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NARAL Donors Will Pass Through a Gauntlet of Regret En Route to Roe “Celebration”

Thursday, January 30th, 2014





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January 30, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — When NARAL Pro-Choice America and its supporters meet in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 4 to celebrate 41 years of legal abortion – and the 55 million children killed since 1973 – the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be there to provide a dose of the truth.

For the ninth consecutive year, Nancy Tanner, regional coordinator for Northern Virginia, and other women from the campaign will hold their iconic signs that say, “I Regret My Abortion,” both before and after the dinner at the Washington Hilton.

“The NARAL attendees – who in the past have included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many of the nation’s top pro-choice lawmakers – have to pass through this silent gauntlet before they can ‘celebrate’ the fact that millions of American women have been hurt by this procedure,” said Ms. Tanner. “We don’t speak a word, but we know they hear our message.”

In the past, she said, women headed into the banquet will say quietly to her that they, too, regret their abortions, then urge her to keep her message to herself.

“This is the truth of abortion,” she said. “Even women who call themselves pro-choice know this procedure is bad for women, but they are afraid to speak out. We are not afraid to tell the truth.”

Ms. Tanner said women — men are welcome as well — from the campaign will meet at the hotel at 6:30 p.m., with their signs. After all the NARAL party-goers are inside, the Silent No More contingent will have dinner at another location, but will be back in position before the abortion celebration is over.

“It’s not an easy thing to be among these women who are so hostile to our message,” Ms. Tanner said. “But it’s vital they see us there. We can’t miss an opportunity to bring them face-to-face with the truth.”

Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, said the pro-choice movement is built on the assumption that abortion is a good choice for women.

“But the women who have actually made that choice know it was the worst decision they could have made,” she said. “That’s why they are Silent No More.”

To arrange an interview with Ms. Tanner, contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or leslie@silentnomore.com

The Washington Hilton is at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,715 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,325 gatherings in 48 states and 17 countries. More than 14,979 people representing 77 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 2,014 testimonies posted here, with over 293 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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Fr. Pavone Calls HR7 ‘Urgently Needed Legislation’

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014





Priests for Life

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Date: January 29, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

“Priests for Life is very pleased that the House of Representatives has passed HR 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This is sensible and urgently needed legislation. While 221 Republicans voted for the measure, only 6 Democrats did, making one wonder what it is about being a Democrat that makes it so attractive to pay for child-killing. For that matter, the same can be asked of President Obama, who indicated he would veto the legislation, should it reach his desk.”

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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“GIMME SHELTER” is a Family Friendly Inspiring Movie Masterpiece

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014





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Once upon a time before the world went crazy, there were compassionate people who opened shelters for unwed mothers, offering refuge and care for women and their babies in their desperate times of need. In the 21st Century, we call these shelters “pregnancy care centers.” The setting for much of the riveting new “GIMME SHELTER” movie is a Pregnancy Care Center.

The movie is modeled after a true story in which a young woman, estranged from her pitiful drug addicted mother, and virtually unknown to her well to do father finds herself alone and pregnant. After several brushes with death and skirmishes with the law and her parents, she finds an unlikely refuge. We quickly fall in love with her, the shelter, and her new friends.

I understand why the producers of the film insist that it isn’t just about a prolife message because while the message “choose life” reverberates in the movie, the totality of the telling is much more comprehensive than one would imagine. There is a struggle to overcome bureaucracy, familial dysfunction and even implied racism in the film. Friendship, loyalty, faith, love and grace abound on the screen.

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include a scripture in this review, so here we go. Caregivers in the desired “shelter” reminded me of the midwives in the Bible. Where we are surrounded by the Pharaohs of Planned Parenthood here in the 21st Century, we discover in this film that there are still those who have not bowed their knees to the baals of greed that cause women to make desperate choices in seemingly hopeless moments. Yes, there are angels in disguise, and we meet some of them in the movie. They remind me of the midwives in Exodus chapter one.

“Behold, the people… are too many and too mighty for us… come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply… But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king… commanded them, so God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong.”

Compassion is an act of obedience and humility; an act that says “yes, I’m my brother’s and my sister’s keeper.” The midwives in Exodus were humble, obedient and compassionate. This expression of the love of Christ is predominant in the movie although one wouldn’t come away feeling that they had gone to a religious movie. Evil was confronted and overcome by good in a very realistic way in the movie.

Dealers and traffickers of drugs, greed, abortion and evil in general are enemies to life and family. Yet, there is shelter in the storm. While the film was primarily about a woman’s search for shelter, the role of the father in the life of his children was also poignantly addressed. But I come to close to the plot so I’ll leave something to your imagination until you get to the theater. Don’t wait too long!

My daughter and I went to see the movie, and she was moved to tears. It was a powerfully emotional experience for me as well. Since I don’t want to make this review into a spoiler, I’ll contain my zeal and end this review by urging you to see the film.

Watch the trailer at www.gimmeshelterthemovie.com.

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Priests for Life Asks Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Challenge

Monday, January 27th, 2014





Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 27, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review its challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive services mandate.

Attorneys from the American Freedom Law Center have invoked a special rule of the Supreme Court to ask for a review even before there has been a ruling on the challenge from the United States Court of Appeals. The petition says the case is of such “imperative public importance” that it requires an immediate ruling from the Supreme Court.

Specifically, the petition asks whether the contraceptive services mandate of the Affordable Care Act as applied to non-exempt, nonprofit religious organizations, such as Priests for Life, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

In the petition, Robert Muise, American Freedom Law Center co-founder and senior counsel, noted that the Court this term will hear a challenge to the mandate filed by owners of for-profit businesses who claim their free exercise of religion is violated by the mandate. Because the mandate also applies to non-exempt faith-based non-profits, “it will serve the public interest by having this matter resolved immediately for all affected parties.”

Muise also said the Priests for Life suit, filed on behalf of the organization; its National Director, Father Frank Pavone; Executive Director, Janet Morana, and Director of African-American Outreach, Dr. Alveda King, is “uniquely situated to advance this important challenge.”

The petition notes that Priests for Life — one of the first groups to sue against the HHS mandate — is particularly well-suited to launch such a lawsuit. Not only does the mandate violate its religious freedom, as is true of so many other religious organizations, employers, and businesses, but in this case the organization exists precisely to fight the evils that the mandate seeks to expand.

Priests for Life was founded in 1991 “to spread … the Catholic Church’s position and central teaching regarding the value and inviolability of human life.” Contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients are all instruments of the culture of death, the petition declares, “and their use can never be approved, endorsed, facilitated, promoted, or supported in any way. Thus, this challenge goes to the very core of Priests for Life’s corporate raison d’être.”

“The contraceptive services mandate has been challenged by many religious non-profits, with varying outcomes,” Father Pavone said. “Clearly the Supreme Court will have to rule on one or more of these challenges, and we believe the Priests for Life case cuts right to the heart of the matter. Whatever the outcome, we cannot and will not obey this mandate. We decide how to practice our religion. The government does not decide for us.”

To follow the history and progress of our case, visit 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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Governor Cuomo: I AM A (HU)MAN BEING

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014





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New York Governor Says No To Civil Rights

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says there’s no room for pro-lifers or natural marriage supporters in New York. “… they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are,” said Cuomo. Obviously Governor Cuomo doesn’t know many of the prolife people who live in New York, who they are and what they believe.

Many New Yorkers including my boss Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization and based in New York, would disagree.

Perhaps the Governor should read the Bible. God says to choose life. Is there no room for life in New York, Governor Cuomo? There is room for life at the welcoming table of Jesus Christ, because life and love are part of God’s gift to humanity. Let’s be honest, everybody living needs God’s love, whether they realize it or not. And all human beings make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, so we could all use a good dose of repentance. There’s no room for self-righteousness, just a good dose of Agape Love and Repentance.

Then too, in the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. there’s room for everybody. Yes, we’re all in need of love and forgiveness and there’s a lot of that to go around. We can all recover if we just learn to love each other. This is the basis of human rights, civil rights and social justice. The right for everyone to be born, and to live is actually the first and most basic of human and civil rights.

“The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. …Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.” – MLK 1967 Christmas Sermon

The New York Governor is actually denying us our civil rights, our Constitutional rights, our human rights. The opportunity to speak out and say what we believe as long as we are loving, gracious, and kind should never be denied any human being.

Yesterday, on my birthday, January 22, I took a few moments to somberly reflect that I’m not truly free and won’t be until the babies are free. Babies and their parents, mothers and fathers, are being denied the opportunities to live happy and productive lives and enjoy genuine civil and human rights including the right to be born and live by people seated in high place in misused seats of power.

For example, we have a temporary injunction against the HHS Mandate order requiring that Priests for Life, where I am Director of African American Outreach, has to pay to provide our employees with easy access to carcinogenic contraceptives and easy access to abortion even though our mission and purpose is to inform the public about the harm and damage these very agents can cause in a family’s life. And Governor Cuomo would deny us the right to free speech and would actually deny us the right to live in New York if we should so choose, unless we give up our right to freedom of speech. Tsk, tsk, tsk and shame on him! I guess he’s not going to invite the Pope to visit New York either.

So let’s shout it out in New York while the sun is still shining – babies are still being aborted in America. Until that stops and everybody has the right to see the light of day, there are no civil rights in New York or anywhere else people are being denied the right to grow healthy families.

I’m on the way home from the very successful observance of the 41st March for Life in Washington activities. Still have hope; still praying that truth is marching on.






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Honoring Uncle MLK remembering Daddy today

Monday, January 20th, 2014





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Today we honor my uncle, Dr. MLK in accordance with the themes led by my cousin King Center CEO Bernice King, “NO SHOTS FIRED: A Day On Not a Day Off! In addition she is urging 100 Days of Nonviolence: abstain from violence, the tongue and the fist. For me this includes abortion providers not closing their fists around scalpels, forceps and bottle caps to snuff out the lives of babies in the womb which not only kills the babies but often kills or hurts their mothers and destroys the dreams of their fathers.

My father, Rev. AD King and my mother chose life for me 63 years ago. Praise God. I hope you will pray with us that God will heal our land. 2 Chronicles 7:14.

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Fr. Pavone: Preaching Against Abortion is Neither Judgmental Nor Political

Saturday, January 18th, 2014





Priests for Life

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Date: January 17, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today in preparation for the observance of Sanctity of Life Sunday on Jan. 19.

“It’s been 30 years since President Ronald Reagan designated Jan. 22, 1984, as Sanctity of Human Life Day, to coincide what was then the 11th anniversary of the tragic and unjust Roe v. Wade decision. So many Churches, of all denominations, continue to mark the third Sunday of January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

“Today we remind every pastor in America that preaching against abortion does not mean we are judgmental, nor does it mean we are political. It simply means we stand with the weakest, most marginalized members of our society, the children still in the womb, and we stand ready to help their moms and dads welcome new life, despite the fears they may have.

“We at Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries are happy to provide resources for preaching at www.ProLifePreaching.com and for prayer at www.PrayerCampaign.org,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

The premier prayer event marking this month of prayer and preaching on abortion will be held on Wednesday, January 22 in Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, and Fr. Pavone will deliver the sermon. See www.NationalPrayerService.com for details.

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 to celebrate MLK legacy with King family in Atlanta

Friday, January 17th, 2014





Priests for Life

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Date: January 17, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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On Monday, Jan. 21, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will join Dr. Alveda King and her family in Atlanta for observances of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Father Pavone has been honoring the legacy of the late civil rights leader with the King family for more than a decade.

“It’s been my honor to spend this time with the King family and to be part of the historic celebrations that annually mark the birth of America’s pre-eminent civil rights leader,” Father Pavone said.

He added that the proximity of the holiday with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision serves as a good reminder that when we talk about the “unfinished business” of fulfilling the dream of Dr. King, first on the list is restoring the right to life to the children in the womb, and ending the violence of abortion.

Dr. Alveda King, the full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, said that when Father Pavone joins her family onstage at the culmination of the main ceremony at Ebenezer Baptist Church, “We are reminded that with abortion, we still have much to overcome. We still need civil rights for the babies.”

Father Pavone will preach a sermon at 11 a.m. Sunday at Bible Believers Church, 3689 Campbellton Rd. SW in Atlanta. He also will be at the Salute to Greatness Dinner Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

“As we celebrate all that Dr. King was able to accomplish, I want to invite everyone to read and sign on to the statement that some members of the King Family have signed called The Beloved Community and the Unborn. It expresses, above all, what we should be thinking and talking about during this upcoming week of pro-life and civil rights events,” Father Pavone said.

The statement can be found at www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/beloved-community-and-the-unborn.htm.

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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Sometimes Father Frank comes to my church…

Friday, January 17th, 2014





Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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Dear Friends,

As my January update I’d like to invite you to a couple of very special events in Atlanta if you’re going to be in the area. If not, please call and ask your friends to come. We’ll be seeking the will and heart of God in Atlanta and DC as we remember the legacy of my uncle, Dr. MLK and also during the March for Life.

On Friday, January 17, 2014, some of my very dear friends will be gifting us with a special concert. Atlanta, GA – The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change invites us to Join The King Center and a concerto of partners on Friday, January 17, 2014 for “A Tribute to the Movement: Messages in the Music.” Admission is free.

The event begins at 8:00pm at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Horizon Sanctuary. Come and celebrate with King Center. Inc., The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The King Family Legacy Foundation, The MLK March Committee, Awspire Entertainment Group and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in a special event acknowledging Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s journey of Civil Rights in America and his 50 year legacy as a recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

The lineup with MC Twanda Black of KISS-104 includes famed gospel singer Lydia Pace, Grammy Award Winner Vernessa Mitchell, Dance Makers of Atlanta, MLK Re enactor Stephon Ferguson, Apostle Darryl Winston and Inner Court, Jean Childs Young Dance Troup, Jarrett Ellis, Michael Barnes, Alexis Cierra, Kathy Bertrand, Teresa Olison, Chosen Vessels Dance Company, God’s Girls, Rev. Ben Marshall, David Hammond, Farris Watkins, FLY and Sam Collier, and renowned organist Dr. Gregory McPhearson.

I wish everyone could and would attend. It promises to be a blessing!

Then, on Sunday, January 19, 2014, Father Frank Pavone, my boss will be preaching at my church in Atlanta, GA. Believers’ Bible Christian Church, 3689 Campbellton Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. And then the next day, he will join our family at the MLK Commemorative Service, then it’s on to DC for the National Prayer Service and the March for Life.

Again, I hope to see you along the way. If you can’t make it, check us out on line at www.priestsforlife.org for up to the minute reports on the March for Life events.

God bless you! Alveda

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From Inside the Walls of a Prison, a Story of Abortion Regret

Friday, January 17th, 2014





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January 13, 2014

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Can an abortion experience play a role in a man’s descent into criminal activity?

The answer is yes, according to inmates at a maximum correctional facility in Florida.

The Diocese of Palm Beach has begun offering the abortion recovery program Rachel’s Vineyard for men at the Martin Correctional Institution who feel they need healing for the role they played in an abortion. And this year, for the first time ever, the testimony of an inmate will be read during the Silent No More Awareness Campaign gathering at the March for Life.

Kevin Burke, leader of Silent No More’s Fatherhood Forever initiative, will read the testimony.

“I had the opportunity earlier this month to spend time with some of the inmates who are involved in Rachel’s Vineyard in Florida, and I saw with my own eyes the transformation taking place within the prison walls,” Burke said. “When 100 inmates were asked if they had ever played a role in an abortion, and if it affected their lives, an astonishing 90 percent said yes. This speaks volumes about how abortion is affecting our whole society.”

Approximately 60 women and men from Silent No More also will give their testimony during the annual gathering, which takes place in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building immediately after the March for Life.

“It takes an amazing amount of courage and commitment for these post-abortive women and men to stand up in front of hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates to say ‘I regret my abortion,’ or ‘I regret my lost fatherhood,’ but they have been doing it every year since 2003,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “They do it because they want people to know the truth about abortion. They are the voice of experience.”

“We want to share the truth and be part of the culture of change,” said Silent No More co-founder Georgette Forney, who had an abortion when she was a teenager. “We don’t want another 40 years of legal abortion in this country. It hurts too much.”

To arrange interviews with anyone from Silent No More, or to find out if someone from your area will be speaking at the gathering, please contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or leslie@silentnomore.com

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,715 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,325 gatherings in 48 states and 17 countries. More than 14,979 people representing 77 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 2,014 testimonies posted here, with over 293 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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