Magazine article The Human Life Review

A Hero among Heroes

Magazine article The Human Life Review

A Hero among Heroes

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Last night, the media and the political world were all focused on the Al Smith Dinner, where Cardinal Dolan hosted the two presidential candidates and many of the leading public officials and political figures from New York and across the nation.

I'm sure it was a wonderful event, full of the best professionally-written jokes. But they were all looking at the wrong dinner.

I had the good fortune of being at the right one - the annual Great Defender of Life Dinner, hosted by the invaluable Human Life Review. Every year, this event gathers pro-lifers from New York and around the nation, to offer an evening of fellowship and mutual support. It gives us a chance to see the real face of the prolife movement - not the blinkered media stereotype, but the wonderful, dedicated people who are committed to protecting and preserving human life at all stages. It is a celebration of their love for each other, love for God, and love for the precious gift of life. So many quiet, ordinary people - so many heroes for life, building a true civilization of love in their everyday lives.

Every year, there is an award for a Great Defender of Life, and this year there were two recipients. The first was Advocates for Life, an organization of young pro-life attorneys and law students who are dedicated to resisting the culture of death that is so deeply entrenched in the law and in the legal community. It is very uplifting to see so many of my fellow attorneys who have enlisted in this great cause.

The second honorée has a special significance for me - former Senator and federal judge James Buckley. For those of us who came of political age in the Seventies, Mr. Buckley was a major formative figure. A man of deep moral fibre, he was a model to us that it was possible to be a man of principle in the world of politics. On so many of the crucial issues of the day, he gave witness to the importance of high moral standards, and a commitment to the common good of all. …

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