The New York State Right to Life Party
was founded to oppose the legalization of abortion
in New York
in 1970. The party first made the state ballot in the 1978 gubernatorial election
, where its candidate Mary Jane Tobin won 130,000 votes. Its share of the vote subsequently declined, although it maintained official ballot status
until 2002, when it fell short of the 50,000 votes required to remain on the ballot. In 2006, the party endorsed Reverend Jennifer Liese
for Governor. Liese's signatures were disputed by a Republican staffer, Rachel L. Bledi. As of November 2006 there were 40,278 members statewide.
Its initial goal was not met; abortion was legalized in New York in 1971, and the United States Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade effectively legalized abortion in 1973.
- 1978: Mary Jane Tobin & Ellen McCormack
- 1982: Robert Bohner & Paul Callahan
- 1986: Denis Dillon & Thomas Droleskey
- 1990: Louis Wein & Gertrude Manning
- 1994: Robert T. "Bob" Walsh & Virginia Sutton
- 1998: Michael J. "Mike" Reynolds & Karen Prior
- 2002: Gerard J. "Gerry" Cronin & Stasia T. Vogel
- 2006: Rev. Jennifer S. Liese & Wendy Holibaugh