Bishop Austin Vaughan
Bishop Austin Vaughan

September 27, 1927[1] – June 25, 2000[2]

Bishop Austin Vaughan is remembered for many reasons, but his steadfast devotion to life and “whatever God sends” stands out in his life as a servant of God.  He inspired pro-life activists by his fearless leadership on the front lines of the pro-life movement, sacrificing his own freedom to defend the unborn.  Bishop Vaughan was arrested at least eight times while standing as a pro-life witness at abortion clinics, and he served up to 10 days in jail for his actions.  Additionally, Bishop Vaughan called out Governor Cuomo for his pro-abortion actions, pointing out that Cuomo was endangering his soul and that “Cuomo can’t adhere to Catholic teaching and support abortion, too.”[3]