Pro-Life News Briefs: Award Given, New York, Tennessee, California

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 2,

Care Net Presents Linda Cochrane With Key Pro-Life Award
Washington, DC ( —
Care Net recently awarded Linda Cochrane the Dr. Harold O.J. Brown Sanctity of Human Life Award, honoring Linda’s ministry to women and men who have suffered emotionally from abortions. Presented on September 22 at Care Net’s national pregnancy center conference in Louisville, KY, the award distinguishes the impact Linda’s post- abortion programs have made through pregnancy centers around the world. "No other person has contributed more to post- abortion recovery work than Linda Cochrane," said Kristin Hansen, Care Net’s Vice President of Communications. "Through Linda’s Bible study, thousands of women and men each year are being transformed through the healing compassion of Christ." Linda’s Bible study "Forgiven and Set Free" has been published for eleven years and translated into six languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian and Romanian. The study is the first post-abortion recovery program developed, and is the foundational material for Care Net pregnancy centers’ post-abortion recovery programs. Linda also co-authored "Healing a Father’s Heart," a post-abortion Bible study for men. Last year alone, over 13,000 women and men completed one of these studies. Currently, Linda is the National Consultant on Post- Abortion Recovery at Care Net and the Executive Director of the Hopeline Pregnancy Center in Danbury, Connecticut.

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Added to ‘Choose Life’ Federal Lawsuit
Albany, NY ( —
In an unusual twist, Governor Eliot Spitzer — in his official capacity as Governor of the State of New York– has been added as a defendant in a case that he once oversaw as Attorney General of New York State. Spitzer’s newly appointed DMV Commissioner David Swarts has been also been added as a defendant. In August 2004, the DMV rejected the New York "Choose Life" License Plate sponsored by The Children First Foundation and issued a moratorium to block the approval of all new custom plates for non- profit organizations and causes. On July 26, 2006, the moratorium was further expanded when Governor Pataki cited First Amendment "legal concerns" and unexpectedly vetoed 15 legislatively approved custom plates, including the "9/11 Remembrance" Plate, the "Cure Childhood Cancer" Plate, the "Survivor of the Bravest" Plate" and many others. As CFF’s federal lawsuit now heads to trial, CFF’s legal team at the Alliance Defense Fund is holding both Governors and both DMV Commissioners responsible for unconstitutionally rejecting CFF’s pro-adoption "Choose Life" License Plate in New York. "The DMV’s moratorium is a textbook example of blatant and unconstitutional government censorship and government discrimination in New York," said CFF’s President, Dr. Elizabeth Rex. "It is time for Governor Spitzer and Commissioner Swarts to lift the moratorium, approve our plate and protect free speech, due process and equal treatment under the law at the DMV."

Tennessee Right to Life Holds Benefit Dinner Hosted by Darrell Waltrip
Nashville, TN ( —
With an eye toward upcoming legislative and electoral battles, pro-life Tennesseans gathered on Saturday evening for one of the largest Right to Life dinners in recent history according to Tennessee Right to Life president Brian Harris. “With so much at stake in the upcoming session of the Tennessee General Assembly and the importance of the 2008 elections, it’s timely that pro-life Tennesseans come together to celebrate recent gains and to be encouraged for the work ahead,” said Harris. Race car driver Darrell Waltrip and wife Stevie were Honorary Chairs of the event. “The issue of life is fundamental to who we are as a society,” said Mr. Waltrip. “It’s important for all of us to stand together to promote respect for the dignity of every human life." Syndicated columnist and commentator Star Parker spoke at the event. “I’m coming to encourage those working for the protection of life in Tennessee and also to recognize those who have done so much for so long,” said Parker. “The pro-life movement continues to make gains and with God’s help, we’ll reach the point where our society recognizes the inherent value of every person.”

Proposed California Assisted Suicide Group Demonstrates False Compassion
Sacramento, CA ( —
Fr. Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC), today criticized a proposed new group in California that says it will counsel elderly and terminally ill people on how to kill themselves. "What this California group wants to do is morally no different than telling someone standing on a ledge to jump," said Fr. Pavone. "Compassion is not telling people how to die, but helping them to live. Those who are terminally ill deserve every appropriate measure of care, as well as our presence and our prayers. The NPRC will continue to echo, in every denomination, the call to compassionate care for the sick."