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Supreme Court Grants Review in Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate, along with Six Other Cases

Friday, November 6th, 2015

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November 6, 2015

Fr. Frank Pavone , National Director of Priests for Life, announced this afternoon that the US Supreme Court has accepted the Priests for Life case against HHS mandate.

Six other cases were also granted review by the Court, and they are listed below.

“This is a great day in our battle for religious freedom against the culture of death, which wants us to participate in the spread of abortion. We will not do so, and we look forward to making our case at the Supreme Court,” Fr. Pavone said.

“This is great news that the Court has granted cert in our case against the HHS mandate,” said Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life. “Along with the other cases that have been consolidated along with ours, it is particularly appropriate that Priests for Life has been fighting this mandate, since the very purpose of the organization is to oppose the very activities that the mandate supports, particularly abortion.”

In the Priests for Life case, plaintiffs included, along with the organization, the following people in their individual capacity: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The cases accepted against the HHS mandate today are as follows:

CERTIORARI GRANTED
14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS
15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

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Father Pavone on House Democrats Appointed to Select Committee: “We Will Expose Their Extremism”

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 5, 2015

Contact: Brian Young
347-286-7277

Washington, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

“Priests for Life applauds the creation of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, formed recently in the US House of Representatives. We will offer our assistance to this panel and its members as their work commences. We thank the Republican members of the panel, all of whom have shown themselves to be sensitive to the lives of infants, both in and outside of the womb.

“Priests for Life has noted that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has named the six Democrats who will sit on the panel. We want to put the Minority Leader, and the Democratic members, on notice from now that we are troubled by the way that they dismiss the right to life that the youngest infants have. They will not protect infant lives; instead they will protect the abortion industry. This is evidenced by their voting records, public comments, and behavior on other committees that have already held hearings on late term abortion. We will be in their face, both individually and collectively, to call them out on this and to expose their extremism to the people they represent.”

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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Priests for Life Announces Plans for 2016

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 3, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Elections and Continued Growth Mark Approach of 25th Anniversary

ORLANDO, FL – The Administration of Priests for Life, meeting in Florida for its annual strategic conference, announced initial plans today for the year 2016, emphasizing its role in the upcoming elections and clarifying the structure of its organization.

“In the year 2016, Priests for Life will reach the 25th anniversary of its initial founding,” explained National Director Fr. Frank Pavone. “We have changed a lot in that time, adapting to the needs of the pro-life movement and serving those who are committed to it.”

One of those key needs, as the Administrative team discussed, is the elections.

“Priests for Life has played a major role in our federal elections since the year 2000,” Fr. Frank stated, “and this year that role will surpass anything we have seen in the past. We will educate and mobilize voters, and we will urge Churches to rise above the self-censorship that comes from the baseless fear of losing our tax-exempt status.”

Fr. Frank’s new book, Abolishing Abortion, takes aims at the myths behind that fear, and will be a key educational tool in this election cycle.

“We are also using the occasion of our upcoming anniversary to review our history and clarify the current structure of our organization,” Fr. Frank said. The Administrative team is preparing a “25-year report” which will describe how the ministry has grown and diversified over the years.”

The report quotes a May 2015 letter from Priests for Life advisor Cardinal Renato Martino in which he states,

“At the inception of Priests for Life in 1991, when it was given recognition as a Catholic Association of the Faithful, it was a relatively small apostolate focused within the United States on assisting priests to proclaim the Gospel of Life.

“Since then it has grown and diversified into an entire family of ministries, and an international apostolate. While continuing to be faithful to your original vision of assisting and training the clergy, you have sought to follow the Spirit’s lead and respond to the needs of the pro-life movement, and therefore have integrated into your ministry the work of Rachel’s Vineyard, Silent No More, the Youth Outreach of Stand True, outreach to Hispanic and African-American communities, and much more.” (See attachment for full text of the Cardinal’s letter.)

As a result, Priests for Life has outgrown the statutes of the private association that was recognized in 1991. Now, instead, it has the same status as Catholic apostolates like EWTN and the Knights of Columbus, which are obviously committed to Catholic teaching but are not in the canonical category of associations of the faithful.

As part of the continued growth of Priests for Life, the Administrative team also announced that Executive Director Janet Morana has just been elected by the International Hope Alive Counselors’ Association (IHACA) to its board of directors as its secretary. IHACA is an international organization of counselors who specialize in healing the wounds of child abuse, neglect, and abortion.

“Priests for Life has worked closely with IHACA and its founder, Dr. Philip Ney, since the 1990′s,” Janet explained, “and this partnership enriches the extensive work Priests for Life does in post-abortion healing, a work that takes on special significance as we prepare for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.”

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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Healing Effort to Focus on Pro-Life Advocates in November

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Pro-life activists are often cursed at, spat on, occasionally assaulted and often reviled in the media. As difficult as that can be, what really can crush the spirit of some pro-lifers is knowing that, despite their best efforts, abortion continues to kill thousands of children every single day.

To help pro-lifers continue to carry the cross for the unborn, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion in November focuses on how activists and advocates can find healing for themselves.

“November gives us the opportunity to focus exclusively on how each abortion impacts pro-life advocates. We rejoice when we save lives; we also have to know how to grieve when the lives we tried to save are killed nonetheless,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which launched Shockwaves in January.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortionis a year-long international educational and pastoral effort to raise awareness about and minister to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion. Prayers and healing resources for each group are available at www.AbortionShockwaves.com

Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and a Shockwaves architect, recalled the experience of Mike Stack, an ultrasound technician and regional coordinator with Silent No More.

“As an ultrasound technician, Mike was influential in saving many babies. Yet there were those times he would view the child and the parents still chose to abort,” Burke said. “ It was not until he attended a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat that he was able to see the depth of the grief and pain he carried in his heart and soul and the blessing of grieving those children and entrusting them and their parents to the Lord.”

Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life, said she has witnessed first-hand the pain of pro-life advocates.

“Last year at the March for Life, an older woman came up to me crying, expressing the pain she felt for all the women who walked into the abortion clinic while she was a sidewalk counselor. Her grief was for their loss and the death of the children. I was grateful Father Frank was present to pray with her and affirm her grief. The change in her countenance, from when she came to me and afterwards, showed the power of acknowledging the loss felt by pro-lifers.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, agreed.

“Anyone who has spent any length of time outside an abortion clinic has experienced the pain of watching mothers walk through those doors and emerge hours later without their child,” she said. “Many pro-lifers do this kind of thing weekly, or more, for years and years. Shockwaves will both acknowledge their commitment to the unborn and help them deal with their grief and trauma.”

To arrange media interviews with Silent No More leaders or pro-life activists who have been impacted by abortion, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

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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