WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – From Brooklyn to the Bronx and beyond, Chris Slattery is being recognized for his tremendous impact on the pro-life movement after his diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer.
“He is an amazing man, who has followed the Lord and followed this calling to be a voice for the voiceless,” said Bryan Kemper, founder of the pro-life group Stand True. “The work he has done in New York City with the pregnancy help centers is absolutely invaluable. It’s so amazing.”
“Chris Slattery is a New Yorker’s New Yorker,” said Larry Cirignano of Choose Life License Plates.
“But with a smile.”
Slattery is the founder of Expectant Mother Care, a network of New York City-based pregnancy centers that provides only pro-life alternatives to abortion. Over the past three decades, the network has saved an estimated 43,000 children from abortion. Slattery has also been responsible for training hundreds, if not thousands, of sidewalk counselors from around the country to successfully sway mothers from choosing abortion.
According to Lauren Handy, a member of the group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), Slattery’s contributions to the pro-life movement have meant “literally everything.”
“I would argue that he was one of the first to institutionalize the concept of a sidewalk counseling ministry,” she said. “The amount of babies he has saved or the people he has trained … I wouldn’t be a sidewalk counselor without his influence, without his guidance. It is amazing to be able to call him a friend.”
LifeSiteNews’ Jim Hale caught up with Slattery at the April 8 “Justice for the Five” protest in Washington, D.C., outside the city’s medical examiner’s office, where he joined Lauren Handy, Terrisa Bukovinac, and others. The rally was held to demand autopsies and a proper burial for the full-term or near full-term aborted babies allegedly discovered on March 25 outside the Washington, D.C., Surgi-Clinic abortion facility.
“Images of late-term murdered children are what actually got me motivated to dedicate my life to this cause,” said Slattery.
“To see again, so viscerally, these late-term aborted babies that were brought here to this building [by] pro-lifers that came out of a late-term abortion clinic in D.C.—it is a special moment that we have to remember that these children are being murdered past viability across our country, legally, and what a disgrace, here in the nation’s capital.”
Slattery has had numerous legal fights over the years with New York attorney generals and city officials trying to shut down his operations.
Despite these continued battles and his recent cancer diagnosis, Slattery remains optimistic with respect to his health and pro-life outlook, and provided LifeSiteNews with the secret of his success and good cheer: “Knowing that God is on my side, that’s my strength.”