Archive for September, 2012

Do You Know What Your Children Are Getting At Their Schools?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Earlier this week a story broke about a Staten Island high school dispensing the morning-after pill to students without notifying the parents.

In an article by Jillian Jorgensen on silive.com, she reports that “Port Richmond High School is one of 13 public high schools across the city making emergency contraception — better known as the morning-after pill — available to girls without parental consent.”

One of my co-workers at Priests for Life, Marie Elliott-Saile, who was interviewed for the article is very upset by this because her 15-year-old daughter attends Port Richmond. Although the school system says that they sent letters home for parents to opt out of the program, Marie said that she never receive a letter telling her about the program.

The article also states that Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, who was also interviewed for the article, says that “the program is just an extension of the law that allows girls to get an abortion without parental consent” and “that contraceptive pills like Plan B — which prevents pregnancy by using hormones the way normal birth control pills do, but in a higher dose — can increase the risk of cancer, and if a girl is adversely affected, her parents and their insurance would be left to deal with her care.

“I think it’s just horrific that this is all allowed to be done,” she said. “It shouldn’t have to be opt-out. You should have to opt in. The parent should have to consent to this because it’s affecting your child, your minor child.”

They are very tricky in the way that these programs are implemented. Unlike most other types of health related items like aspirin, the school cannot give it to students without permission given without parental consent. Why don’t schools just send letters to parents telling them that they will be able to give them any medication unless the parents opt their children out? Parents would not stand for it.

Yet when it comes to something as harmful as birth control nobody bats an eye. Most parents don’t stand up for their children. I applaud Marie and Janet for their willingness to stand up for the students.

I was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Tuesday regarding this story. The interview can be heard at my African American Outreach HERE.

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Father Pavone to Lead Rosary in Front of the White House

Friday, September 28th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 28, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will lead the praying of the Rosary at noon on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Lafayette Park in front of the White House.

The prayer event is part of ActsFive29, a 72-hour program of prayer and civil disobedience to kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

“The Rosary is a devotion strongly embraced by the pro-life movement,” said Father Pavone. “This is so for good reasons, because in the Hail Mary we praise a mother, and we worship the fruit of her womb. Our salvation began because a mother said yes to the life within her!

“In the rosary we also say, ‘Pray for US sinners.’ We don’t point the finger at others, but rather at ourselves. We know that sin is in the world, but we start by repenting of the sin within us. The pro-life movement is in fact a movement of repentance, of admitting we haven’t done enough. That is the best way to rebuild the Culture of Life,” Fr. Pavone explained.

Immediately after the Rosary, Fr. Pavone will lead off the speeches in the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to protest the unjust mandate requiring every employer, including faith-based ministries like Priests for Life, to provide free contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs to their employees.

Priests for Life was among the first to sue the Obama administration back in February. The mandate went into effect for Priests for Life on August 1, and on that morning Fr. Pavone announced the organization would disobey it.

Bryan Kemper, director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, will participate in the rally and wrote about his willingness to be arrested: http://bit.ly/Q0x2dR to read his testimony.

For more information, visit www.ActsFive29.com and www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate.

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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Dr. Alveda King Releases New Platform Comparison

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

POLITICAL PLATFORM COMPARISONS
Prepared by Dr. Alveda King,
Director of African American Outreach, Priests for Life

Many would agree that voting is a civil right. Some would go a step further and make the case that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a lot easier to attain if we have the resources to follow our desires.

What seems odd is that for many — if not most — Americans the economy tops the short list of concerns, yet most people do not seem to be connecting the dots between prosperity and moral values.

Voting with your morals could pay off in the long run. It’s also a good way to compare the political platforms of the parties.

Let’s compare the New Independent Christian Party, the Republican and the Democratic platforms:

New Independent Christian Party Platform:

 

The New Independent Christian Party seeks to align all platform issues with the standard of the Word of God. This includes:

The Work Ethic – if a person does not work, he or she will not be able to avoid hunger and poverty

Fair Taxation – all people are entitled to share the responsibility of governance through fair taxation

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Fairness in Voting

Fair and Equal Health Care Reform

Fair Education Reform

Natural Marriage and Family/Right to Be Born

Freedom to Worship

 

Democratic Platform

Robs Social Security of future contributors by supporting abortion.

Includes welfare handouts without providing America’s needy with a work ethic or the dignity of contributing to the society that serves them.

Promotes casual sex with harmful chemical and surgical solutions to consequences.

Penalizes companies that support Bible-based values.

Promotes an unequal distribution of wealth.

Punishes people for considering moral consequences, while rewarding harmful behaviors.

 

Republican Platform

Supports life with dignity from conception through natural death.

Recognizes traditional marriage as being between a man and woman.

Promotes healthy families by allowing human beings to be conceived, born with dignity and live healthy lives as contributors to a growing society which in turn serves them.

Advocates sexual responsibility with financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences.

Seeks to empower Americans with fair taxation, a strong work ethic, and religious freedom that allows employees to express their values openly and freely.

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New Song Never Before Heard From Michael Jackson

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Just recently a new song from Michael Jackson entitled Song Groove was posted on YouTube. This song has become known as the “Abortion Papers” song. Regardless of how you feel about Michael Jackson, it is clear that even he knew that abortion is wrong and went against the Word of God.

When we loose someone like Michael Jackson it hurts. I met Michael in Atlanta when he was a young teenager full of hope and promise. I had a front row seat at one of his concerts, and was even allowed back stage to say hello. I remember him falling on his knees and then prostrate on the floor during his performance, and he was crying “help me. Please, help me,” in the middle of a song. I didn’t know back then just how much of himself he would be required to give up before he would die a lonely and fearful death. This is why when I hear his songs, and those of others like Whitney Houston, I feel sad. I pray that they were able to find God’s grace and comfort along their journies. This is also why I am glad that Justin Bieber’s mother didn’t abort him, and that her testimony is being broadcast, about how she said no to those who wanted her to abort Justin.

Michael seems to have come close to an abortion situation in his life, maybe someone he cared about aborted a baby. We don’t know, but if you listen to his song on “BAD” maybe you will be moved to pray to end abortion which kills babies and harms women in a very “BAD” way. Yes Dear Michael, abortion is very bad.

We should all heed his advice, “Signing your name against the Word of God . . . Think about life.”

Sister don’t read, she’ll never know
What about love?
Living a Christian soul
What do we get, she runs away
What about love?
What about all I pray

Don’t know the worst, she knows a thief
What about life?
Living’s just all I see
What do you care, things she will say
What about love?
That’s all I pray

Those abortion papers
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Sister confused, she went alone
What about love?
What about all I saw?
Biding a sigh, reading the words
Singing a song, citing a Bible verse

Father’s confused, mother despair
Brother’s in curse
What about all I’ve seen?
You know the lie, you came alone
What about heart?
That’s all I’ve known

Those abortion papers
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Those abortion papers (Hoo!)
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Look at my words, what do they say?
Look at my heart, burning is all heartbreak
What do you get?
What do you say?
What about love?
I feel my sin

Those abortion papers
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Those abortion papers (Hoo!)
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Who have the grateful?
Where will she go?
What will she do, to keep her world?

Sister don’t know, where would she go
What about love?
What about all I saw?
What will you get?
Don’t be so confused
Love all the things
It’s just the things I do

Those abortion papers
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Those abortion papers
(Abortion paper)
(This paper) (Hee-Hee)
Those abortion papers (Hee Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
I’d like to have my child (Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)

Those abortion papers
(Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
(Hee Hee-Hee Hee Hee)
Those abortion papers (Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
I’d like to have my child (Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
Those abortion papers (Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
(Hee-Hee Hee-Hee).

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Mother of Justin Bieber Chose Life Over Abortion Advice

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

In an article published yesterday Pattie Mallette, Justin Bieber’s mother recounts her story of choosing life instead of bowing to advice and pressure to abort her child. Thanks to her courage and strength, the world knows Justin, and many enjoy his music. Let us pray that the fulfillment of God’s plans for Justin also come to pass, even as the testimony of his birth blesses us.

Cotney O’Brien writes:

Imagine life without everyone’s favorite tween sensation, Justin Bieber, causing pandemonium every time he steps on stage. Well, if his mom Pattie Mallette had listened to advice to abort her son when she was 17, there would be no such thing as ‘Bieber Fever.’

In an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today Show, Mallette revealed how she was sexually abused as a child and, by age 14, was already using drugs and alcohol. When her hardships became too much to bare, Mallette attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of an oncoming truck. Then, however, while staying in a psychiatric hospital during one of the darkest points of her life, she discovered God through a friend and became a Christian. This conversion, she said, gave her peace of mind.

But, after just six months, she relapsed back into bad behavior and, at age 17, discovered she was pregnant. Because of her young age and difficult situation, many people encouraged her to end her pregnancy.

Mallette, however, insisted abortion was never an option.

I just knew I couldn’t. I just knew I couldn’t. I just know I had to keep him. And, do the best. I — you know, I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I just knew that I couldn’t — I couldn’t abort. I had to do my best. I had to see what I could do. And I was determined to do whatever it took.

The young mother knew she made the right decision upon seeing her baby boy for the first time. “I know this sounds crazy, but he sounded like he was singing. He did.”

Thanks to Mallette, today Justin can sing to millions of fans and inspire them as a living example of the sanctity of human life.

Here are just a couple of other examples of notable people who were born under difficult circumstances, yet whose mothers gave them the chance to live:

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NOW THIS IS A PRESIDENT!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

This is the kind of man America needs as President. We need to turn back to God in order to receive His blessings.

Make sure you vote in 2012. Go to www.politicalresponsibility.com for up to date information on this year’s political process. For a 501(c)(3) friendly voter’s guide and comparison of your choices visit www.priestsforlife.org/candidates.

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The Long Road Home…

Friday, September 21st, 2012

“God moved on my spirit and he said, ‘The hearts of the people must be changed. We have to take the long road home. He didn’t say ‘no’. It’s (overturn of Roe) gonna happen.” Alveda King, 2006

It seems like yesterday when I spoke these words to a student group. The road is long, with many a winding turn (that’s from a song: HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER.) The babies are our brothers and sisters. We have to vote for life this fall.

Friends, don’t shun the voting booths this fall. People died so we can vote. Not just Blacks; women and others have had to fight in order to vote. Don’t give naysayers the opportunity to say that we never deserved the right to vote in the first place. We can vote our convictions. We can write in or vote for those on the ballot. We also must vote down the ballot for other candidates.

Be wise, don’t cast away your vote or your confidence in God.

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“Then will your covenant with death be annulled…” Isaiah 28:18

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

In 2005 I began to pray that God would break the covenant with death. By then I was on “the long road home,” praying also that people of God would escalate in prayer according to 2 Chronicles 7:14; “if my people…”. The church can turn the tide came to me back then.

Friends, the tide is turning. Press on for the mark!

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A Special Night with 40 Days for Life

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The Marietta 40 Days team is on fire! It was great joining the group and my colleague Catherine Davis for an evening of prayer, praise, serious questions and information gathering. Pictures available at Priests for Life Frontlines

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No vote? Not optional! People died so we can vote, says Dr. Alveda King

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

“I have come to see more and more that one of the most decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We’ve got to gain the ballot, and through that gain, political power.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 1, 1957

Amendment XV (the Fifteenth Amendment) of the United States Constitution provides that governments in the United States may not prevent a citizen from voting based on that citizen’s race, color, or previous condition of servitude (i.e. slavery). It was ratified on February 3, 1870. This decision allowed Black men to vote; but Jim Crow laws and other prohibiting factors stymied the Black vote until 1965.

Today, the right to vote is a fundamental civil right in the Unites States; granted to African Americans after the Voting Rights Act in 1965; which outlawed many of the practices that were previously used to keep black people from exercising their right to vote. The Voting Rights Act came up for ratification in 2009. The Supreme Court extended the act though it is suggested that the ratification clause may eventually be struck down as unnecessary as it appears the Court now believes that there should be no distinction made between the voting rights of black and white United States citizens.

Historically the right to vote has also impacted women, immigrants and ex-offenders. The national right for the women’s vote came in 1920 with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Also, immigrants who have become naturalized citizens have the right to vote in all elections. In most states, prisoners are not allowed to vote while they are in jail or prison. Once they are released they may lose the right to vote either temporarily or permanently. Ex-offenders can appeal to have their voting rights restored if they are pardoned by the governor or legislative state authority.

As the daughter of Rev. A. D. King and his wife Naomi, I can well remember the struggles over the vote in the mid-20th century. Men like my father, my grandfather Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. and my famous uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as brave women fought hard to further establish the Black Vote. Many people have fought and died to maintain the privilege and right for Black citizens of the U. S. to vote. So not voting is not an option.

There are more than two candidates on the upcoming ballots. We can vote for the candidate who most clearly reflects our values. We can vote for one of the two popular candidates, or we can write in the candidate of our choice. Some consider the write in option as a wasted effort, not a vote. What is a waste is to not respect the efforts of those who fought and sometimes died for our right to vote.

Beyond the obvious presidential candidates, we must also vote down ballot. Whatever we decide to do, we must surely honor those who have gone before us. We must cast our ballots and not cast away our confidence in God.

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