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Hope Is Where Our Heart Is
Champlain Valley Right to Life wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single act of love can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy, education and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good towards every person, born and unborn.
WHO WE ARE
Part of Our History
Excerpt from an article published in thePress Republican, May 23, 2011
For 40 years, Champlain Valley Right to Life has carried on its campaign to end abortion.
"It's a group of very, very committed women and men who are in love with God and with life and who really give witness to the dignity and value of absolutely every human person from the moment of conception to natural death," said the Most Rev. Terry LaValley, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, at a dinner marking Right to Life's milestone.
The organization, which serves Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties, celebrated with a Mass first at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh on May 25.
Between 80 and 90 people attended the celebratory dinner.
Champlain Valley Right to Life was formed in 1971 by Dr. John Middleton and his wife, Claire, in an effort to promote the pro-life movement through education, activism and prayer.
Ed Golden, former president of both the New York state and national Right to Life organizations, also attended the event and credited the longevity of the organization, at least in part, to the many individuals who have donated their time and support to the cause.
"We have an organization dependent upon volunteers," he said. "You've got to have that ability to work from the bottom all the way to the top."
Despite the group's efforts, abortion has remained legal in the United States. In 1973, a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated state laws that made abortion illegal during the first trimester of pregnancy and also those during the second trimester except when the health of the mother was considered at risk.
Golden said while it's disappointing that abortion remains legal, he is satisfied knowing how dedicated the organization is to continuing the effort.
"We're disappointed in many aspects, but on the other hand, when you see groups like this, who have been around for 40 years, and we've got enough stamina to go another 40 if necessary, or 140," he said. "They'll keep it up, there's no question about it."
Wanda Gaffney, chairmen pro tem of Champlain Valley Right to Life, said she is encouraged that the movement to end abortion is continuing to gain support.
"I think that the whole mood of the country is becoming more pro-life, and it's still a political issue with the Republican Party, which I think that the pro-choice people are surprised is still alive," she said.
Nancy Monette, a former chairman of Champlain Valley Right to Life, said she sees many college and high-school-age individuals becoming active in the anti-abortion cause, as well as many smaller organizations with the same aim popping up around the country.
The youth, she said, are "one of the brightest spots on the horizon" for the pro-life movement.
Up until now, the organization had mainly focused on education, according to Monette. While she believes education is at the foundation of the pro-life movement, she hopes to see more political activism from pro-life groups.
Dr. Middleton said at the celebration that he had no idea when he and his wife formed the group that it would still be active 40 years later.
He is most proud of how the organization has saved lives. Every week, a group of Right to Life members prays outside Planned Parenthood in Plattsburgh, holding signs and hoping women arriving there to have abortions will be swayed otherwise. The group also leads other efforts, including the annual March for Life in Plattsburgh each January near the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
"What's really heartwarming," Dr. Middleton said, "is when people come up and say, 'I want to show you this baby that you convinced us not to abort.'"
Champlain Valley Right to Life knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. For over 40 years, our Non-Profit Organization realized that by working together we could better address “Life” challenges more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Champlain Valley Right to Life. We are an affiliate of New York State Right to Life.
We are located in the North Country of NY
“Our purpose is to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of others.”
2 Corinthians 8:21
EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS & MOVIES
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Educating the public on ‘LIFE’ issues, whether at the local, state or federal level or meeting someone where they are is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us at the bottom of the page and tell us how you would like to get involved.
GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS 10AM ON THE SIDEWALK AT 66 BRINKERHOFF STREET
“Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” service are held outside abortion facilities nationwide. At this moving event, pro-lifers nationwide will contemplate the suffering of Jesus Christ at our own modern day Golgotha, the abortion clinic.
VISIT US AT LOCAL COUNTY FAIRS!
One of our biggest educational outreach happens during the week of our county fair. Volunteers are ready to provide educational materials, and friendly conversation to families and fair visitors of all ages. Join our team or stop by to visit us at the fair!
NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
The first National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was held in September 2013 on the 25th anniversay of the solemn burial of the earthly remains of some 1,500 abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over 100 memorial services were held across the United States, and it was clear this should become an annual event.
For more information:http://abortionmemorials.com/
“Dear Children, We will never forget you.”
LIFE CHAIN FIRST SUNDAY OF OCTOBER 2:30PM-3:30PM
Join us and thousands of others across the nation stand for life in peaceful, prayerful solidarity https://www.lifechain.org/
PEACE IN THE WOMB CHRISTMAS CAROLING
One of our most beloved activities of the year, the Pro-Life Action League’s “Peace in the Womb” Caroling Day brings the Christmas message of peace and joy to the darkness of the abortion clinic.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER CAMPAIGN TO END THE INJUSTICE OF ABORTION
40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 365-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Join with pro-lifers in prayer across our nation and worldwide as we pray for the end of abortion in your local community.
For more information:
The following links will take you outside of this websites to expand your knowledge on current local and national issues that support respect for life.
PREGNANCY ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
Ascent Care Pregnancy Services
Plattsburgh Pregnancy Center
They have time for YOU!
Abortion Pill Reversal
POST ABORTION HEALING
Silent No More Awareness
GET INVOLVED IN THE LIFE MOVEMENT
National Right toLife
New York Right to Life
Feminists Choosing Life of New York
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms
Frederick Douglas Foundation of New York
Americans United for Life
My Faith Votes
CONTACT CHAMPLAIN VALLEY RIGHT TO LIFE
Get in touch with Champlain Valley Right to Life to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. Our volunteers make our work happen! Be a part of our team today!
Donations are greatly appreciated, sorry not tax deductible. Send your check to:Champlain Valley Right to Life PO Box 536 Willsboro, NY 12996