for the

2018 Great Defender of Life Dinner

From the Iona Institute

Kathryn Jean Lopez


October 4, 2018

New York City’s Union League Club


Edward Mechmann is an attorney with the Archdiocese of New York, where he works on public policy education and advocacy. He is  the Director of Public Policy, and has worked for many years with the Family Life/Respect Life Office. He is also the Director of the Safe Environment Office at the Archdiocese, where he oversees their child protection programs.





David Quinn is Ireland’s best known commentator on religious and social affairs. He has been writing a national newspaper column since 1994. He wrote for The Irish Independent (Ireland’s biggest selling daily paper) for 12 years. Currently his column appears in The Sunday Times (Ireland edition). He also writes a weekly column for The Irish Catholic, Ireland’s biggest-selling Catholic paper. He was editor of The Irish Catholic from 1996 until 2003. He frequently appears on radio and television programs and also contributes to numerous magazines overseas, including Human Life Review and First Things.
He has been a leading pro-life voice in Ireland for more than two decades.
David is also founder and Director of The Iona Institute which promotes the right to life, marriage and the family, and the place of religion in society.




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