Archive for 2013

Priests for Life expecting decision on challenge to HHS mandate

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 9, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate was heard today in U.S. District Court here. Father Frank Pavone, National Director, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, were present in the courtroom. Upon leaving court, they issued the following statement:

“We expect a decision in this case very soon, possibly by the end of this week. Whatever the outcome, this much is clear: The government under this administration is trampling upon the rights of the Church. They are trying to tell us what does or does not constitute a burden on our faith. We ask all to pray along with us that the judge will do the right thing.”

Dr. Alveda King, full-time pastoral associate of Priests for Life and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is also a plaintiff in this case.

With a ruling imminent, Priests for Life’s will be among the first cases to receive a ruling on the merits of the arguments as applied to religious groups.

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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How I Failed Nelson Mandela

Monday, December 9th, 2013





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At the passing of Nelson Mandela I am acknowledging that he was a humanitarian who gave his life to ending apartheid in South Africa and human racism on this planet.

His efforts to do so, especially when he was a young man, certainly included horrendous acts of violence. He and his wife were “vigilantes for freedom.” Their methods of warfare were designed to match and overpower the inhumane tactics of their oppressors. President Mandela was jailed for many years for his “war crimes.”

Young Nelson and Winnie Mandela were radical rebels and following very much in the philosophy of say a Malcolm X who said we must obtain freedom “by any means necessary.” When I was a young civil rights freedom fighter, we had to deal with Alabama Governor George Wallace. He was a virulent monster of a man who approved the lynching, burning and bombing of African Americans during those days. I lived in “Bombingham” where our family home was bombed by hateful people who didn’t want Black people to be free. However, George Wallace, and there are pictures of historical accounts if his standing right there and saying that he hated people if they had black skin or brown skin. And he wanted to keep us out and called us bad names. But Jesus Christ came into his life and he repented and he said that he was wrong.

There was another one, Bull Conner, who reminds me of the same hateful spirit that was driving Adolf Hitler. He lived as a terror and he is remembered as a terror today. On the one hand, Wallace recanted. On other hand, Adolph Hitler was never jailed for killing millions of Jews, and his horrible eugenics and genocidal practices are alive today. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood considered him to be her muse. Unsuspecting people have embraced abortion and killing contraceptives because the slick marketing campaigns of Hitler and Sanger are still alive today. I was once a victim of Planned Parenthood, and was once pro-choice. I didn’t sanction the killing of millions of babies, but I did have two secret abortions. I later repented and now am a voice for the lives of babies and their mothers, the sick and the elderly.

There was another man, John Newton, he wrote the song Amazing Grace. He was a friend and mentored to Wilbur Wilberforce and William Penn. He was bringing black people, African people, transcontinental and bringing them to be sold into the slave trade. It was lucrative and he was making money. It was horrible and yet, when the spirit of the living God got his attention, reminded him of the love and mercy of Jesus Christ, he repented and he wrote a song, “I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.” A wretch like him, his life was transformed.

Again, I had abortions myself. I was pro-choice at one time in my life. I came to my senses, I repented and turned away from the lies. I was blind and now I see.

The apostle Paul was blinded as far as his mind and his actions were concerned when his name was Saul. And he killed Christians. He was there at the stoning of St. Stephen. And yet, on the way to Damascus Road his physical sight was taken from him when he was confronted, when he was riding his donkey on Damascus road. And he became one of the greatest apostles that the world has known, remembered, and we thank God for the ministry of Apostle Paul.

Over the years Mr. Mandela began to become seasoned; humility came into his life and at 95 years of age, I believe he was a totally different man than the young man who was doing everything he could to ending apartheid but he was giving back as good as he got or as bad as it was. While he sanctioned abortion during his presidency, he was perhaps like me and millions of others who were once deceived into believing that abortion and harmful contraceptives would help our people. I wish I had told him the truth. I didn’t know the truth when I met him in the early 1970’s. So I failed him, I didn’t speak to him about our babies.

What is happening now in the battle to end human injustice, to stop man’s inhumanity to man, whether we are women, men, or little children, is occurring on a divided battleground. Some battle against racism, based upon skin color, or class, or rank. Some battle against reproductive genocide and that is certainly appropriate as well wherein we fight for the lives of the little babies in the womb, their mothers, the sick, and the elderly and demand that they be treated with equality, justice, mercy, and agape love. And then some battle against sexual perversion. That in itself also is a very important fight.

Now, if we can see that we are battling a three headed hydra monster; racism, reproductive genocide, and sexual perversion; and get to the heart of those matters and fight them all together with the understanding that we can overcome evil with good, then, at the death of someone like a Nelson Mandela, some of us would not feel as though he should just be totally lambasted, ostracized, cast out of history and considered to be one of the most terrible people that ever lived.

And so I do acknowledge the work of President Nelson Mandela. He confronted apartheid, a serious evil during his lifetime. He did some things that were not good. And we pray that he had an opportunity to meet his maker before he left the planet and that he was able to reconcile those differences.

I feel that I failed President Nelson Mandela because when I actually met him around 1970 when he was released and he came to America, he visited the Martin Luther King Center. I was pro-choice at that time; ended up having a second abortion and a miscarriage related to the harmful contraceptives and all of that. But over the years, after I became pro-life, after which I became repentantly pro-life. I wish now that I had reached out to President Nelson Mandela. I wish that in the 1990s when he was signing legislation that was going to cause millions or at least hundreds of thousands of babies to be aborted, I wish I had gotten Maafa 21 to him and Blood Money to him. Of course, these films had not been produced at that time but a little later they and many other great truth and life revealing films have been released.

I feel that I failed him by not reaching out to him and trying to get with him and sit down and have a talk about my transformation. How I came from thinking that it was okay to abort a child to knowing that it was wrong because it that’s a sacred human life. I failed but I pray that I don’t fail millions of others and I pray that that message will continue to resonate across the globe.

So I thank God for Jesus, for redemption, for an opportunity to acknowledge the good deeds of people and to pray and repent for not giving them information that I had that could transform their thinking, prick their hearts, and cause them to include the unborn in their battles.






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Alveda King Remembers President Mandela’s Courage and His Smile

Friday, December 6th, 2013





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President Nelson Mandela paid a heavy price to stand against apartheid while campaigning for human justice and human dignity. His message still resonates though his weary, battle worn body has gone the way of those gone before him.

Long may we remember his courage, his fortitude and his gentle smile; none of which were ever tarnished during the years of his battles, oppression, incarceration, and the restorative years following his release. Ninety-five years of life is a fitting testimony to the strength of character of this legendary statesman.

A portrait hangs in my home. In the frame, poised between his fellow champions Martin and Malcolm, Mandela smiles while Martin is solemn and Malcolm is stoic. To be able to radiate joy in times of conflict is a gift. To experience their three different expressions, the combined epitome of the human dream of freedom is simply amazing.

President Mandela now takes his place in history. He will be missed. The world has lost a great leader.






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Priests for Life to Have its Day in Court!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Priest for Life’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate will be on the docket Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
Priests for Life’s attorneys from the American Freedom Law Center and attorneys for the Obama administration are asking the court to decide on the constitutionality of the HHS mandate.

Plaintiffs in the case are Priests for Life as well as individual plaintiffs Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Priests for Life contends that forcing the ministry to authorize coverage for contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization services to the participants and beneficiaries of its healthcare plan is a violation of its constitutional right to religious freedom and of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“With this mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act, the government is not only violating our religious beliefs; they are also taking it upon themselves to tell us what the boundaries of those religious beliefs are. It is not up to the government to tell us when our conscience hurts; on the contrary, it’s up to us as believers to tell the government.”

Father Pavone is confident in the outcome of this case, and the judgment, which is expected before January 1, when the Priests for Life insurance plan is renewed, could be among the very first judgments rendered for religious non-profits on the merits of the arguments.

According to Robert Muise, American Freedom Law Center co-founder and senior counsel, “The question for the court on Monday is not whether compliance with the contraception mandate can be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church. That’s a question of religious conscience for the plaintiffs, and they have concluded that their legal and religious obligations are incompatible. Consequently, the contraception mandate forces them to do what their religion tells them they must not do in direct violation of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Father Pavone and Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, will travel to D.C. Monday to be in the courtroom and will be available for comment.

As he has said since filing the initial lawsuit in February 2012 – the fourth to be filed against the mandate – Father Pavone reiterated that, regardless of the judge’s findings, “We will not obey this mandate. We do not adapt to injustice. We oppose it.”

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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“International Day for the Abolition of Slavery” Should Include the Unborn

Monday, December 2nd, 2013





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December is “Universal Human Rights Month,” and is kicked off on December 2, with the “International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.” Yet the weakest and most vulnerable of human beings, babies in the womb, are not included in the text that promises to protect human beings from the horrific trafficking that still occurs on our planet.

Often when people think of slavery and human trafficking, they think of the plight of African American slaves which ended with the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago. Or they think of the “White Slave Trade” that has been publicized so often. However, today in America and around the globe, women, children, men and even babies are all victims of human trafficking which includes harvesting for body parts, sexual exploitation, brutal child labor, forced marriage, forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict and other heinous acts of human acts of inhumanity towards those who should be our brothers and sisters. We are one human race for God’s sake. How can human beings be so cruel as to commit acts of horror against other human beings?

There is a popular film out today that depicts acts of children being drafted for combat against each other, fighting to the death until the last child is left standing. Other films portraying teenage girls being sold into sex trade and sometimes rescued by their parents attempt to shed some light on the problem, but they don’t scratch the surface. Yes, we should be concerned about children and young adults, and all victims of human trafficking. But what about the unborn babies who are like slaves in the wombs of their mothers, with no say over whether the abortion drugs or knives will snuff out their young lives? Babies are like slaves, trapped inside wombs that all too often become tombs when surgical and chemical warfare snuffs out their lives before they have their day in court.

A post on the UN Website notes that “The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

Today, 21 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has teamed up with prominent artists, athletes and advocates in its new campaign to End Slavery Now.

In 2007 the UN marked the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on 25 March. In 2008 the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade became an annual observance.”

Friends, we are dealing with a three-headed monster, racism, reproductive genocide and sexual perversion , which includes human trafficking. While I fully agree with the effort to end all forms of human trafficking, I implore the UN and participating forces to include the babies in the womb, who also deserve our prayers and our mercy.

The situation is getting so bad that I’m beginning to have dreams (and nightmares).






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Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013





Philippians 1: 3Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Thanksgiving 2013

Below are just a few highlights of events over the summer and now into the fall, looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Please check out my revamped website at www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican to see new videos and reports.

Also, King for America is now history as Alveda King Ministries is being birthed. Check out the new website at www.alvedakingministries.com.

Thank you for your prayers and know that you are in my heart and my prayers as well. God bless you, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

1. Check out March on Washington video at www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican.
2. Interview for The Tennessean Newspaper with Anita Waswani, October 29, 2013. Topic: Upcoming trip to Heartbeat for Life Banquet Event.
3. Interview on Bill LuMaye Show with Bill LuMaye, November 12, 2013. Topic: Story of Bill Schultz passing out educational materials to students at a high school. (Navigate to Nov. 12, 2013 for interview)

1. 12 Years A Slave: Man’s (and Woman’s) Inhumanity to Humanity, October 23, 2013.
2. Thank you Senator Graham, November 6, 2013.
3. Turn About is Fair Play in the Pro-Life/Anti-Life Campaign, November 8, 2013
4. Teacher Under Siege Over Planned Parenthood Debacle, November 12, 2013.






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Fr. Pavone: A good day for religious liberty!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 26, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement about the Supreme Court’s decision to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate.

“It’s a good day for religious liberty. The U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear lawsuits brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties against the HHS mandate means this unjust requirement will get a full airing.

“We are watching this case with great interest at Priests for Life, since we also have filed suit against the mandate. Its so-called accommodation for religious employers was, in reality, no accommodation at all.”

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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Fr. Pavone: ‘We are called to love them both’

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 26, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today welcomed “The Joy of the Gospel,” the first apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis.

“The Pope reaffirmed the Church’s never-ending defense of the unborn, and urged a greater effort to help women facing difficult pregnancies,” Father Pavone said. “This is the heart of the Gospel teaching and it is always relevant.”

“The pro-life movement has long said that we are called to love them both, mother and unborn child. In fact, we are called to love them all, fathers included. We will continue to spread this message and make sure the Pope’s words are heard by all the faithful.”

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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Break Abortion’s Heavy Yoke In Africa, America And Around The World

Thursday, November 21st, 2013





While America is sleeping, the population control machine is roaring across the globe, with Africa being a major focal point.

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As an African American woman, I remain deeply concerned that there remains a stain on human dignity that takes the form of reproductive genocide. No matter how they package the message, abortion and manufactured contraceptives that are linked to breast cancer, cervical cancer, emotional trauma and dead babies are all part of an inhumane crusade to advance the eugenicist creed. Africa is the “Mother Land” to the human race, and to attack the wombs of the women of Africa and call it reproductive freedom is a heartless lie aimed at the advancement of the human race. Please read what two women have to report about the Mega Population Control Conference in Addis Ababa:

Marie Smith, wife of US Congressman Christ Smith, and head of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues writes:

“The recent mega population control conference in Addis Ababa, 2013 International Conference on Family Planning: Full Access, Full Choice, was attended by over 3,000 individuals, and centered on the massive selling of a western ideology that views people as a problem and children as detriments to development to be avoided at all costs, including by destruction in abortion. The final statement from the meeting–Family Planning and the Post-2015 Development Framework: Achieving Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights– included a call for governments to ensure that universal access to the full range of “sexual and reproductive health services” is included in the post-2015 framework.

“International Planned Parenthood Federation targeted African respect for family, love for children and opposition to abortion for change through promotion of the Value Clarification and Attitude Transformation (VCAT) toolkit designed to “overcome” cultural and religious beliefs against abortion and expand access to abortion in Africa.

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“This well-funded conference, with a core group of donors that included Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, United Nations Foundation, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, IPPF, Marie Stopes International, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, causes us to pause and reflect on the present day struggle over respect for life and human dignity which so often appears to be a David vs Goliath scenario, especially in regards to funding.

“However, African values cherish the family, including vulnerable preborn and newborns, who continue to die in unacceptably large numbers–globally 1 million newborns died in the first minute after birth in 2012.

“African opposition to abortion is a vexation to pro-abortion NGOs which have to invest time, effort, and money in attempts to overcome the natural abhorrence and rejection of abortion in Africa–a concept of killing that is foreign to many Africans, including the woman in Uganda who once asked me, “What is this thing, abortion?”

“PNCI defers to a modern day “David” in the battle for a culture of life in Africa for her insightful comments on the conference. Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life Africa, is a welcome addition to the global struggle over the sanctity of life as she presents an insightful and heartfelt critique of the push for abortion and population control in Africa.”

Marie is joined by Obianuju Ekeocha who writes:

Turning up the Heat of Population Control in Africa

“Last week, the heavy noose of population control was placed around the neck of Africa as the Gates Foundation hosted what they called, the biggest family planning event in history with about 3000 attendees.

“The International Conference on Family Planning Addis Ababa was a 4-day event which had so many tentacles targeting almost every layer of the African society- women, men, youth, singles, married, professionals, academicians, politicians, celebrities, dignitaries and law makers.

“They featured an impressive line-up of key note speakers that included the most influential African movers, shakers and leaders.

“There were also international and western organizations who were there to support and strengthen the core purpose of the conference – population control of Africa.

“Their theme was “full access , full choice”

“But the real question the world should be asking at this point is – Access to what? Choice of what?

“Africa is home to millions of people who have no access at all to basic education or even basic healthcare.

“Most of us know or have friends or family members who have no choice in their impoverished situations.

“And yet, a hand full of people who have access to the greatest material wealth in the world come to us to tell us that what Africans need most is full access to sex without attachments.

“Terms like LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) were thrown around a lot during this conference. Emergency (abortifacient) contraception was put on a pedestal. Increasing access to Abortion was also another major area of discussion. African leaders in attendance were highly encouraged to increase their national budget and schemes for birth control. Adolescent “friendly” contraception initiatives were also flaunted for the young and supposedly unmarried ones as some of the western speakers and officials described and labelled African societies as “judgmental” in considering sex outside of marriage.

“To convene in Africa some of the most brilliant minds from around the world only to deliberate and discuss the best ways of getting the most effective birth control into the most remote parts of Africa. To bring in sexual and reproductive rights giants like International Planned Parenthood Federation so as to have them encourage sexual hedonism among our African youth. To have well known pro-abortion organizations like Ipas speaking on increasing and expanding access to abortion in Africa. To bring in medical “experts” from halfway across the world so as to have them teach, demonstrate and simulate second trimester D & E abortions

This is heart-breaking for the entire Continent of Africa!

“Going through some of these presentations, I was brought to tears for my people who lack and want so much to have access to even the most basic tools of development and all they get is the neo imperialists telling them how great things will be for them if they have “full access and full choice” of the finest contraceptive paraphernalia, tools and devices that will give them unconstrained and unrestrained sexual freedom.

“We are thirsty and they give us condoms! We are hungry and they offer us contraceptive pills! We are sick and they offer us the most modern techniques of abortion! We are naked and they lead us into the arms of sexual hedonism! We are imprisoned by poverty and they offer us sexual liberation!!!

“Silent tears roll down for Africa in a modern world that can neither see our pain nor hear our cry for help.

“We mourn deeply because of the destructive seeds of sexual revolution which were sown last week in Addis Ababa.

“The pain is almost unbearable to imagine the effects of a sexual revolution on a Continent that is already heavily laden with much human suffering.

“And so we weep bitterly.

“We weep not just for ourselves but for our children who will reap the devastating dividends of this extensive contraceptive project in the future.

“Ever since Melinda Gates unveiled and unleashed her extensive and expensive contraception project in Africa more than a year ago, millions of dollars have been spent across the Continent leading to a reactive trend of events like the increased efforts among our African leaders to expand access to contraception, the launching of more population control initiatives in various parts of Africa, the stronger and more insistent push for legalized abortion in many African countries, the increased amounts of government money being diverted (from other development projects) to be channeled into providing birth control and subsequently, an undeniable increase in the usage of artificial contraception in almost all parts of Africa. And yet the lives of the African women have not improved at all. They may be having more vacuous and sterile sex which is free from conception on every day of the month and every month of the year but they are certainly not better fed, they are not healthier, and they are not even more educated than before Melinda’s project and therefore they are not more empowered. This project has failed the African women on every single note!

“I have begged and appealed to Melinda Gates last year when she tripped the switch of population control in Africa and I will readily do it again today with much respect where it is due.

“The African women deserve so much more than this humanitarian project that promises them nothing more than sexual liberty above all else.

“And as you inadvertently flood our nations with birth control pills, injectables, Intra Uterine devices and condoms, our culture is being drowned out by your own, our priority is being replaced by your own, our opinion is being eclipsed by your own and our value is being swallowed up by your own.

“We highly respect, and dare not define, your western sensitivities and values, please mercifully respect our own African sensitivities and values.

“The African women deserve to stand proudly among the women of the world within the context of their own cultural sensitivities and values. They deserve to be recognized in the full esteem and stature of their radiant African femininity, beauty, and dignity that is firmly rooted in a vibrant culture of life and family.”






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Fr. Pavone: Albuquerque Effort To End Late-Term Abortion Is Just A First Step

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 19, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement regarding the defeat of a proposed 20-week ban on abortion in Albuquerque:

“Pro-lifers in Albuquerque and elsewhere should not feel discouraged about the defeat of the effort to protect unborn babies from 20 weeks forward. It is a brilliant strategy and we will see to it that this effort is introduced in other cities and states. The fact is, of course, that children have in fact been saved through this effort, simply because we have raised the issue of fetal pain, which does not even cross the minds of many abortionists.

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and already passed by the House. This effort in Albuquerque has helped raise awareness of the inhumanity of a procedure that can no longer hide behind the euphemism of choice. We will build on that awareness to pass this measure on the federal level.

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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