Feb – 2013, Newsletter


Connecticut Right to Life Corporation

Quarterly Newsletter

Februay/March 2013


Saturday, April 20, 2013 – Courtyard  by Marriott, Cromwell
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Awards-Luncheon Buffet at 1 PM


 Featured Speakers:

Paul Rondeau, Executive Director, American Life League (ALL)

Former St. Rep. Nancy Elliot of New Hampshire

   Michael Culhane, Executive Director, Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference


In addition, there will be a workshop featuring a panel of representatives from several of Connecticut’s Pregnancy Care Centers (PCCs), vendor tables, awards, and more! Be there!


Paul E. Rondeau is executive director of ALL. He has led coalitions in support of the successful confirmation of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court; pro-life Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts for 14 U.S. Senate races; and constitutional amendments at state and federal levels.

Mr. Rondeau was co-author of “Global Sex Deviance Advocacy: The Trojan Horse to Destroy the Family” and “Civil Society: A Report on UNESCO and International Planned Parenthood Federation,” published in the Ave Maria International Law Journal.

He has addressed audiences on three continents and made many appearances on broadcast, print, and new media addressing pro-life/pro-family topics.

Former St. Rep. Nancy Elliot was a New Hampshire state legislator from the Hillsborough District 19 from 2004 to 2010. She was an outspoken defender of traditional marriage and one of the leaders in the fight against assisted suicide in the New Hampshire legislature.

Michael Culhane, as Executive Director of the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference, represents the Catholic bishops of Connecticut to Congress and to the Connecticut General Assembly. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Malta House of Care – Waterbury, Inc.  He will provide his perspective on current public policies in Washington, D.C. and in Hartford and will give an update on pending legislative issues.


$45 before April 1st/$50 after April 1st

Married couples: $80 before April 1st/$90 after April 1st

Students: $20

Vendor tables: no charge 
with purchase of one convention admission

For reservations: call Janet Sayles – 203-878-4097



Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) – Two bills,Assisted Suicide (S.B. 48) introduced by Sen. Ed Meyer (D-12 – North Branford)and Death with Dignity (HB 6217) introduced by Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield (D-94 – Hamden/New Haven) would change Connecticut law to allow physician assisted suicide. Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24 – Danbury) introduced Penalty for Assisted Suicide (SB 229) to make PAS a Class A felony. Each of these bills has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.

A fourth bill, with no number yet, to legalize PAS, is being drafted by the Public Health Committee and is expected to be called for a public hearing any day now, possibly March 20 Please plan to attend and if possible testify in opposition to assisted suicide.  The date, directions and instructions will be posted on the Events Page on this site as soon as we receive it. 

Assisted suicide is when a person provides the means and/or information for another person to commit suicide. When a physician is involved, it is physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Allowing PAS would:

  • Devalue life and reduce opposition to suicide. In Oregon, since PAS became legal, suicide rates have risen.  Connecticut in 2008 and 2009 already had the second highest rate of suicide attempts in the nation among people 18 and older, the rate has been rising for the last five years, and is at a 20 year high. We should value life and seek ways to prevent suicide, not encourage it
  • Physicians should “Do no harm.” How can patients trust their physicians if the physicians sometimes prescribe death as health care? One Oregon woman asked for authorization for medical treatment. Instead, she received a kit with instructions for PAS. Suicide is not health care
  • Oregon’s experience indicates people do not seek PAS because of pain. Pain can be relieved. Many people seeking PAS are depressed. Depression can be and should be treated. Yet, in Oregon, from 2009 to 2012, of the 272 patients that were helped to commit suicide, only  4 were referred for psychological or psychiatric help.
  • PAS could lead to elder abuse by an heir or someone else who would benefit from the patient’s death. People with disabilities would be threatened by judgments on their “quality of life.”
  • Legalizing PAS would imply that it is ok to kill yourself, leading to others pressuring patients to die, then implying you have a duty to die, and finally, as in the Netherlands, killing patients against their will by euthanasia

Parental NotificationTwo bills, HB 5245 introduced by St. Rep. Al Adinolfi (R-103 – Cheshire) and HB 5296 introduced by St. Rep. Rob Sampson (R-80 – Wolcott)andco-sponsored by Adinolfi, would require abortion clinics to notify the parents of minor girls when their minor daughter presents herself for an abortion.  Both bills have been referred to the Public Health Committee.


Contact Public Health Committee members to support Sen. McLachlan’s bill SB 229 against PAS, support Sampson’s and Adinolfi’s parental notification bills HB 5245 and HB 5296, and oppose any bill that would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide.  Go to:    




The Spring 2013 40 Days for LifeCampaign began outside of Summit Women’s Center in Bridgeport on February 13 and will continue daily until March 24. See www.40daysforlife.com. CRLC’s day is Wednesday, March 20th from 10 AM – 6PM. Volunteers willing to be there for one of these hours should contact Jim Torlai at 203-841-7549 or jtorlai@yahoo.com



On January 20th , to mark the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade abortion decision, about 40 pro-lifers marched in Waterbury for the first annual March for Life in that city. On January 19th over 250 pro-lifers attended a special Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford and heard pro-life speakers afterwards. On January 25, 2013an estimated 250,000 – 500,000+ pro-lifers marched in Washington, D.C. At least fourteen bus loads from Connecticut made the trip, including six sponsored by CRLC.




–  9, Gospel of Life Society Monthly Meeting,  10:00 – 12:00 noon, Our Speaker:  Maureen Ciardiello, Dir, Respect Life, Diocese of Bridgeport, will discuss Diocese level issues and directions + the Catholic/Christian responsibility to be politically involved:  We are our brother’s keeper/helper/defender. 10:00 – 12:00 noon, following the Pro-Life Mass at 9:00 AM.  All are Welcome! Agenda each month includes a pro-life speaker & discussion.  Coffee/tea/lite refreshment. For Information, contact Eileen, 203 847-5727

13 to 24 – “40 Days for Life” – Bridgeport Wednesday, March 20 – CRLC Day at 40 Days for Life 10 AM – 6 PM.  For the Bridgeport area, we need 3-5 people to pray, 3-4 PM, outside the Summit Abortion Clinic, 3787 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06660.  Call Eileen to signup ASAP 203 847-5727  

April 13

– 13, Gospel of Life Society Monthly Meeting,  Sat. 10:00 – 12:00 noon, Our Speaker:  Leticia Velasquez, Founder of KIDS (Keep Infants with Down Syndrome) and author of “A Special Mother is Born”.  Leticia will tell us about the fight to help children with down syndrome & special needs. 10:00 – 12:00 noon, following the Pro-Life Mass at 9:00 AM.  All are Welcome! Agenda each month includes a pro-life speaker & discussion.  Coffee/tea/lite refreshment. For Information, contact Eileen Bianchini, Chair, 203 847-5727

14 – Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center – Fundraising Dinner – Amber Room, Danbury, 6:30 PM – Shawn Carney – Co-founder – 40 Days for Life

15 – Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center – Fundraising Dinner –Trumbull Marriott, 6:30 PM – Shawn Carney – Co-founder – 40 Days for Life

20 – CRLC Convention – Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

23 – Mass of Remembrance, St. Ann’s Church, Bristol – in memory of children stillborn, miscarried or aborted


9 – ABC Women’s Center – Annual Banquet, Crowne Plaza, Cromwell

19 – St. Gerard’s Center for Life, Mothers’ Day Banquet/Holy Hour, Holy Apostles Seminary