The March for Life takes place in Washington on Friday January 20. Joining the massive gathering again this year is one of Irish-America’s busiest pro-life activitists, Chris Slattery. He speaks with John Aidan Byrne
The Annual March for Life will gather in Washington DC this Friday, January 20, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision last year to overturn Roe v Wade, the nearly 50-year-old case which established the constitutional right to an abortion across the US. Now the case for legalized abortion in America is left up to each state to decide. The overturning of Roe v Wade, following the Dobbs case, is welcomed by the pro-life movement in America since it strengthens their case nationwide on many practical and legal grounds. Still, states such as New York have hit back with some of the most far-reaching and extreme pro-abortion laws in the nation’s history.
At the forefront of the pro-life movement leadership in New York and the US, is Irish-American, Chris Slattery, who explains in this interview the shocking reality of legalized abortion in New York today. On January 23, at the DC Capitol Visitors Center, the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) will present its annual Pro-Life Recognition Award to Slattery, founder of EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, and to Karolyn Schrage, executive director of Life Choices in Joplin, Mo.
Chris is today battling cancer. A native of New York, Chris Slattery followed his dream to support pregnant women and girls in a crisis with practical alternatives to abortion, launching EMC (Expectant Mother Care) FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in mid-town Manhattan in 1985. EMC, led by Chris, was NYC’s first crisis pregnancy center. Chris pioneered the use of onsite ultrasound and pre-natal care in a crisis center in the mid-80s, and introduced 3D and 4D ultrasound in lifesaving work when the technology was first available. He also introduced mobile ultrasounds alongside sidewalk counseling teams in major cities, at abortion clinics.
EMC has offered over 100,000 pregnant women in crisis – free pregnancy testing, on-site ultrasounds, pro-life counseling, onsite subsidized pre-natal care, STD testing, and on-site adoption arrangements, referrals for housing and legal aid, and material assistance. Chris is married to Eileen Tierney, and they have four children. Chris launched the first Mobile Ultrasound Clinic, in a major US city, on the streets of the Bronx, and Jackson Heights, Queens.
EMC launched “Operation FrontLine” in late February 2007, and has drawn national, and local media attention to this innovation, such as a November ’07 profile on the CBN-700 Club, and EMC has been featured on ABC Nightline. Chris was the confirmation sponsor for Dr. Bernard Nathanson, and was awarded the Champion for Life award by John Cardinal O’Connor.