Archive for January, 2012

Priests for Life Youth Outreach Director to Host March for Life Youth Rally

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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Date: January 17, 2012

Contact: Andre Kim
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Bryan Kemper, Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life and founder of Stand True Ministry, will be the host and keynote speaker for the first-ever Youth Rally organized by the March for Life.

The rally will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Visit www.marchforlife.org/content/view/84 for more information.

“As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader, I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions,” said Kemper. “We understand the importance of raising up a generation of pro-life youth; to educate, activate and equip them in this battle to build a culture of life. We are excited to partner with the March for Life on the first annual March for Life Youth Rally as we engage and empower young people to fight to end child killing in America.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented, “It was the March for Life that ignited my commitment to the pro-life cause. I know this rally will plant the same seeds in the hearts of many new activists.”

Kemper, 44, the father of six children with a seventh on the way, noted that an impromptu rally last year drew more than 300 young people. He expects attendance to triple for Saturday’s rally.

Also speaking from Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries will be: Julia Holcomb, a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign who in 1975 had a relationship with the rock star Steven Tyler that ended after they aborted their son; Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life; Matt and Kelly Clinger, spokesmen for Silent No More, and Father Denis Wilde, associate director of Priests for Life.

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

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National Pro-Life Religious Council to Bestow Awards at Jan. 23 Service in Capitol Visitors Center

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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Date: January 16, 2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 18th annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in Room HVC 201 of the Capitol Visitors Center.

The National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) will present its annual Pro-Life Recognition Award to Chris Slattery, founder of EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, and Karolyn Schrage, executive director of Life Choices in Joplin, Mo.

Kelly Clinger, a recording artist and spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Tony Melendez, a guitar player who was born without arms and plays with his feet, will perform.

During the service, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life will also announce a Pro-life Award for Victoria Hearst, founder of Praise Him Ministries in Colorado.

The National Conference for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers was founded in 1994 by Rev. Rob Schenck of Faith and Action and Fr. Paul C.B. Schenck of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill. It is the only pro-life prayer service convened on the U.S. capitol complex. Additional sponsors include the National Clergy Council, National Pro-Life Radio and National Pro-Life Center.

This year’s honorees are involved in providing alternatives to abortion.

Slattery launched Expectant Mother Care-EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in mid-town Manhattan in 1984. It was New York City’s first crisis pregnancy center and remains the largest network of pregnancy help centers in the tri-state area.

He pioneered the use of onsite ultrasound and pre-natal care in a crisis center, and introduced 3D and 4D ultrasound in lifesaving work when the technology became available. He also pioneered using mobile ultrasounds with sidewalk counseling teams outside abortion clinics in major cities.

Mrs. Schrage, a registered nurse, worked as a medical missionary in Kenya for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Mike, produced a film addressing unplanned pregnancy issues in East Africa. The film was translated into eight languages and has been shown in many African countries.

In 2003, Mrs. Schrage and her family moved back to the United States, where she joined the LifeChoices medical team. LifeChoices Medical Clinic and 4U Testing Clinic in Joplin, Mo., provide confidential, compassionate medical services for individuals facing a sexual health crisis or unplanned pregnancy. LifeChoices works in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control to reduce the sexually transmitted disease epidemic in the USA.

“Pregnancy centers are on the front lines of the war against abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-life Religious Council. “Chris and Karolyn recognized this and decided to focus their considerable energies and talents to inspire young with the courage to love and to choose life. The National Pro-Life Religious Council salutes these pro-life heroes.”

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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Remembering Uncle Martin

Monday, January 16th, 2012

By Dr. Alveda C. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was Pro-Life

If you would like to learn more aobut his stance on life, please visit MLK & Planned Parenthood Part 1 and MLK & Planned Parenthood Part 2.

In the midst of television, Skype, radio and print interviews this week leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the March for Life the week after, the media enjoys asking “what would Dr. King say about…?”

What would Dr. MLK say about Michelle Obama being an angry black woman? Uncle M. L. would pray for President Obama and First Lady Obama. I believe that because Uncle M. L. was a preacher, he would encourage the First Lady to “be angry and sin not.” Dr. MLK wanted people to love each other, not label and divide each other. As to being angry? Maybe Mrs. Obama should be angry about the high numbers of abortions in America especially due to the harm being done to Black women and Black babies by the abortion industry. Maybe as a mother she should be angry about the high rates of school drop outs. Maybe she should be angry about the high rates of women in the welfare system today. Maybe my saying this makes me an angry Black woman?

I believe Uncle M. L. would support personhood, life from conception until natural death. I believe he would be shocked about the high rates of abortion in the Black community, and about the money making abortion industry.

How about the Girl Scouts telling a girl she can’t wear a pro-life t-shirt in the office while she is off duty? Or telling mothers that they have no say in whether a boy can be a girl scout? Or promoting sexuality and working undercover with Planned Parenthood to promote a Happy, Healthy and Hot campaign. Actually, if you read Uncle M. L.’s Ebony Magazine Advice column, you can see that he would promote life and sexual purity today.

And what about the new Barbie doll campaign for breast cancer awareness? Uncle M. L. would want women to be whole and healthy of course. I just hope that Barbie doesn’t wear the Komen pink ribbon without including the information that abortion, artificial invasive birth control methods and breast cancer are linked. We want our women whole, healthy and happy, not happy, healthy and hot.

These are just a few “hot” issues leading up to what should be a very eventful first month of the new year. We will have a major election later in the year, and I truly believe that Uncle M. L. would encourage people to elect candidates who fear God and respect life.

Friends, in remembering my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this season, please pause to consider that he was a man of God, who feared the Lord and cherished His commandments. Like every human being, he was not perfect, but he served a perfect God. My uncle was pro-life. He was pro-family. He loved everyone.

God bless you!

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Dr. Alveda King to take part in Martin Luther King Day Events

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

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Date: January 15, 2012

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ATLANTA – Dr. Alveda King, the full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will take part in events Sunday and Monday in honor of her late father, the Rev. Dr. Alfred Daniels King, and her late uncle, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Alveda King will be at book signing Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the King Center Freedom Hall Auditorium, 449 Auburn Ave.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Freedom Hall, there will be a screening of the film “Brother of the Dreamer,” about her father, one of the main strategists behind many civil rights campaigns. Dr. Alveda King and her mother, Naomi Barber King, will be in attendance, and the film’s executive producer, Dr. Babs Onabanjo, will take part in a discussion.

On Monday, the official nationwide observance of Martin Luther King Day, Dr. Alveda King will join family members at a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. The service will begin with a wreath-laying at 9 a.m. The service itself, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m.

A civil rights leader in her own right, Dr. Alveda King has been working full-time for the pro-life cause for nearly a decade. When she met Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the two found themselves in agreement that “the fight for all human life, from conception until natural death, is the most pressing civil rights and human rights issue of our time.”

Dr. King has compared Father Pavone’s pro-life leadership to that of her uncle Martin.

“When my uncle was discerning the call to the civil rights movement, many of his critics said his primary focus as a pastor should be preaching the Gospel, rather than the human rights issue,” she said. “Father Pavone is a wonderful priest who has answered a call to pro-life activism and his call, like my uncle’s call, has been validated worldwide. Father Pavone is the Martin Luther King Jr. of the pro-life movement.”

To arrange an interview with Dr. King, call 347-286-7277 or send an email to media@priestsforlife.org

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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YOU’RE INVITED

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Rev. Dr. Alfred Daniel Williams King, brother to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was one of the main strategists behind several Civil Rights campaigns, including Birmingham, Selma, Louisville and the Poor People’s Campaign. This documentary chronicles King’s contributions and includes interviews with John Lewis, Andrew Young, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev James Orange, Dick Gregory, Rev Kyle, Rev Cameron Alexander, Dr. Christine King Farris, Bernice King, Mrs. Naomi King and many others. Following the screening, the film will be discussed with A.D. King’s widow, Naomi King and Dr. Babs Onabanjo, the film’s executive producer.

A.D. King: Brother to the Dreamer: Behold the Dream” Film Screening and Discussion with A.D. King’s widow, Mrs. Naomi King and producer Dr. Babs Onabanjo

Sunday, January 15, 2012

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

King Center Freedom Hall,
Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

Discussion after Film Screening

For more information visit AD King Foundation

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Remembering Uncle Martin

Friday, January 13th, 2012

By Dr. Alveda C. King

Friends, in remembering my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this season, please pause to consider that he was a man of God, who feared the Lord and cherished His commandments. Like every human being, he was not perfect, but he served a perfect God. My uncle was pro-life. He was pro-family. He loved everyone. If you would like to study his thoughts about life, please visit MLK & Planned Parenthood Part 1 and MLK & Planned Parenthood Part 2.

God bless you!

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Vote Pro-Life….Promise! Pinky Swear!

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Have I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? …Have I become an enemy to you because I have preached the truth to you? ….”Am I then become your enemy (an enemy in your eyes) by telling you the truth” Galatians 4:16

“When correction is wrapped in love, positive results are inevitable.” Asia Reeves

Friends, this is absolutely unbelievable, but most likely very true… Sad to say… Some people really believe that because I was very supportive of my friend Mr. Herman Cain when he was running for president, and now I’m off the political scene, that I was helping Mr. Cain because he is Black. If I was going to support a candidate because of skin color, I would have been on President Obama’s campaign team. I think everyone knows I was not a part of the Obama candidacy. Nothing personal, Mr. President, I just don’t agree with your policies that support the Planned Parenthood agenda.

Listen friends, I am no longer political. Period. During the 2008 elections, some may recall that I endorsed Governor Sam Brownback, and I helped Governor Mike Huckabee during his run. Then, while praying, I received a“word” that I was to stop endorsing and to start praying. So, I left the political train and started praying. During Mr. Cain’s campaign, I was more visible because Mr. Cain is a friend. I never endorsed him as a candidate, I just supported him as a friend. Since by his own testimony, Mr. Cain is not a politician, I found no conflict in helping a friend who wasn’t a politician try to bring some solutions to America’s problems. I have great respect for Mr. and Mrs. Cain, and it was an honor to stand with them as a friend at such a pivotal moment in their lives. Now, once again, I’m off the political scene, and only entered that arena briefly this season to help out a friend. As to voting, we must all vote pro-life. Period.

As to racism and skin color, skin color is like window dressing, with the house being the spirit and soul of the person. The body is temporal, the spirit and soul are not. So, we are one human race, and skin color is part of our earthly ethnic ID. We fight too much over skin color. Acts 17:26 says “And (God) has made of one blood all nations of people to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed.” So why are we as one human race fighting about skin color so much? It is a trick of the devil, people. So let’s move ahead to brotherly and sisterly love why don’t we?

My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Love is the most durable power in the world. This creative force, so beautifully exemplified in the life of our Christ, is the most potent instrument available in (hu)mankind’s quest for peace and security.”

Jesus says it best in Matthew 22:36-40 :
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

So let’s put the race and racism card to rest, and be one human race in love with each other God’s way, why don’t we?

Choose your candidate but make sure he’s Pro-Life, pinky swear?

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Priests for Life expands Prayer Campaign to End Abortion

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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Date: January 12, 2012

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Amarillo, TX – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today announced more details of the fourth element of the four-pronged attack that Priests for Life is launching this year against the abortion industry, as described in the press release a few days ago. http://bit.ly/wqSoLq

“Prayer is the foundation of all we do,” Fr. Frank explained. “This year, we are expanding our prayer campaign (www.PrayerCampaign.org) and asking every Church to provide its congregation with the tools they need to pray each day for an end to abortion. In particular, we have special prayers throughout the year corresponding to the Feasts and liturgical seasons that many Christians observe. The prayer cards are offered to Churches free of charge.”

“Most immediately, this Saturday begins a Novena (a nine-day period of prayer) in preparation for the sad commemoration of Roe vs. Wade, which has resulted in more death and destruction than anything else. Prayer cards can still be ordered and the prayer downloaded at www.PrayerCampaign.org,” Fr. Frank stated.

Another aspect of the Prayer Campaign is the Facebook cause “Pray to End Abortion,” now at over 80,000 members. This cause can be accessed at www.ProLifePrayers.com. Priests for Life will also invite people to become “Prayer Partners for Life” and to do such things as bring special pro-life prayer intentions to their pastors and to promote prayer resources that will be generated throughout the year. Pastors can obtain prayer resources corresponding to each Sunday of the year at www.priestsforlife.org/liturgy.

These activities will be coordinated in such a way as to prepare for the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade on January 22, 2013. “Between now and then, we will launch several initiatives that will grow through the course of the year and culminate in a special commemorative service on the 40th anniversary of Roe. Multiple pro-life ministries from many denominations will co-sponsor that service, which will take place in Washington, DC. Now is the time,” Fr. Frank pointed out, “to intensify our prayer efforts as never before, that a weakened abortion industry may go out of existence altogether. That’s our goal, and we will reach it.”

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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New Missionary on the Block, Expanse of the Mission Field, and Other Thoughts…

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

“Now when Jesus finished speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” – Luke 5:4

At the end of a busy day, a jumble of thoughts came to be. You think I mean to say, “came to me,” and the thoughts do come to me, yet they come to be as they come to me… At the end of the day, as I began to write this, there had been conference calls, delayed flights, Board meeting woes, and a lot of joyful thoughts in between. (Like my sons telling me that I have to make the grilled cheese sandwiches, because even if they try and make them, theirs will never taste as good as mine. They sure know how to sweet talk their old mama.)

So, this blog is a conglomerate of thoughts from one of my days. The mind does that, visits one experience and then the next. I want to talk about a New Missionary and a New Mission Field, but the scripture launch out into the deep keeps coming to mind, and a song I learned in Bible School reminds me of my childhood with my grandmother all at the same time. Stay with me, there’s a message in all of this somewhere…

There is a little song, a ditty maybe that I learned either at Bible School or at my grandmother’s knee — can’t quite recall which. Big Mama was really a little lady who loved the Lord Jesus. She was married to Granddaddy. They were “Daddy and Mama King” to the world. Big Mama played the piano and directed the church choirs. She and my mother were the first to ignite the music in my soul. Mama was a concert singer. Big Mama was a grand pianist. Today, my song is for the Lord, but I often remember the early days and the precious songs. Do you know this song? Aren’t the lyrics special?
“Make new friends, but keep the old… One is silver and the other’s gold.”

Last week, I went to a Christian Conference, where a minister in his introduction asked us to take out our cell phones and iPads, etc. and text or tweet everyone and tell them to tune into the Ministry Session online streaming.

Well, you can imagine what that did to half of the people there in the big conference hall. Some of us started tweeting and texting, and some looked at us as if we had just cursed God! Then, when the preacher came up and said “open your Bibles,” can you imagine how many smart phones, ipads, etc. lit up?

It was just amazing, how so many had to do a paradigm shift from thinking that it is disrespectful and blasphemous to use a phone or computer in a church service, to accepting that Media and Technology can be friend or foe. Anyway…

Another page now… Well, friends, I spoke with a friend recently who said on a conference call that The Media is the New Missionary. Now, we all have our opinions on whether The Media and partner Technology are good or awful. There is one thing that can’t be denied. The Media is finding its way into the hearts of the people of the planet, has been doing that for years. Partnering with Technology, The Media is taking The Message (which may or may not be the Gospel of Jesus Christ, depending on the author and agent behind the technology) to the Masses.

Whatever the case may be, The Media and Technology are Missionaries of sorts, and the Universe is the Mission Field.

Consider this, support your local Missionary and/or Charity by sowing financial seed into Media Projects and Technology Projects that affirm life. Visit our store and invest in media and technology items that will shift the climate towards life at www.priestsforlife.org/store for starters. Then branch out and support all of the wonderful prolife world of video, music, DVD, online streaming outlets and other opportunities to support the message of life. Launch out into the deep…

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Diagnosing the Problem

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

An extremely overweight woman calls her doctor’s office to schedule an appointment to get rid of all the excess fat. An appointment is made for liposuction surgery the following week.

The day of the surgery comes and the woman goes to the doctor’s office for surgery. Before surgery a counselor escorts the woman to a small room where they explain the liposuction procedure and what she can expect. She is given a pamphlet with a list of foods that are safe for her to eat subsequent to her surgery so that she doesn’t put on the weight back and ends up back for surgery again. The list of foods includes a picture next to each food. The food includes items like hamburgers, french fries, ice cream, cake, hot dogs, and pizza. However, the pictures next to the food items are those of vegetable and fruits. Additionally, she’s given a prescription to take with each meal which is supposed to prevent her body from converting the food to fat. (Studies have shown that it is not always effective.)

The discussion with the counselor does not include anything about the actual surgery, the risks of the surgery or any side effects. All she is told that once she has the surgery everything will be okay and she can resume her life as before without the extra fat.

She is not counseled on good eating habits, on exercising, on food quantity consumption, or the dangers of the liposuction surgery.

The narrative above shocks the conscience of the average person. If a doctor acted this recklessly and without real regard for the patient, the public would be in an uproar and would call for the revocation of the doctor’s license.

So why aren’t people in an uproar over the abortion industry?

They do the same thing.

An extremely pregnant woman calls her doctor’s office to schedule an appointment to get rid of all the baby. An appointment is made for abortion surgery the following week.

The day of the surgery comes and the woman goes to the doctor’s office for surgery. Before surgery a counselor escorts the woman to a small room where they explain the abortion procedure and what she can expect. She is given a pamphlet with a list of sexual activities that are safe for her to try subsequent to her surgery so that she doesn’t get pregnant and ends up back for surgery again. The list of sexual activities includes . . . . However, the picture next to the sexual activities are those of non-pregnant women. Additionally, she’s given a condom to use with each sexual act which is supposed to prevent her body from becoming pregnant. (Studies have shown that it is not always effective.)

The discussion with the counselor does not include anything about the actual surgery, the risks of the surgery or any side effects. All she is told that once she has the surgery everything will be okay and she can resume her life as before without the baby.

She is not counseled on abstinence, on chastity, on adoption, or the dangers of the abortion surgery.

The abortion industry must be stopped. The public must be educated on what really happens in abortion centers. We must make know the effects of abortion on the women who have had an abortion and the men who have been involved an abortion.

But most importantly, we must educate men and women on how to prevent pregnancy. The only 100% sure way is through abstinence and chastity. Stopping promiscuity is the first step in ending the unplanned pregnancy issue and thus ending abortion.

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