Archive for January, 2012

A Pro-Lifer’s Prayer

Friday, January 27th, 2012





O Most Holy and Blessed Trinity,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

come, dwell in my heart

and in the innermost recesses

of my soul.

May the Light of Your Life

shine through me,

to build a Culture of Life

in the world.

Amen.






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The American Dream Is Deeply Rooted in the Natural Family

Thursday, January 26th, 2012





This is an op-ed that I did for the Philadelphia Inquirer which they chose not to publish.

In your recent front page article on Robert Patterson and the journal he edits, The Family in America, you missed a wonderful opportunity to reveal principles of sorely longed-for restoration to your readers. A research-based journal, The Family in America upholds the basic family values that my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and indeed all of my family have upheld throughout the ages.

As part of the King Family Legacy, I can assure you that the married-parent, natural family is a necessary component to achieve the American dream for African-Americans and for all of God’s people. I know firsthand the importance of a strong family in overcoming difficulties; as a child I was jailed, my house was bombed, and my daddy and uncle were killed in the Civil Rights Movement of this great nation. If it had not been for the safety and security provided by my father and mother, we, their children, would have been severely if not irreparably traumatized.

Just this week, The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society (the organization that publishes The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy) hosted me in Rockford, Ill., to celebrate my Uncle Martin’s life and to speak at a number of events to promote life, the natural family and civil rights. At the Booker Washington Center in Rockford, I also spoke about my Grandfather (MLK’s father), Daddy King, who always taught our family to have faith in God, and to value life, liberty and justice for all. There, I also cited editions of my Uncle M. L.’s Ebony Magazine Advice Column that was based upon the same values espoused by my family.

Empirical research studies in the social sciences point to family and marriage as the single most important factor in promoting economic justice, fighting poverty, and decreasing dependence on welfare. Perhaps President Obama has said it best. In his words, included in a letter that was published in Parade Magazine in June 2011: “We need families to raise our children. We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child – it’s the courage to raise one.”

In fact, this is the one area where I agree with President Obama, especially when he has cited the same research that is used by The Family In America to highlight the importance of family. Candidate Obama said in a speech in June 2008: “Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important…We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled – doubled – since we were children. We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”

Instead of spending time ridiculing those who advocate for the “child-rich, married-parent” family and for criticizing mothers and fathers who choose to “stay at home” with their children, perhaps the Inquirer should spend more time highlighting the solutions to poverty, drop-out rates, and crime.

Countless empirical studies point to the importance of marriage and having a Mommy and Daddy at home for every child. This is the American dream that my uncle had and it is deeply rooted in the natural family; where children are allowed to be born and raised by parents who understand the value of our most cherished resources, our children. So let us remember his words: “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

Dr. Alveda C. King
Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life
Founder, King for America






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Join the Silent No More Awareness Campaign outside NARAL dinner

Thursday, January 26th, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 26, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – All pro-lifers are urged to join the Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland chapters of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign this evening, Thursday, Jan. 25, outside the ballroom where NARAL will host its annual celebration of abortion.

Supporters of life will gather at 5:30 p.m. outside the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, according to Nancy Tanner, Northern Virginia regional coordinator for Silent No More. They will remain in place until 7 p.m. and then will leave to have dinner and fellowship at a nearby restaurant. The Silent No More women and men and their supporters will return to the Hilton by 8:30 p.m. and will remain there until the NARAL event has concluded.

“It’s been pretty effective every year that we do this,” said Ms. Tanner. This is the seventh consecutive year she has organized the peaceful presence.

“We feel it’s important to have a presence when they’re celebrating, to show that there’s another side to this,” she said. “Many of us are hurt by abortion and regret that decision.”

Ms. Tanner will have signs on hand that say “I Regret My Abortion” or “I Regret My Lost Fatherhood,” as well as some that say “Women Do Regret Abortion” and “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood.”

At Monday’s March for Life, more than 50 women and men from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign shared their abortion testimonies in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. As they lined the streets with their signs awaiting their turn to speak, many were approached by marchers who thanked them for their courage, or whispered to them of their own regret.

“The pro-aborts in this country, like NARAL, say abortion is a good choice for women, but the women who have actually made that choice know better,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

“One woman from Mississippi who shared her testimony said she wished she wasn’t standing on a cold, rainy street in Washington holding her sign. She wished she was home, with the 13-year-old she aborted,” Father Pavone said. “All the men and women of Silent No More feel that way.”

To contact Ms. Tanner, send an email to northernvirginia@silentnomoreawareness.org

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org






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March for Life Re-energizes the Pro-Life Movement

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 24, 2012

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the organization’s Pastoral Team and staff head home today refocused and re-energized following three days of non-stop pro-life activism surrounding the March for Life.

“These days in Washington, and in San Francisco for the Walk for Life West Coast, are so important, not only to demonstrate to the world that we will never stop fighting for the unborn until each and every one of them is safe, but because they also give us an opportunity to meet and strategize with people who share our passion and commitment.”

Priests for Life was represented at most of the events that took place from Jan. 21 to 23, including . . .

• March for Life Exhibit
• March for Life Youth Rally
• The Law of Life Summit
• Students for Life Conference
• Mass for Pro-Life Leaders at the Blessed John Paul Shrine
• Mass at the National Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
• National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers
• Pro-Life Bloggers Conference
• Silent No More gathering at the U.S. Supreme Court
• “Babies Go To Congress” Dinner
• March for Life Rose Dinner

“I am amazed and thankful every year that hundreds of thousands of people from every walk of life can find the time and the resources to come to the March and fight for the babies,” Father Pavone said. “At Priests for Life, we’ve already begun planning for next year’s March, which will mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. But I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that we will end abortion and return a culture of life to this wounded land.”

Father Pavone added, “In the days ahead, Priests for Life will provide more details of its 2012 initiatives that were announced at the March.”

See some pictures of the March for Life events at Priests for Life’s Frontlines.

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






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Women’s Rights Without Frontiers Video

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012





Pray to end abortion in America and around the world!!!






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March for Life 2012 – It’s going to be, and already is a very good year…

Monday, January 23rd, 2012





If the media reports what they really see, then the world will know that the January 2012 March for Life may be the biggest pro-life gathering the world has ever seen. There was a virtual and literal sea of people from across the planet, all standing in and raising a cry for life on the Mall in Washington, DC today. Along with those gathered in DC , there were other similar gatherings across America, calling for an end of the 40 year span of legalized abortion in America.

As a participant and eye witness, I can only say how grateful we must all be for the prayers and support for life from conception until natural death. Along with attending the Rally on the Mall, it was a blessing to pray at the National Memorial for the Unborn, to share in the “Celebrate Life and Embrace Grace” gathering of Concerned Women of America, to be motivated at the Black Conservative Forum, testify after the March with Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and to end the day at Babies Go to Congress hosted by Heartbeat International.

Look for a full report on the weeks activities at Priests for Life’s Frontlines

God bless you!






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Steven Tyler’s ex-fiancé to talk about her abortion at March for Life

Thursday, January 19th, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 19, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Julia Holcomb was forced to reveal a secret she had been keeping for 35 years after her son came across one of the unflattering — and untrue – statements that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler had written about her, their relationship, and their abortion.

“I had to become Silent No More right in my own home, I had no choice” said Ms. Holcomb, whose life hit a low point in 1975, when she nearly died in an apartment fire and was then convinced to abort her baby at five months.

Now Ms. Holcomb is a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign by choice.

On Monday, Jan., 23, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, she will publicly share the story of her abortion and how it was the catalyst that prompted her to turn her life around. She is a married mother of six sons, a devout Roman Catholic and a pro-life activist.

Ms. Holcomb will join dozens of other women and men from the campaign who will tell their stories at the annual event that immediately follows the March for Life. She was convinced to go public with her story after reading a piece written by Kevin Burke, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, about the abortion regret that Tyler – who last night began his second season as an “American Idol” judge — has expressed in two books.

“In spite of everything, I do not hate Steven Tyler, nor am I personally bitter.” Ms. Holcomb said. “I pray for his sincere conversion of heart and hope he can find God’s grace, as I have.”

Ms. Holcomb also will speak at a March for Life Youth Rally, to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave NW.

For a video interview with Ms. Holcomb, click HERE

To arrange an interview with her, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or send an email to media@priestsforlife.org.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org






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I Just Want To Spread The Truth . . .

Thursday, January 19th, 2012





This young lady is just speaking the truth about Planned Parenthood. I hope you enjoy the video.






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Is She Crazy?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012





WINNER BEST US DOCUMENTARY SHORT – SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Is She Crazy?! Mary James: The Preacher Lady of Riverdale – Short Film

If you ask anybody in the Riverdale, GA area about “The Preacher Lady” on Highway 85, nine out of ten people will know who you are talking about and you are guaranteed to spark some interesting conversation. Most have seen her but few have bothered to talk to her to find out their number one question…”Is She Crazy?” This 20 minute documentary leaves you to draw your own conclusion about Mary James also known as “The Preacher Lady of Riverdale.”

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Silent No More Awareness coordinator to speak at West Coast Walk for Life

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 17, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Jacquie Stalnaker’s boyfriend drove her to an abortion clinic with a gun on the floor of the car. He told her their baby would die that day, or that both she and the baby would. When she came out of the clinic afterward, he was nowhere to be found and never seen again. She collapsed on the street, lost half the blood in her body, and subsequently survived recurring stage-four uterine cancer and the removal of a 25-pound tumor.

She had aborted the only child she would ever conceive, and she lived with her secret for decades.

But now this former Miss West Virginia, former national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, and current executive director for Ignatius Productions is Silent No More, and is an invited speaker at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Jan. 21.

“It took me 22 years to be able to speak out about it,” said Ms. Stalnaker, a resident of Birmingham, Ala., and a regional coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “Now I talk about it everywhere I go.”

To see a video of Ms. Stalnaker discussing her abortion and its aftermath, go to http://bit.ly/wlktss

The eighth annual Walk for Life West Coast will begin at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, when Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More, and 14 women and men who are part of the campaign will share their testimonies.

Ms. Stalnaker will be one of the speakers at a rally to begin at 12:30 p.m. The Walk, along Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza, will begin at 1:30 p.m. For information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com.

“What we often say is that experience trumps rhetoric,” said Mrs. Forney, a Pennsylvania resident. “People can talk about the right to choose but it is time to hear about the real consequences of the choice. We also want others who are hurting after abortion to know they are not alone, help is available. That is why we are Silent No More.”

For more on the campaign, visit www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.Org. To arrange an interview with Ms. Stalnaker, Mrs. Forney or anyone from the Silent No More team, please email media@priestsforlife.org or call 347-286-7277.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of
the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: Silent No More Awareness Campaign






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