LifeWorks: September 2012


September 2012 | eVolume 2, Issue 7

Your news update from New York State Right to Life

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Your vote, your work, your money, and your prayers make the difference!

Victory for Kathy Marchione means victory for the children

Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Former New York Organ Donor Network staffer says organs regularly harvested from patients showing signs of life


Your vote, your work, your money, and your prayers make the difference!


New York State Right to Life Political Action Committee won five of the seven primary races we were involved in.


The most dramatic win was in the race between incumbent state Senator Roy McDonald and proudly pro-life Kathy Marchione for the 43rd Senate District. Despite being backed by the Republican establishment and dramatically outspending Kathy Marchione, Roy McDonald was fired by the people in his district. New York State Right to Life ID’d, phone-banked, lit dropped and did GOTV (get out the vote) calls in this primary, which was won by approximately 100 votes!


Another important win was Eric Ulrich’s overwhelming victory in the 16th Senate District primary in Queens. He also won the primary on the Independence Party line. Eric is a former member of our Board of Directors.


Neil DiCarlo lost the Republican race by a few votes in a dramatic duel against state Senator Stephen Saland in the 41st Senate District. However, he garnered 81% of the vote in the Conservative primary.


In the 62nd Senate District, state Senator George Maziarz won a resounding victory with 66% of the vote.
Steve Katz in the 94th Assembly District and David DiPietro in the 147th Assembly District, both New York State Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed candidates, won handily.



Victory for Kathy Marchione in 43rd senate district GOP primary

means victory for the children!


Twelve days after Republican voters cast their ballots in the GOP state senate primary, proudly pro-life Kathy Marchione declared victory over pro-abortion incumbent Roy McDonald. Roy McDonald has voted for taxpayer funding of abortion and human cloning and supports the current policy of abortion on demand.


This is a particularly sweet victory as McDonald is as bad as Marchione is good. And, sadly, he was backed by the Republican establishment - while not sharing the values of the majority of citizens of this state in general, much less Republicans.


Kathy Marchione opposes taxpayer funding of abortion, supports informed consent and other protections for unborn children and their mothers and supports a ban on human cloning.


“We were involved in a number of races in this primary,” said Dale Noble, political director for New York State Right to Life, “but this was our number one priority.” “We are so grateful to our many volunteers for the hours they put into this election effort. As usual, they responded to the challenge,” said Noble.


We look forward to supporting Kathy Marchione in the general election for the 43rd Senate District and will welcome her strong pro-life presence in Albany after her victory on November 6th. She has already expressed a desire to co-sponsor the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act.”


The pro-life community is ecstatic over this major victory for unborn children and their moms.





 Upcoming Pro-Life Events


Schenectady County Right to Life's 32nd Annual Celebration of Life Banquet

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia, NY

Guest Speaker: David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life

"Finding Your Place in the Pro-Life Movement of Today"

Social Hour 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm

$30 per person

Call Mickey Palmieri at 518-374-4588 to register as soon as possible.


40 Days for Life Campaign

September 26 - November 4, 2012

40 Days for Life is an international campaign of prayer and fasting for the end to abortion.  The most visible component of the campaign is a constant, prayerful presence outside of abortion facilities for the duration of the campaign.  Can you commit to praying at your local abortion facility for an hour?  Sign up and learn more at the websites for the local campaigns taking place across New York State, which can be found at the 40 Days for Life locations listing.  If you are unable to participate with your physical presence, please join in praying for the mothers considering abortion and the protection of their precious unborn children.


Life Chain

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dozens of locations in New York State will take part in the national Life Chain event, a peaceful vigil in honor of Respect Life Sunday.  To view the participating locations across New York State and details, visit's listings.


Autumn Harvest Breakfast 

Westchester-Putnam Right to Life

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 9:00am

Brynwood Golf and Country Club

Held in honor of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

Guest Speaker: Gregory Baylor, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (previously Alliance Defense Fund)

For more information: (914) 232-1168


Family Pro-Life Pot Luck

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 5:00pm
 St. Paul's Church, Rome, NY

Contact: Julie (315) 335-0932


Teen Pro-Life Training Day

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 11:00am - 1:30pm

Life Center, 1123 Albany St., Schenectady, NY

Will include training session on abortion, a three-block walk to pray outside of

Planned Parenthood abortion facility followed by lunch.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 17 by calling Diane at 518-399-3899 or Maeve at 518-355-4843.

For more information go to or write Sarah at


Help Elect Pro-Life Candidates

Can you help volunteer the weekends of October 27-28 or November 3-4 proceeding the general election?  Call NYSRTL at 518-434-1293. 


Election Day

November 6, 2012

Pro-life candidates will be listed on our website and in our next newsletter as we approach the election!




Former New York Organ Donor Network staffer says organs regularly harvested from patients showing signs of life


The New York Post reported this week on a lawsuit charging that the New York Organ Donor Network regularly pressured medical staff to declare patients brain dead so their organs could be harvested for transplantation.  In the suit, filed on September 24, 50-year-old nurse practitioner and Air Force combat veteran Patrick McMahon charged that one in five patients declared brain dead still showed signs of brain activity.


The lawsuit includes several disturbing examples of patients whose organs were harvested despite signs of life.  One case involved a 19-year-old automobile accident victim who was still struggling to breathe and had signs of brain function, but was nonetheless declared brain dead and eligible for organ harvesting. 


In another case, a female drug overdose victim was given a paralyzing anesthetic before her organs were harvested because her body was still jerking.  McMahon pointed out in an interview with MailOnline that a paralyzer only serves to prevent movement: it does nothing for pain.


He described the job of Network “counseling” staff as that of a sales team.  In the same interview with MailOnline, McMahon said “'You're not there for grief counselling, you're there to get organs.  It’s all about sales.”


It is well-documented that standards for determining brain death vary widely from one hospital to the next, meaning a patient could be considered brain dead at one location but alive at another down the road.  Many have also criticized the concept of brain death and current organ transplantation protocol, charging that the dead donor rule is routinely violated.  An article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics earlier this year (LifeWorks report here) said of brain dead patients:

Although legally dead, these individuals maintain a wide range of vital functioning of the organism as a whole…these functions include circulation, respiration, digestion and metabolism, temperature control, fighting infections, wound healing and gestation of fetuses for up to 3 months in pregnant women.” (p.4, col.2, para. 4-5)


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Grateful Acknowledgments

In Memoriam
Rosemary D. Maute
for her generous bequest to NYSRTL Affiliate, ProLife of Western New York

Simone & Angel
by Teresa Demarco


Happy Birthday Barbara!

Thanks to Barbara Meara, NYSRTL Chairman, for turning her birthday into an opportunity for vulnerable children to have a birthday, too! Thanks to Patrick Meara and Bronx RTL for their support in honor of Barbara's birthday.

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