8 Mar 2019

March 8th Celebration of Life Annual Banquet

On Friday, March 8, 2019, the 46th Annual Banquet will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville. Register now and bring friends!

Let's enjoy a fun and encouraging evening with fellow pro-lifers and a bold keynoter, Ryan Bomberger, who heads The Radiance Foundation.

Ryan is an Emmy® Award-winning creative professional, international public speaker, citizen journalist, factivist, and author of the powerful book, Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong. He is also the co-founder of RadianceFoundation.org, a life-affirming organization based on the belief that every human life has purpose. Ryan has a rather unique perspective of the innate nature of purpose. He is one of ten children who were adopted and loved in a diverse family of fifteen. Today, as an adoptee and adoptive father, he enjoys boldly illuminating the intrinsic worth we all possess.

He and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation to extensively research and creatively present challenging social issues through ad campaigns, multimedia talks, fearless journalism, and compassionate community outreaches. From keynotes at renown locations like Harvard, Princeton, Columbia Law School, University of Notre Dame, Ireland’s Trinity College, March for Life DC, March for Life UK, Capitol Hill briefings, and hundreds more events here and abroad, Ryan is passionate about helping to build a culture that values Life in all of its stages.

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31 May 2018

A look back at the 2018 Banquet

The 45th Annual Celebration of Life Banquet April 20 was an outstanding success due to many factors, especially since our speaker, Ann McElhinney, has become a popular pro-life author, speaker and film producer.

Our incredible award winners included Deacon Syl and Joan Nitzken, Anne Yeiser, and Peggy Boone.

Syl and Joan graciously accepted the prestigious Dr Albert J Schweitzer Humanitarian of the year award for the variety of church and school related responsibilities over the years including Eucharistic Ministry, Lector duties, a number of special education causes including the Ursuline Learning Center, the founding of Eastside Academy for teenage girls, and the broader effort of furthering the Ursuline – Pitt Special Education mission. Their Association with Right to Life has underscored the dependable nature of this unassuming, dedicated twosome. Ever-ready to assist, this inspiring husband and wife were among the earliest, defenders of the preborn locally, attending various Right To Life functions including numerous meetings, conferences, marches and prayer services.

Anne Yeiser received the Right to Life Educational Foundation 2018 Award. Anne has produced the Kentucky Right to Life website for many years now. It features various current news and information. She served as volunteer director of Birthright of Louisville a crisis pregnancy care center for nine years and was on the board of the Child Connection for many years, a local organization working to prevent child abductions. Anne is currently secretary for Right to Life of Louisville.

One of her many achievements was an intensive advertising campaign executed in 1994, called the Transformation Series where print ads ran in Business First during the month of March educating business leaders on the abortion issue.

The 2018 Schuhmann A. Montgomery, Sr., Volunteer of the Year Award went to Peggy Boone. Peggy first became a member of Right to Life in Lexington, Ky., after hearing about the organization at Christ the King Catholic Church in 1975. In the early 80’s, Peggy moved to Louisville and became a member of Right to Life of Louisville and a board member from 1985 – 1995, and again from 2015 to the present.

Peggy has participated in Right to life Walks, rallies, meetings, etc., and has been a chairman for the basket raffle for the annual banquet for the last three years. She also has been the Respect Life Chairperson at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church for eight years. Devotion to her family and pro-life work have been a major focus throughout Peggy’s life.

THANKS to all who participated in our Banquet Program, or donated a Theme Basket or item such as a gift certificate. We are grateful. Needless to say, we receive no government funds!

Theme Baskets
1 Oct 2018

2018 Annual Meeting

The Louisville Annual Meeting features a review of the past year and special presentations by those who serve the pro-life cause locally.

We enjoyed hearing a report about the Political Action Committee work on the PAC Alert for the MidTerms. Dave Bauscher, PAC Chairman, also discussed the local Republican Party work on behalf of Andy Barr and the seats needed by Democrats to attain a majority. Vince Heuser gave an update on recent court decisions on pro-life laws in Kentucky.

Even McCarty, youth president, reported on an upcoming conference with Students for Life.

The new slate of officers and directors is:

Officers for 2019
President: Mary Ann Schubert
Vice-President: Cathie Young
Treasurer: Dave Bauscher
Recording Secretary: Anne Yeiser
Board of Directors
Peggy Boone
Debbie Brown
Dennis Corley
Lynda DaPonte
Rob Driggers
Janice Gootee
Dawn Heuglin
Evan McCarthy
James McIntyre, Emeritus
Margie Montgomery
Schu Montgomery, Jr.
Ann Ransdell
Jack Ratterman
Lynn Ray
Mike Ryan
Jim Thomas
Mary Ann Schubert

Mary Ann Schubert, shown with her husband at the 2018 State Conference, is the new board president of Louisville RTL.

Mary Ann has been an active member of Right to Life for many years and has served as a board member and most recently as Vice President.

She is married to Bob, a Stained Glass artist and works with him in their business, Stained Glass of Louisville. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Mary Ann is a member of St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church.

Jack and Margie

Jack Ratterman has stepped down from chairing the board after so many years that we cannot recall the number! Thanks, Jack.

We also thank board members who served MANY YEARS, including Chris Walker, Mike Sasse, Josette Goulet, Chris Geddie and Laura Grijalba.

29 Apr 2014

LEGACY ARTICLE: Legislative Session Ends as Democrats Kill Pro-Life Bills

by Mike Janocik

Kentucky Right to Life Association and its affiliated Political Action Committee (PAC) are non-partisan organizations. Our membership roster represents a diverse group of persons and families who are united for one purpose: to restore legal protection to innocent human life threatened by abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia.

In our legislative efforts Kentucky Right to Life works hard with both sides of the aisle to represent unborn children and their mothers. Since its founding, in each election cycle the KRLA-PAC has been pleased to endorse both Republicans and Democrats alike.

We understand that the restoration of full legal protection to unborn children will occur when, and only when, both major political parties embrace an ethic of life from conception until natural death.

As the largest state-wide pro-life organization that speaks for those whose voices are denied, we can’t ignore the harsh reality that sustained efforts to persuade the Democratic party away from its philosophy of “choice” have failed miserably.

The 2012 Democratic National Convention taught us that the political party that used to advocate for the little guy has mostly been taken over by radical, pro-abortion leaders. On March 20th, Democratic House leaders, working with Rep. Tom Burch (D) and his stacked pro-abortion H&W Committee, killed every pro-life bill introduced into the legislature. As of this writing, the Obama administration is using the full power of its legal resources to force owners of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor to fund the killing of innocent human life with abortifacient chemicals and devices.

Some contend the Kentucky Democrat Party is different. Regrettably, on the life issues, that’s not been the case.

For the 8th straight year, each and every incremental, common ground pro-life bill has been killed by the Democratic-controlled House. Little has changed in leadership over the years to offer pro-life Kentuckians any hope. House Democrats continue to elect pro-abortion leadership.

The few praiseworthy exceptions prove the rule: Democrats, for whatever reason, are not reliable defenders of un-born children threatened by abortion.

This legislative session provides an objective case in point: the motion on the ultra-sound informed consent bill SB 8 to suspend the rules in an effort to move it from Rep. Tom Burch’s pro-abortion H&W committee onto the House floor for action, received only 2 Democrat “yea” votes. There are 54 House Democrats. Do the math.

The motion received 43 votes, 8 short of the required 51. Of the 43 “yea” votes 41 were Republicans.

In politics it is important to watch what public servants do, not so much what they say.

Moving into the November elections, politicians will ad-vance excuses why they didn’t vote on SB 8. Some will dismiss the action as a mere procedural vote. Others will claim they were supporting other pro-life bills. But don’t be deceived: the move to suspend the rules for action on SB 8 was an opportunity to take a firm stand for women and their unborn children. Those who were present but abstained from voting “yea” chose to side with House Democratic leadership and abortion providers rather than those threatened by abortion.

At 10:17 a.m. on March 14th, the House roll call con-firmed 93 members were pre-sent while 7 members were absent. Those absent were: Reps. Couch, Denham, Dos-sett, Gooch, Nelson, Riner, and Waide. At approximately 11:15 a.m. Reps. Joe Fischer (R ) and Tim Moore (R ) moved to suspend the rules to pull SB 8 from the recalcitrant H&W committee for action on the House floor. By 11:27 a.m. the vote had been registered (see photo). Two Reps. “changed” their votes: Rep. Kenny Imes (R ) had left the House floor and was almost to his car when he received a cell phone call from a fellow pro-life legislator ask-ing him to return to vote ‘yea’, which he did. Rep. Tommy Thompson (D, dist. 14) who had abstained from voting until after the votes were registered, changed his vote when it would make no difference to the outcome.

Two Kentucky Right to Life legislative agents were present in the House gallery for the vote and know who was on the floor during the vote.

2014 may well be an historic election year in Kentucky. For those who understand that the protection of innocent human lives and their mothers is of paramount importance and requires extraordinary efforts, the record is clear: many who claim to be pro-life are not pro-life when the choice is between unborn children and House leadership. November is coming. Let us all stand with unborn children threatened by abortion and vote accordingly.

Roll Call

Let’s remember the dark days and work hard to retain the Republican majority for pro-life action.

20 Apr 2014

LEGACY ARTICLE: Bravo, Margaret Lyon!

Recently, a friend of Life, Margaret Lyon, wanted to express her opinion about the failure of the Ky. State Health and Welfare Committee in the recent Legislative Session to move our prolife bills to the floor for a vote. She wrote a letter to the editor of the Courier-Journal, but it was also important to her to show photographs of a developing fetus and a baby. "A picture is worth a thousand words."

The C-J Letters to the Editor section does not permit photos, so Margaret made a decision to submit her letter with her photos as an advertisement. Some may not realize what an expense this was! We do, because we are familiar with the C-J's rate card. Our special THANKS and admiration is extended to Margaret for her devotion to Life.

True devotion may be expressed in many ways. It is inspiring to learn of a real-life example. Below is her Letter/ad that was published in the C-J in April.

PAID ADVERTISEMENT

April 20, 2014

"Point of View"

In the April 9 edition of The Courier-Journal, in Representative Tom Burch's reply about the failure of the bills regarding abortion to pass in the Health and Welfare Committee, there were only two sentences about the actual bill, and there were several pro-life bills being presented. These bills would have helped girls to make an informed decision about abortion.

Similar bills have been submitted for several years and have been placed in the 16 member Health and Welfare Committee with Chairman Tom Burch. It's apparent to me that the Democrats in House Leadership have appointed the majority to the Health and Welfare Committee and each year they have been successful in keeping the pro-life bills from going to the House floor for a vote. This year, if the House has been given the opportunity to vote, there were sufficient votes on the floor to allow the bills to become law.

The intent of the Informed Consent Bill is for the woman considering an abortion to have a face-to-face meeting with a trained counselor. The purpose of such meeting is to discuss the development of her unborn child, options that are available, and resources to help her. At the present time counseling is permitted over the phone, often by recorded message.

Abortion in Kentucky is a multi-million dollar business. The abortion clinics in Louisville and Lexington (which are run by the same people) charge from $600 to $2,000 for an abortion and $200 for an ultrasound. In 2013, 3,435 went into the clinic in Louisville and about 2,000 in Lexington.

Sadly enough, 27 agencies are listed in the phone book to help with adoptions.

We pray and try to pass out leaflets at the abortion clinic at 2nd and Market Streets. The leaflets show the development of the baby, dangers of abortion, and a list of places that give assistance in Kentucky. There are at least two places that will provide a home for pregnant girls to stay until they have their babies.

It is important that everyone knows who their senator and house representative is and his/her position on life issues.

Call 1-800-372-7181 in Frankfort to get the name of your representatives.

The people of Kentucky have the right to know what's going on!

Margaret Lyon

P.S. Several Christian churches support counseling service and have free ultrasound. It's next to the abortion clinic at 2nd and Market Sts.

Courier-Journal Letter-Ad of Margaret Lyon
14 Nov 2014

LEGACY ARTICLE: CEDAW re-emerges in Louisville

by Anne Yeiser, Louisville RTL Board Member

In 2001 the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) made its way to Louisville. Then city commissioner Delores Delahanty introduced a resolution to Fiscal Court "to ratify the UN [CEDAW]. In doing so, I believe we send a message that discrimination against women which continues to exist in this country and abroad is not acceptable. We also affirm the full advancement of all women in the workplace, their human rights, and their fundamental freedoms." The Fiscal Court passed the Resolution.

One of four members, County Judge/Executive Rebecca Jackson, voted NAY but was obliged to sign the Resolution as the Fiscal Court executive. Her comments were: …while I agree that no one in this world should be discriminated against for any reason… Today, Fiscal Court will vote on a resolution that asks our US government to ratify a UN Treaty that is more than 25 years old…It has languished in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations under four presidents: Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton… so far neither party has gotten… to draw a Senate vote on the issue due to its lack of support within both Democratically and Republican controlled Senates… 165 countries in all have ratified this treaty. Of those more than one third have added reservations [that] severely hamper anyone's ability to actually achieve those goals outlined… [It offers] Dictators and Despots a shield to cover… to hide from the accusations made against the leadership… Do we believe that any of these Countries are truly living up to the standards that… the treaty sets out?… [It] allows leaders to pretend that they are not discriminating against the very women that the treaty is designed to protect. I believe this is dangerous.

(To read Jackson's full statement, see the "R-193-14 ATTACH Jeff Cty RES 20 SERIES 2001.pdf" available here.)

Again, during the autumn of 2014 a committee chaired by Metro Council member Mary Woolridge promoted CEDAW through a Resolution. The full Council was asked to vote on the Resolution on Thursday, November 6, 2014. A 90-minute discussion preceded the vote to allow the minority that opposed it to state objections and to hear arguments. You can watch and listen to the full proceedings here. For more on the Compassionate Cities initiative referred to in the debate, go here. Louisville is 35th on that list.

Visitors to the meeting sat on the right and left. Looking toward Metro Council Chairman Jim King, the CEDAW supporters sat on the left and those opposed were on the right. It was symbolic.

Just after the meeting was called to order, citizen activists were given three minutes each to express opinions on Louisville Metro Council agenda items. To see the agenda for November 6, 2014, go here. Of eight citizens, two were Right to Life leaders, Margie Montgomery and Mike Janocik. They presented the case against passing Resolution R-193-14. Three citizens spoke in favor of CEDAW. Other topics were also addressed. We have asked permission of the Metro Council to post the audio of Margie and Mike on this page. Their photos were captured by screenshot from the online video. To read the Right to Life letter to the Council opposing the Resolution and the League of Women Voters letter that encourages a YES vote, go here.

R-193-14 states:
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING CITIES FOR THE CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW) INITIATIVE BY THE LOUISVILLE METRO COUNCIL AND SUPPORT OF INDIVIDUAL CITIES PASSING RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES TO IMPLEMENT THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UN CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AT THE LOCAL LEVEL (As Amended).

The Amended version drops all reference to CEDAW but retains the anti-discrimination language. For the amended version and other pertinent attachments, go here. A vote on accepting the amended resolution failed. Those voting YES to the AMENDED Resolution were: Robin Engel, Stuart Benson, Kevin Kramer, Ken Fleming, Cindi Fowler, Kelly Downard, Glen Stuckel, Marilyn Parker, Dan Johnson, James Peden and David Yates. NOTE: In the summary of the CEDAW TREATY, the website referenced as www.WomensTreaty.com should be www.WomensTreaty.org/ and http://www.cedaw2014.org On those web pages, you will see that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) is leading the charge.

At the tail end of the debate, Councilman David Yates spoke up that Council members are "sent here to do a job." He said that members are elected to work on filling potholes and putting people back to work and that this discussion was taking away from "the things we are paid to do." He pointed out that all members opposed discrimination against women and wanted to support a local effort to help put an end to any that exists, and suggested wording to eliminate the CEDAW support.

After a final vote, 20 voted in favor of the amended language and 3 opposed. Yates's revision basically read, “This resolution neither condones or endorses any treaty.”  However, the Resolution title is: “A Resolution Supporting Cities for CEDAW” (to the best of my knowledge and I have not found a document that records the final version.) The 90-minute time limit rushed the vote to a conclusion and three council members who spoke against the resolution did not agree with the final amendment. It was confusing. A webpage celebrating the passage of the Resolution is here. The white sheets you see in the photos were messages or signs in support of CEDAW that supporters held high.

Testimony of Margie Montgomery at the Louisville Metro Council

Margie Montgomery, representing Right to Life of Louisville, urged opposition and noted that the Treaty has never been ratified by the US Congress ever since it was first submitted 34 years ago. Though the word "abortion" does not appear in the text of CEDAW, Article 12 is always interpreted by official bodies (CEDAW Commission, European Parliament etc.) to include promotion of abortion. The Committee that oversees the Treaty has pressured 83 member nations to weaken or repeal laws that protect unborn children, and holds that CEDAW nations should provide public funding of abortion. It is critical of nations that have laws allowing medical professionals to opt out of providing abortions.