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Pro-Life Groups

Friday, January 21st, 2011





Last night, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) hosted a special order hour in remembrance of the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Twelve members of Congress participated, please click here to find a complete listing of the evening’s pro-life speeches.

Individuals clips of Member’s speeches are below:

Smith, Chris (NJ-04) Part 1;Part 2: Part 1: Rep. Smith discusses “Acceptable Bigotry”—Prejudice Against the Child in the Womb; Part 2: Rep. Smith discusses “Abortion is Violence Against Children”
Broun, Paul (GA-10): Rep. Broun discusses his bill, the Sanctity of Human Life Act and the moral responsibility to protect human life
Buerkle, Ann Marie (NY-25): Rep. Buerkle discusses the advancements in medical technology that enable a window into the womb & the dangers of telemed abortions
Huelskamp, Tim (KA-01): Rep. Huelskamp discusses alternatives to abortion—“We should look to adoption, not abortion”
Lamborn, Doug (CO-05): Rep. Lamborn discusses “The Missing Generation” and looking forward a society that respects all human life
Lankford, James (OK-05): Rep. Lankford discusses the “Right to Life is Self-Evident”
Pearce, Steve (NM-02): Rep. Pearce discusses being a “Voice for the Voiceless”
Roby, Martha (AL-02): Rep. Roby discusses reaffirming our beliefs and redirecting ourselves to the cause for life
Roe, Phil (TN-01): Rep. Roe discusses the humanity of the unborn child
Schilling, Bob (IL-17): Rep. Schilling discusses the importance of the cause for life
Schmidt, Jean (OH-02): Rep. Schmidt discusses the legacy of pro-life women who fought for the Right to Life
Stutzman, Marlin (IN-03): Rep. Stutzman discusses “life is fully human and infinitely valuable at the moment of fertilization”

Sincerely,

Allison R. Hines
Congressional Pro-life Caucus
2373 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-226-0064






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Planned Parenthood Stop Lying About My Uncle

Thursday, January 20th, 2011





Planned Parenthood, stop implying that my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would support abortion if he was alive today. Uncle Martin, were he alive today, would be on the side of the young, the weak, the infirmed and the poor in spirit.

The award you claim that he accepted was not accepted by him but by his wife, Coretta and the speech she read was not written by my uncle. We know that you only gave him the award in an attempt to reach the black community through their religious leaders as is verified by the words of your founder Margaret Sanger who said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated. We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” MLK & PPH (Part 1)(Part 2)

Planned Parenthood, stop your lies. Martin Luther King, Jr. was pro-life. My uncle’s dream has never been for sale and he did not sell out to you!

My uncle had very strong moral and family values as demonstrated by his own words when he said, “The Negro cannot win… if he is willing to sell the future of his children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety.” This clearly shows that he would not have supported abortion as this is the ultimate in “sell[ing] the future of his Children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety.”

Additionally, in a recent article by J. Michael Sharman – Editorial Columnist for the Star Exponent, he wrote regarding Uncle Martin’s 1957-58 monthly advice column that clearly demonstrates his family values. A link so some of my uncle’s letters clearly shows that he was a family values voice.






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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act Is Real Common Ground Says Fr. Pavone

Thursday, January 20th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 20, 2011

Contact: Daniel Matejek
718-980-4400, Ex. 250

Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director for Priests for Life, issued the following statement today on the introduction in Congress of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

“When polls show that 60 to more than 70 percent of the American public agree that the government should not pay for abortions, I think that qualifies as ‘common ground.’ The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act expresses the will of the people. It will save money, but more importantly, it will save lives.”

Fr. Pavone added, “Priests for Life will activate all its communications outlets and hundreds of thousands of supporters to lobby strongly for this legislation, and to challenge abortion advocates to explain why what they consider a matter of choice should be funded by force.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.






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March for Life, Walk for Life 2011

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011





January 2011 will hold many pro-life events from coast to coast. We hope to see you in person at some of them, particularly at the Prayer Service Fr. Frank will lead on the morning of the March for Life in Washington DC and at the Silent No More Awareness gatherings both at the March for Life and at the West Coast Walk for Life. Details are below. I am asking your assistance to spread the word about these gatherings so that we can make them larger than they have ever been!

Fr. Frank Pavone will be in San Francisco, CA on January 21-22 for the West Coast Walk for Life. On Friday, January 21, he will speak at an Interfaith Prayer service to be held from 8-9pm PT at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Georgette Forney, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will also participate in this event.

On Saturday, January 22 at the Walk for Life, Georgette Forney and Fr. Frank will March in front with the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. At 1:45PM PT the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will gather and give testimonies at Marina Green Park on Marina Boulevard.

Fr. Frank heads to Washington, DC that night on a red-eye flight. On Sunday, January 23, he will do a book signing from 3:30-5:30pm ET at the bookstore of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, along with my full-time associates Theresa and Kevin Burke of Rachel’s Vineyard.

Monday, January 24 is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Please start the day with us at the nation’s premier pro-life service on Capitol Hill from 8:00-10:15am, The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers. Fr. Frank will deliver the homily. We are confirming the exact location in one of our Federal buildings, and that detail will be on Priests for Life shortly. Please publicize this prayer service if you can and invite everyone you know to attend.

As soon as the Marchers reach the steps of the Supreme Court, please join me there for a gathering of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. There we support and listen to the men and women who have lost children to abortion and I will again address the crowd. We have already had over 65 post-abortive men and women sign up to participate.

Whether or not you can attend, please read and spread the testimonies found at Silent No More Awareness.






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Blacks Face Racial Challenge From Abortion

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011





by Steven Ertelt
Washington, DC

LifeNews.com
1/17/11 11:51 AM

As the nation pauses today to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., black Americans face a racial threat from a much different source than the ones King confronted: abortion.

The Guttmacher Institute recently released a new report on abortion statistics nationwide that confirms the abortion industry continues to target black Americans. Abortions on black women still occur at a much higher rate than the percentage of African-Americans in society as a whole.

The Census Bureau, as of 2009, indicates black Americans comprise 12.4 percent of the total population of the United States, but Guttmacher’s new numbers reveal approximately 30 percent of the abortions in the United States are done on black women.

Statewide statistic in places with a large share of African-Americans also shows the racial component of abortion.

In Georgia in 2006, 57.4 percent of abortions are performed on African-American women even though blacks comprise just 30 percent of the general population. In Texas, abortions on black women comprise nearly 25% of all state abortions even though they only constitute 12.7% of the female population (ages 15-44). Every other racial demographic shares a smaller percentage of statewide abortions than their respective percentage of total population.

Rachel Jones, a senior research associate at the pro-abortion group and former Planned Parenthood affiliate, admits the average group of women who get an abortion “are more likely to be women of color” and black women “are more likely to have an abortion” than white women.

Susan Cohen, also of Guttmacher, adds: “This much is true: In the United States, the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women. Black women are not alone in having disproportionately high unintended pregnancy and abortion rates. The abortion rate among Hispanic women, for example, although not as high as the rate among black women, is double the rate among whites.”

Looked at another way, in 2000, though black babies represented 17 percent of the live births in the United States, they accounted for 36 percent of the abortions. White babies accounted for 78 percent of the live births, according to CDC figures, but accounted for 57 percent of the abortions.

The numbers from Guttmacher (see right) are nothing new, as the percentage of abortions on black women has been consistently about twice the rate of live births.

John R. Lott, Jr. and Sonya D. Jones pointed out in 2008 that the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision allowing unlimited abortions resulted in the increase in abortions on black women compared with the pre-Roe era.

“The Centers for Disease Control recorded detailed information on the race of those having abortions from 1970 to 1981. It shows Roe’s impact on abortions by blacks in the years immediately before and after the decision. The Supreme Court’s decision had the biggest impact on blacks, raising their share of abortions from 21 to 30 percent, while their share of live births only increased from 12 to 15 percent,” they noted.

“Obviously, numerous factors may explain the changes over time in abortion rates for different racial groups. But even after accounting for other influences on the decision to have an abortion — such as per capita income, the size of welfare payments, unemployment rates and unemployment insurance payments, and the age and gender distribution of the population — white women’s share of abortions still fell by almost 7 percent after Roe,” they added.

Leading pro-life figures in the black community cite these racial disparities in the abortion numbers as one of the main reasons for combating abortion itself. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is among the pro-life advocates who bemoan the racial component of the abortion industry.

“Every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than have been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history,” she says.

King points out that, were he alive today, her uncle would have been a strong abortion opponent and she points to advice columns written by her uncle for Ebony magazine in 1957-58 that reveal a man who would be regarded today as a clear social conservative.

“In advising men and women on questions of personal behavior 50 years ago, Uncle Martin sounded no different than a conservative Christian preacher does now,” King told LifeNews.com late last week. “He was pro-life, pro-abstinence before marriage, and based his views on the unchanging Word of the Bible. Today, Planned Parenthood would condemn Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the ‘religious right.’”

In advice columns written for the African American-oriented magazine, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told a young man who had impregnated his girlfriend and refused to marry her, resulting in a “crime,” that he had made a “mistake.” He urged another reader to abstain from premarital sex, noting that such activity was contributing “to the present breakdown of the family.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace, justice, and most of all a man of God,” added Alveda King. “Were he alive today, he would be working to secure peace and justice for those in the womb and healing for a nation that is still pained by over 53 million missing lives.”

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, attributes the racial disparity on abortion to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business which has purposefully built new abortion centers in minority communities in places like Houston, Portland, and Chicago.

“Planned Parenthood has preyed on minorities since its founder advocated negative eugenics! If Congress truly wants across-the-board reductions in abortion, our leaders will have to stop funding its biggest provider,” said Perkins.

But pro-life advocates aren’t content to see abortion continue to destroy the African-American community and they are doing something about it with multiple billboard campaigns letting people know about the figures. That includes a new campaign in Los Angeles, California featuring billboards going up all over town. In conjunction with Walter Hoye, a pro-life African-American pastor, the Radiance Foundation is launching the new campaign.

“Billboards will be up through Black History Month and are an attempt to raise awareness of abortion’s devastating and disproportionate impact in the black community,” Ryan Bomberger told LifeNews.com last week.

Hoye says he’s excited about the billboard campaign as he has been trying to raise nationwide awareness of the way in which abortions target black children.

“The impact of abortion in the African-American community is the Darfur of America,” Hoye declares, citing the 53 million aborted since 1973, 18 million of which are African-American.

Dr. La Verne Tolbert, a former Planned Parenthood board member, says black children are targeted through the schools for abortions in California.

“In California, children are targeted for abortions through school-based clinics and school-linked clinics, which are family planning clinics on or near school grounds. Girls are taken off campus to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where abortions are performed without parental consent or notification,” she said.

For more information regarding abortion and what you can do to help bring an end to the greatest evil of our day, please visit Priests for Life. Now is the time to get involved.






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Alveda King – Uncle Martin, the Social Conservative

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 14, 2011

Contact: Daniel Matejek
718-980-4400, Ex. 250

Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, full-time Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said today that advice columns written by her uncle for Ebony magazine in 1957-58 reveal a man who today would be regarded as a social conservative.

“In advising men and women on questions of personal behavior 50 years ago, Uncle Martin sounded no different than a conservative Christian preacher does now,” said Dr. King. “He was pro-life, pro-abstinence before marriage, and based his views on the unchanging Word of the Bible. Today, Planned Parenthood would condemn Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the ‘religious right.’”

In advice columns written for the African American-oriented magazine, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told a young man who had impregnated his girlfriend and refused to marry her, resulting in a “crime,” that he had made a “mistake.” He urged another reader to abstain from premarital sex, noting that such activity was contributing “to the present breakdown of the family.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace, justice, and most of all a man of God,” added Dr. King. “Were he alive today, he would be working to secure peace and justice for those in the womb and healing for a nation that is still pained by over 50 million missing lives.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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L.A. Billboards Focus on Black Babies Killed in Abortion

Friday, January 14th, 2011





by Steven Ertelt
Los Angeles, CA
LifeNews.com
1/11/11 7:31 PM

The City of Angeles will be getting the message that a large number of black angels — unborn children — are killed there every year — more so than babies of other races.

This week, the Radiance Foundation is launching its “Endangered Species” billboard campaign in Los Angeles, California, after having experienced significant success and getting massive media attention with campaigns in other states.

In conjunction with Walter Hoye, a pro-life African-American pastor who was jailed in Oakland for violating a new law passed there to target him for presenting abortion alternatives outside abortion centers, the group has purchased 70 billboards across the town with the message that too many black children are killed in abortions.

“Billboards will be up through Black History Month and are an attempt to raise awareness of abortion’s devastating and disproportionate impact in the black community,” Ryan Bomberger told LifeNews.com Tuesday afternoon.

Bomberger says California has a state law, SB1301 known as the Reproductive Privacy Act, which makes abortion reporting unreliable, so it’s difficult to tell the racial makeup of the abortions that take place in the Golden State.

“Even its own statisticians insist the numbers are under-reported and unenforced,” Bomberger says. “We have only Guttmacher’s stats on California, revealing 208,430 abortions in 2005 with over 90,000 fully paid by taxpayers under the state’s Medi-Cal program.”

With such a high number of abortions relative to the nationwide total of just over 1.2 million, California is clearly the abortion capital of the United States, with more than 424 facilities that do abortions.

According to the CDC, the black abortion rate is three times that of white women and twice the rate of all other races combined.

Bomberger, who was, as a child, transracially adopted into a multi-racial family of 15 people and who is now an adoptive father, told LifeNews.com: “Taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood aborted 324,008 innocent lives and only made 2,405 adoption referrals according to their own latest Annual Report; that’s 135 children killed for every 1 adoption referral.”

Hoye says he’s excited about the billboard campaign as he has been trying to raise nationwide awareness of the way in which abortions target black children.

“The impact of abortion in the African-American community is the Darfur of America,” Hoye declares, citing the 53 million aborted since 1973, 18 million of which are African-American.

Dr. La Verne Tolbert, a former Planned Parenthood board member, says black children are targeted through the schools for abortions in California.

“In California, children are targeted for abortions through school-based clinics and school-linked clinics, which are family planning clinics on or near school grounds. Girls are taken off campus to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where abortions are performed without parental consent or notification,” she said.

Previous billboard campaigns have taken place in Atlanta, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Texas, and Arkansas.

In Georgia in 2006, 57.4 percent of abortions in Georgia are performed on African-American women even though blacks comprise just 30 percent of the general population.

In Texas, abortions on black women comprise nearly 25% of all state abortions even though they only constitute 12.7% of the female population (ages 15-44). Every other racial demographic shares a smaller percentage of statewide abortions than their respective percentage of total population.






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MLK on parenting, premarital sex, homosexuality, abortion

Thursday, January 13th, 2011





By J. Michael Sharman – Editorial Columnist
Published: January 11, 2011

When we think of Martin Luther King, we tend to think of the powerful preacher delivering the “I Have a Dream” speech that changed a nation. But rarely do we remember him as a gentle minister, offering pastoral advice to hurting individuals.

Here are some excerpts from the 1957-58 monthly advice column Dr. King wrote for Ebony magazine:

Question: I was in a home the other day where a 3-year-old child read the riot act to his mother. The mother took it with a sheepish smile. This, I am told, is permissiveness. It seems to me that what modern children need is a large dose of parental permissiveness applied to their backsides. Do you agree?

MLK: It is quite true that many modern parents go too far in allowing their children to express themselves with hardly a modicum of discipline. … This almost “lunatic fringe” of modern child care has been responsible for most strange and fantastic methods of child rearing in many American homes. … The child must realize that there are rules of the game which he did not make and that he cannot break with impunity.

Question: I was raised in a Christian environment. My father placed great stress on premarital virginity. I am 29. Of late, I have begun to doubt the validity of his teaching. … Is he right?

MLK: I think you should hold firm to the principle of premarital virginity. The problems created by premarital sex relationships are far greater than the problems created by premarital virginity. The suspicion, fears, and guilt feelings generated by premarital sex relations are contributing factors to the present breakdown of the family. Real men still respect purity and virginity within women. If a man breaks a relationship with you because you would not allow him to participate in the sexual act, you can be assured that he did not love you from the beginning.

Question: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?

MLK: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. … You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.

Question: About two years ago, I was going with a young lady who became pregnant. I refused to marry her. As a result, I was directly responsible for a crime. It was not until a month later that I realized the awful thing I had done. I begged her to forgive me, to come back, but she has not answered my letters. The thing stays on my mind. What can I do? I have prayed for forgiveness.

MLK: You have made a mistake. … One can never rectify a mistake until he admits that a mistake has been made. Now that you have prayed for forgiveness and acknowledged your mistake, you must turn your vision to the future. … Now that you have repented, don’t concentrate on what you failed to do in the past, but what you are determined to do in the future.

Sharman’s column runs every Tuesday. He practices law in Culpeper.






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Fr. Frank Keynote Speaker at Charlotte March for Life

Thursday, January 13th, 2011





Priests for Life

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Daniel Matejek
888-735-3448, ext. 251

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s March for Life in Charlotte.

“The commitment of the Charlotte community to end abortion should serve as an example to the rest of the country,” said Father Pavone, who also will take part in this year’s Walk for Life in San Francisco on Jan. 22 and the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24.

“In Charlotte, we will march despite the fact that some people tell us it’s none of our business. We will march because we know what our business is. Ours is the business of love. Ours is the business of justice. We can’t turn in the other direction and pretend that protecting the unborn is none of our business.”

The March will be preceded by a mass at 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church. The March itself will begin at noon at the corner of West Palmer and Church streets. For information, go to www.marchforlifecharlotte.org .

Since he took over as national director in 1993, Father Pavone has transformed Priests for Life into an internationally recognized organization that fights for the rights of unborn children, and of their mothers and fathers, and has become a family of ministries serving the Church worldwide. Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church working to end abortion and euthanasia.

Priests for Life empowers priests, seminarians, deacons and lay leaders to become more effective champions of life. Priests for Life also operates the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion –Rachel’s’ Vineyard. In partnership with Anglicans for Life, Priests for Life also coordinates the worldwide Silent No More Awareness Campaign, whereby those who have been healed give public witness about how abortion hurt them.

Through its African-American Outreach and this year’s Freedom Rides for the Unborn, Priests for Life has helped light a fire in a community that is being decimated by abortion. Its Hispanic outreach is making dramatic inroads into the Latin American communities both in the United States and abroad. Priests for Life has a presence, and a voice, at the United Nations and throughout the world. Its newest satellite is in Vienna, Austria.

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Abortion will end where it began… in NYC – Dr. Alveda King: Dr. King pulls back the curtains and a downtrodden people stand in the light of Gods healing love and mercy!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011





Dear Friends !

Chris Slattery stood in the doorway between our past and our present and he opened the door to our future in our pro life movement.

Rev. Arnold Culbreath’s comment about the 3rd Wave of the pro life movement being composed of black and hispanic sidewalk counselor;
Fr. Richard Gill describing being on Bleecker St, in the village where 80% of the people there for abortion were black and hispanic and 100% of the deathscorts were white. He noted of the 4.3 million babied killed in NYC, 3.5 million were black and hispanic. He said, “Why is it PPFA targets black and hispanic… 100 years after the civil war ended.
Then he said, if we wanted an economic stimulus package, half the kids killed by abortion could be earning a living and paying taxes….

From Pastor Michael Faulkner from the New Horizon Church in Harlem, who set a our spiritual gears in motion in his opening prayers to Pastor Bill Devlin’s spontaneous response to prayer in praying for the elevation of Bishop Roderick Caesar. Sr Pastor of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, to provide leadership for the organization and implementation of the 3rd Wave’s arrival as pro life activists on the streets, our Lord provided us great insight into God’s mighty grace being shed upon a down trodden people.

This sweet land of liberty is singing, Ray, from every mountainside, and, Ray, we heard and we saw and we embraced these vessels of God’s love and mercy.

For, Dr. Alveda King declarations “Human Life is a Civil Right” and “Abortion is a Civil Wrong” and “Abortion will end where it began…. in NYC” and her transcendent presence revealing God’s love and faith for a downtrodden people moved us and provide the spark of Christ’s own love deep in hearts of New Yorkers.

Holy God, Immortal God, Mighty God, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Ray, we see each other in the movement in the years ahead. God’s mighty grace has been shined upon a downtrodden people and they have been raised up to sing of His glory and write a new chapter in our salvation story!

Video of press conference regarding New York City abortion statistics.






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