record, I am proud to be here today to help spread an important message across the commonwealth: on November 8, 2022, Kentuckians can cast one of the most important votes of their lives and say Yes for Life at the ballot box.”
Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball shared a video endorsing Yes for Life.
Yes for Life Founding Members include Kentucky Right to Life, Sisters for Life, The Family Foundation, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Commonwealth Policy Center.
For more information on the Yes for Life Alliance, please visit YesforLifeKY.com and follow the organization’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages.
Update on Buffer Zone5:19 PM | July 15, 2021
“Kentucky Right to Life and all of our prowoman prolife advocates are pleased that our pursuit of litigation has resulted in the city permitting sidewalk counseling ministry to continue by extending the temporary emergency injunction as we await Judge Jennings’ decision on the matter” - Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, Kentucky Right to Life.
TESSA REDMOND | July 8, 2021 | Kentucky Today
Louisville Metro Government calls for summary judgment in ‘buffer zone’ lawsuit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Louisville Metro Government filed the final brief regarding its motion to dismiss a pro-life lawsuit opposing the contentious “buffer zone” ordinance on Wednesday.
The lawsuit was first filed on June 8 by Ky Right to Life and Sisters for Life, a pro-life sidewalk counseling ministry, on the grounds that the ordinance infringed upon their constitutional rights of free speech and free exercise of religion. Attorneys reached a temporary agreement until July 16, when the buffer zone surrounding the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, one of two women’s health clinics providing abortions in the state, will go into effect.
This final brief, submitted by Jefferson County Attorney Michael O’Connell, follows both a memorandum opposing the city’s motion and a reply seeking injunctive relief, which was filed by the plaintiffs in Western District Court on June 28.
“The Ordinance does not violate or substantially burden any of plaintiffs’ constitutional rights,” the brief read.
“The Ordinance creates time, place and manner restrictions on speech and assembly outside of healthcare facilities to ensure the safety of patients entering and exiting such facilities and to provide enforcement officers with bright-line rules which are both significant and legitimate government interests.”
In response to the lawsuit’s allegation that the ordinance is overbroad and restricts religious, pro-life speech, the brief claims the ordinance is content-neutral — meaning it “does not attempt to regulate the content of any individual’s speech” within the buffer zone outside of the EMW.
“Any restriction of plaintiff’s speech, freedom of assembly, and free exercise of religion are minimal and justified by the government’s significant interest in the subject Ordinance,” the brief read.
Under the ordinance, healthcare facilities are not required to establish buffer zones and must request one from Public Works. According to the brief, the EMW is the only facility to request the ordinance “given the unique and long history of violence and harassment at this location.”
Addia Wuchner, executive director of Ky Right to Life, stated there is a difference between sidewalk counseling ministry and protesting, which Metro Government identified as “assault, harassment, stalking and intimidation” in its reply.
“Our case is defending the right of sidewalk counselors, which is a ministry, to meet women and to present them with alternatives at a very critical moment in their life,” Wuchner said. “The buffer zone prevents that opportunity for more intimate communication.”
Ky Supreme Court rules in favor of AG Cameron
The Ky Supreme Court ruled on Saturday, Aug. 21, that the Franklin Circuit Court was wrong to block the bills that the Ky Legislature had passed to limit Gov. Beshear’s powers. The Courier-Journal noted, “The unanimous ruling is mostly a victory for the Republican-dominated Kentucky General Assembly and Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who argued the legislation passed earlier this year to limit the governor's power was constitutional and should not have been blocked.”
This means that AG Cameron will have more latitude in pursuing the allowances of HB2 should future mandates be issued. SB1 states that the Governor’s executive orders are limited to 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly. More.
In Kentucky, new laws do not take effect for 90 days following the Regular Session of the Legislature, unless marked as An Emergency. SB 9, the “Born Alive” bill, took effect immediately. HB 155, the “Newborn Safety Device” bill, became law on June 29th AND the first baby box was installed at Okolona Fire Station #1 located at 8501 Preston Highway in Louisville on July 1st!
HB 91—Yes for Life— has a longer shelf life. It will be on the ballot in 2022, and Kentuckians will vote whether to amend the Ky Constitution with this text: “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” As Sponsor Joe Fischer has said, “There will be no Roe v. Wade decision in Ky. The regulation or elimination of abortion will be vested in the Ky General Assembly, not in the courts.”
HB 2, An Emergency, passed into law already, allowing the Attorney General to seek injunctive relief and civil and criminal penalties to prevent, penalize and remedy violation(s) of
- a statute relating to abortion facilities
- certain statutes relating to abortions, and
- emergency management orders relating to elective medical procedures stating that during a state of emergency abortion is deemed to be an emergent or urgent medical procedure.
However, Senate Bills 1 and 2 that limit the Governor’s powers in managing emergencies, were served injunctions by Gov. Beshear right after they passed and now are under litigation in the Ky Supreme Court (along with House Bill 1 and House Joint Resolution 77, also relating to emergency executive orders).
SB 1 and 2 affect HB 2. That is why abortion continued to be viewed as an emergency procedure even after these bills passed both House and Senate, and even though their vetoes were overridden.
The Supreme Court ruling should be issued soon. We expect the Ky Legislature’s amendments to be upheld and will report on this case in a future e-letter. We commend Chad Meredith for a masterful job of arguing this case on behalf of AG Cameron.
As important as the Law IS, when we consider that we are still looking for a response from EMW and Planned Parenthood in regard to the Transfer Agreements LAW that was UPHELD by the Appeals Court LAST NOVEMBER, and a ruling on the 2019 Heartbeat and No-discrimination LAWS from the District Court ever since spring 2020, we realize the great importance of working to change hearts.
Laws can save lives, but the heart is where the action is.
On Monday, June 14, Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a brief before the United States Supreme Court in support of his defense of House Bill 454, Kentucky’s law prohibiting live-dismemberment abortions. Read his full statement here.
A year and a half ago the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court heard the arguments for and against HB454. A media event organized by our current executive director raised public awareness about the legal case, how babies are aborted, and AG Cameron’s defense of the Ky law. At that news conference AG Cameron promised to pursue the case to SCOTUS if the Appeal was denied, which it was about this time last year. Learn more here. Following is a statement by Addia Kathryn Wuchner on AG Cameron’s bold stand.
As a former Kentucky state representative and the author and sponsor of ‘HB 454, The Human Rights of the Child Act Banning Live Dismemberment Abortions,’ and as Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life, we are grateful and stand in full support of Attorney General Daniel Cameron and his unwavering commitment to the defense of life.
In January 2020, outside the US Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, at our joint press conference, AG Cameron publicly affirmed that he would defend human life and appeal the case to the Supreme Court if necessary. Thank you for being a leader of integrity and a man of your word!
HB 454 banning live dismemberment abortions in Kentucky reflects the judgment of the citizens of our Commonwealth that certain abortion practices are so barbaric and gruesome, they warrant exclusion from a civilized society.
Without a doubt, ultrasound affirms that “by the end of 10 weeks, the unborn child has fingers, hands, arms, toes, feet, legs, eyelids, and ears” — confirming that the unborn child is in fact a human being, and affirms our work in defending the ‘human rights’ of the child.
When we look at all the human rights injustices that deform our society and culture today, we are paralyzed in moving forward to address any of them, until we resolve the greatest human rights issues of our day: the basic right to life and the human rights of every child.
- Many people do not know that Dilation and Evacuation Abortion is a surgical procedure during which the limbs and torso of a live, in-utero fetus are torn off by the abortionist's forceps, and the skull crushed. The fetus feels pain as early as 12 weeks, and the D&E abortion is performed beginning at 13 weeks.
- In 2018 when the ‘Dismemberment Abortion’ Legislation passed, science had ascertained that pain was felt by a fetus as early as 20 weeks. In 2017 the “Pain Capable” Law was passed in Ky, limiting the procedure of abortion to 20 weeks. The 12-week threshold was reported by the American College of Pediatricians earlier this year.
- Did you know that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers at times facilitate a D&E abortion to deliver baby parts for use by research labs? This controversy was initially publicized by ABC News in 2000 and then further exposed by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress in a series of videos starting in mid-2015, and his revelations landed him in a legal quagmire that continues today.
- The practice of using baby body parts in research, funded by taxpayers and the federal government, was restricted by former President Trump. His policy was repealed this past April, as reported on the KRLA Timeline.
- Read more about Ky’s Dismemberment Law on this website here and here.
SIDEWALK COUNSELORS CONTINUE!
The parties have agreed that Ordinance O-179-21 (the “Ordinance”), prohibiting the sidewalk ministry from practicing their religious freedoms for half a city block claiming it is a “buffer zone” to EMW’s property, will not be enforced until July 16, 2021 in order to allow the attorneys involved to complete briefings.
Attorney Chris Wiest, who represents those having their rights violated by the Ordinance, stated, “I consider this a win in the first round, because it allows the ministry to continue.”
Addia Wuchner said, “We are pleased that our attorney has been able to broker a temporary agreement as we prepare for a full hearing in Western District Court. As a pro-life, pro-women organization, we believe that sidewalk ministry plays an important role in a woman’s right to have fully informed consent.”
A new and good wrinkle in the Buffer Zone (BZ) controversy in Louisville has arisen.
We are glad to report that Angela Minter and her organization, Sisters For Life, together with Kentucky Right To Life, filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against Louisville Metro, Mayor Greg Fisher, Louisville Metro Police Chief Ericka Shields, and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell against Louisville’s new BZ ordinance, on the grounds that the new ordinance violates their free speech rights and prohibits them from practicing their faith.
The Sisters For Life regularly minister to women at the EMW abortion clinic in Louisville. In 2019, EMW performed 99.5% of all abortions in Kentucky. Angela and Sisters for Life saved 800 babies from having their lives cut short by ministering to women and their partners and revealing other life choices available to them for their child other than abortion, including adoption, free housing during and after the pregnancy, free child care, free help with college tuition if they choose not to abort their child, parenting resources including diapers, formula, clothes, parenting classes, counseling and more, such as information about child development that shows parents how developed their child is at the particular stage of their pregnancy.
Angela and Sisters For Life consider it essential to maintain a caring demeanor, a calm tone of voice, and direct eye contact while ministering to people on the sidewalk outside of the abortion clinic. They do not yell, protest with signs, or block the path. They walk beside women sharing information.
On May 20, 2021, the Metro Council passed Ordinance O-179-21 (the “Ordinance”), in a 14-11 divided vote prohibiting the sidewalk ministry from practicing their religious freedoms for half a city block claiming it is a “buffer zone” to EMW’s property.
Why are Louisville Metro Council, Mayor Fisher, Chief Shields and Attorney O’Connell so interested in limiting a women’s right to information? —in this instance, not only her rights to information about her body, services available to her family, but information some believe could protect her soul.
Margaret Sanger, who strategically placed abortion clinics in low-income black neighborhoods in a covert effort at genocide, proudly boasted that it was cheaper to kill poor children before they are born than to sustain them on welfare after birth.
If you limit a woman’s access to information, you limit her options
Chris Wiest, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, stated: “The City of Louisville should know better than to pass this flagrantly unconstitutional ordinance and we look forward to having it struck down.”
Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life issued the following statement: “Kentucky Right to Life and our members were disappointed by the decision to utilize buffer zones at the EMW abortion clinic. The Supreme Court has previously affirmed the sidewalk counselor ministry ensuring that women have the opportunity to make a fully informed consent. Kentucky Right to Life will continue to advocate for the protection of the unborn child and the First Amendment right of citizens to peacefully gather, pray, support women, and respectively bear witness in defense of innocent life. We stand in full support of the injunction filed by Angela Minter and Sisters for Life.”
NRLC urges: Contact your legislator!
The Senate on a near party line vote adopted the Lankford (R-OK) amendment to the Democrats’ $3.5T budget resolution to preserve the Hyde amendment. Sen. Manchin (D-WV) joined all Republicans in voting Yes. News link
September 30th is the deadline for funding the government, at which point a stopgap measure would be necessary to keep the government open. Pro-life Senators are committed to saving the Hyde Amendment and will continue working toward that goal. It is essential to tell your senators that HYDE must be saved! Sign the petition!
Statement by KRLA Executive Director Addia Wuchner
As a candidate for president, he promised the most radical pro-abortion groups in America that he would scrap the Hyde Amendment and force Americans to fund the killing of babies in abortions with their tax dollars. #Promisesmadepromiseskept #prolife
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Promises made promises kept! Devastating. All I will say is the President is certainly a man of his word. President Biden made it official today by proposing a federal budget without the Hyde Amendment for the first time since the late 1970s when it was adopted.
If he thinks the American people are OK with their tax dollars paying for the killing of unborn children, then he doesn’t know Americans.
President Biden literally kickstarts Memorial weekend, a weekend when we honor and remember those who have fallen and given their lives for the freedoms and liberties we all cherish with the devastating undermining of a 45-year held provision that ensured taxpayer dollars did not pay for abortions.
I am convinced that Americans do not want to PAY for playing GOD with the value of human life.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- While the Buffer Zone vote by the Louisville Metro Council was disappointing, it was not unexpected. We had hoped that the hearts and intellects of the members who express concern for safety would show true concern for vulnerable women about to make a decision that will affect them throughout their lives. To quote Mother Teresa, 'Abortion is a crime that not only kills the child but also the conscience of all involved.' We at Kentucky Right to Life are committed to protecting the lives of the unborn and the health and safety of women. This vote denies women the compassionate walk-beside-you help that is needed at the critical moment. Many women do not realize that there is help available for them and their babies..." Read Addia Wuchner's full statement.
See the Metro Council discussions and testimonies here.
BUFFER ZONE VOTE RESCHEDULED
A procedural vote on the Buffer Zone took place at the May 6 Council meeting. The vote set this issue aside; it will return to the full council on May 20. Keep those cards and calls coming! Let the Council members hear from you.
A Facebook video of the meeting with the pro-life arguments by Atty. Annie MacLean and Chelsea Pritchett is here. Move the play button to 7:20.
Arguments were presented on April 28 for and against a 10-foot Buffer Zone to mark how close sidewalk counselors may stand to any Metro Louisville healthcare facility. The Community Affairs, Housing, Health and Education Committee voted 5 - 2 to send the Buffer Zone ordinance to the full Council for a vote.
Last August the Buffer Zone was voted down by the Metro Council. We trust that the new Council members will study the discussions in their minutes to carefully consider what is at stake.
Executive Director Addia Wuchner participated in the committee meeting, and has made an official statement:
We advocate for the protection of the unborn child and the First Amendment right of citizens to peacefully gather, pray, support women, and respectfully bear witness in defense of innocent life. While the Courts have recognized that states and cities have significant interest in maintaining public safety and preserving access to health care facilities, they have nevertheless ruled it is unconstitutional to take control of a public sidewalk for the sole, discretionary use of a private business like the EMW abortion facility, as it impedes the right to free speech. Those proposing the ordinance and abortion advocates say that it is a matter of public safety, but make no mistake, this is a direct attempt to silence pro-women, pro-child, pro-life advocates and the public’s right of free speech.
In a Courier-Journal article last summer, Council member Marilyn Parker noted, “I just don’t think this is a very good look for the council, with the protests, the destruction and the disorder that’s been allowed to happen in the city. We need to think about this. Why does this group get special privileges for safety?”
This week the FDA suspended regulations on dispensing the abortion pill for the duration of the pandemic.
…the FDA cited a number of studies by abortion advocates claiming to have demonstrated that these at-home telemedical, ‘no-test’ abortions were safe.
This means a female can order her chemical (medical) abortion online during a consultation with a doctor, and receive the meds in the mail.
Read more on the National Right to Life blog.
KRLA and representatives of the General Assembly are already working on legislation to address this in the 2022 session in a Omnibus Bill.
Meanwhile, know how to be a sidewalk counselor in your own neighborhood!
Related article: A third to one-half of abortions in USA are chemical not surgical
We are proud of our new Executive Director Addia Wuchner for establishing a new program of the RTL Educational Foundation of Ky— the ProLife Legacy Founders Scholarship Fund!
Four $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors who seek to advance in four academic areas will be awarded this spring and in coming years. The areas of study are:
- Law / Political Science
- Medicine / Healthcare / Nursing
- Education / Media and Communications
- Trade and Technical
The scholarships are given in honor of Margie Montgomery on whose shoulders we stand, Judge Robert F. Greene, Esq., and Paul J. Kissel (dec.), a Ky architect.
The Donald C. Wintersheimer Memorial Scholarship honors this Ky Supreme Court Justice who served 24 years. (dec. Feb. 2021). Justice Wintersheimer was the most prolific opinion writer in Kentucky history, averaging over 50 opinions each year. Addia shares from an Opinion he penned regarding a case involving quality of life before the Ky Supreme Court, so you may appreciate the merits of the Donald Wintersheimer Memorial Scholarship:
That reasoning would place the courts in the position of affirming that death, or nonexistence, is preferable to life. The argument that there is a kind of ‘quality of life’ ethic is without any merit… If logically extended, it could produce a culture that condones the extermination of the weak by the strong or the more powerful.
Apply now! Download a Pdf fillable application form here. Save to your computer, fill in the fields, save, and email it to ProLifeStudents@krla.org. If you prefer, mail it. All instructions are on the form. Read it carefully to be sure to send all the documents requested. Call the office, 502.895.5959 if you have questions. The deadline to apply is May 20, 2021.
Greetings Pro-Life Champions! What an amazing evening! As your Executive Director, I could write volumes on the inspirational and joyful spirit that filled the room at Thursday’s 48th Annual Celebration of Life Banquet!
With a year of COVID 19 restrictions, masks and social separation, and even though we employed all current health and COVID guidelines, the joy of a Pro-Life Family Reunion filled the banquet hall and the hearts of everyone in attendance!
So many words of thanks and gratitude go out to everyone who helped to make our Celebration such a blessing!
Our Emcee, Col. Steve Parker, kept the evening on track with his entertaining wit. You realized how blessed we are to call Kentucky home when you listen to the thought-provoking words of Kentucky’s Attorney General, Daniel Cameron. He is relentless in his pursuit of justice and defense of the unborn! Thanks also to Senator Rand Paul, who took time from his extremely intensive Washington D.C. responsibilities to extend a personal Pro-Life message of encouragement to all of us.
Ky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Congratulations to our 2021 Award recipients
This year’s essay topic was “Why am I pro-life?” We received many thoughtful essays from across the state. Our 2021 contest winners are: Anna Sewell, a Freshman at Highlands Latin School; Marissa Mudd, a Sophomore at Highlands Latin School; and Gabby Browning, a Junior at Notre Dame Academy in Northern Kentucky. Our sincere thanks to the students and our panel of judges who reviewed the essays, which was no small task!
L to r: Marissa, Anna, Cathie Young, RTL of Louisville Board President, Walk for Life chair and Essay chair (too!), and Gabby
RTL Volunteer of the Year: Our recipients Celesta and Rick Arnold are an absolutely amazing couple; both are a living testimony to our mission and are Pro-Life champions. They are responsible for organizing and promoting the annual Pro-Life Mass held at St. Martin of Tours. Together, they helped roll out the Knights of Columbus ultrasound initiative in Kentucky, providing over 12 ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers across the Commonwealth.
The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Ky Award went to Kent Ostrander, Executive Director and founder of the Kentucky Family Foundation. The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky Award is given in recognition of an outstanding individual who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to respect for human life by counteracting abortion, infanticide and euthanasia in the Commonwealth through exceptional educational efforts.)
Each year the Dr. Albert J. Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have exemplified what we at Right to Life have been advocating since our inception — respect for life itself. Our 2021 Humanitarian of the Year made significant contributions, through his public and private life, to advancing a culture of life across the Commonwealth. It was an honor to recognize and award the 2021 Humanitarian of the Year award to the 62nd Governor of Kentucky, and notably the most Pro-Life Governor in the history of our Commonwealth, Matt Bevin.
Then it was time for our 2021 speaker…! For many, our speaker really needed no introduction. Mark Schultz is a platinum-selling Christian recording artist with 10 #1 singles, a Dove award, and multiple Dove award nominations. But Mark’s story is more than album sales and awards. His story is told through his music. His beautifully woven stories in word and song moved our hearts to reflect on how truly precious life is… Mark’s story is one of navigating life not for himself, but for the glory of God. At Kentucky Right to Life, we are already being encouraged to hold a “Yes for Life” concert!
Of course, we shared our exciting announcement regarding our new scholarships to support the “Next Pro-Life Generation”! Beginning this year, The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky will offer four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. Information on these scholarships is available online or by contacting our RTL office at 502.895.5959.
Before ending our evening with prayer, Kentucky Right to Life shared the importance of an extraordinary and historic piece of legislation that we have been working on with our Pro-Life House and Senate. The legislation is HB 91, “Yes for Life”, Kentucky’s Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment!
We hope everyone will join Kentucky Right to Life in collaboration with Pro-Family and Pro-Life organizations from across Kentucky, on the front steps of our capital in Frankfort on Monday, March 29th for the “Yes for Life Vigil & Rally” supporting final passage of HB91!
On Thursday evening as we shared the critical significance of Kentucky’s Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment, we also began our first appeal. Passing such a monumental issue on the ballot will require significant prayer, work and funding.
We are trusting in the Good Lord and the generosity of many hearts as we take on this monumental task of raising a half million dollars… $500,000.00! We will need your help and we hope that you will prayerfully open your hearts and provide generous financial support for this historical and life-impacting challenge God now calls us to “Yes for Life Kentucky!”
Well, I have now penned a chapter or two on that novel I could write about a very special joy-filled evening at the 48th Annual Celebration of Life and the blessing of being called to serve as your Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director. Thank you again, to Dawn & the Celebration Team: Corey, Karen, Michelle and Erica for being so amazing. We thank you Lord for being the voice that calls us and the glue that holds us together!
The greatest cultural challenge is before us. It will reflect the society, state and nation that we leave for our children, or as the framers of our Constitution so beautifully stated in the preamble… for ourselves and our posterity. Those words were written for the people living in 1787, for us today for future generations of unborn Americans.
Angela Minter, Executive Director of Sisters for Life and Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of KRLA
Thank you everyone who joined with us Thursday evening; and for those who couldn’t make it, I look forward to visiting with you soon.
Please keep Kentucky Right to Life, our Affiliates and collaborating Pro-Life organizations in your prayers as we work together on this defining issue of our time, the human rights and the defense of the most vulnerable, the right to life of the unborn child!
God Bless you and be assured of my prayers! Please watch for many more banquet photos, coming soon.
Changing Hearts, Saving Lives!
Hundreds ! of pro-lifers gathered to Celebrate Life at the annual banquet on March 18. Watch for more pictures and coverage of the event soon! The keynoter, Mark Schultz, moved us to tears with his personal message and music about adoption. The RTL Educational Foundation of Ky Award went to Kent Ostrander, Executive Director of The Family Foundation; the Schuhmann A. Montgomery, Sr., Volunteer(s) of the Year Award went to Rick and Celesta Arnold; and the Dr. Albert J. Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year Award went to Governor Matt Bevin.
Shown in the photos are: Matt and Glenna Bevin; March for Life chairman Jerry Durbin- family table; Stuart Benson-Louisville Metro Council with Dennis Corley- Louisville RTL board; Debbie Brown, Peggy Boone, Lynn Ray- Louisville RTL board and banquet volunteers; and Sen. Ralph Alvarado with wife Dawn.
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8/31/2021 6:55:59 PMAbortion statistics show rising trend in Ky
8/20/2021 6:08:04 PMLet's make November 8, 2022 an election to celebrate!
7/11/2021 10:41:26 AM“Our case is defending the right of sidewalk counselors, which is a ministry, to meet women and to present them with alternatives at a very critical moment in their life,” Wuchner said…
7/2/2021 7:38:36 PMAwaiting an outcome at the Ky Supreme Court
6/15/2021 6:19:14 PM“We are paralyzed in moving forward to address any human rights injustices that deform our culture today until we resolve the greatest human rights issues of our day, the basic right to life and the human rights of every child.”
6/8/2021 1:53:05 PMReligious freedoms are trampled as sidewalk counselors are silenced.
5/28/2021 10:03:30 PMPresident Biden proposes; Senate may not agree.
5/21/2021 7:56:38 PMBuffer Zone argued, defended, exposed as inequitable and uncompassionate
4/30/2021 9:57:13 AMIn less than nine months the Buffer Zone gets fast tracked for a new vote.
4/16/2021 7:55:31 PMIn the post-Trump era, the abortion landscape is changing fast.
3/24/2021 7:58:04 PM2021 begins a new tradition for the RTL Educational Foundation!
3/21/2021 5:46:09 PMHeartfelt thanks and exciting announcements from Addia
3/20/2021 2:48:49 PMGathering with old and new friends, celebrating pro-life values and goals