American Life League Will Lead Protest
At Seton Hall Law School Event Honoring Pro-Abortion Judge


Contact: Joseph R. Giganti of American Life League, 703-928-9695 or jgiganti@all.org

News Advisory:

-- Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark Urged to Stand Against Culture of Death Event, Bar Celebration From Catholic Campus

American Life League's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church will lead a protest at Seton Hall School of Law this Friday, April 16. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor -- who has made a career of voting on the pro-abortion side in various decisions -- is presenting the annual "Sandra Day O'Connor Medal of Honor" to Judge Maryanne Trump Barry of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge Barry is the author of a recent opinion striking down New Jersey abortion regulations.

"It is unconscionable for leaders of a Catholic institution to allow an event to take place on their campus honoring a judge who has demonstrated a total disrespect for the sanctity and dignity of human life," said Joseph M. Starrs, director of the Crusade. "Archbishop John J. Myers has the means and the duty to put an end to this scandal by barring this event from the campus. We urge him to do so."

Starrs observed, "Church shepherds must remember what Pope John Paul II said: 'It falls to (bishops) ... both to grant the title "Catholic" to Church-related schools, universities, healthcare facilities and counseling services, and, in cases of a serious failure to live up to that title, to take it away'" (emphasis added).

WHO: ALL's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church

WHAT: Protest of Sandra Day O'Connor Medal of Honor

WHERE: Seton Hall Law School, One Newark Center, Newark, N.J.

WHEN: Friday April 16, 2004, 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST


American Life League is the nation's largest pro-life educational organization with more than 300,000 supporting families.