Archive for January, 2016

Fr. Pavone: When a Human Heart is Beating, Life Has Begun

Monday, January 25th, 2016

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Date: January 25, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear heartbeat bills from North Dakota and Arkansas that would protect babies from abortion once a heartbeat can be detected.

“Anyone who still questions when life begins has to at least admit that when a human heart is beating, life has begun. The Supreme Court’s unfortunate decision not to review the North Dakota or Arkansas cases regarding heartbeat laws means continued delay in protecting those beating hearts. In the meantime, we at Priests for Life are making our voice heard in the Supreme Court regarding the Texas case, which will be argued on March 2 and in which we are submitting a friend of the court brief. Moreover, we have the court’s attention in our own Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate, which the Court has accepted and will argue in March as well.”

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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Kansas Court Decision and the March for Life – More Steps to Take Says Fr. Frank Pavone

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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Date: January 22, 2016

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Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said today that the Kansas Court of Appeals’ seven-to-seven vote on the Kansas law protecting babies from dismemberment abortion will add an extra urgency to today’s March for Life.

“The Kansas court’s tie vote on a law that states unborn babies cannot be killed by having their arms, legs, and heads torn from their bodies means that a lower court judge’s radical ruling still stands,” said Fr. Pavone. “But the decision is also a reminder to the hundreds of thousands marching for life in Washington, D.C. today that while we have come a long way, we have many more steps to take and prayers to pray to protect our brothers and sisters in the womb.”

The Kansas Court of Appeals, in a rare tie decision issued by the full court this morning, let stand a judge’s decision that held that the Kansas Constitution contains a right to abortion that’s independent from any created by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. The case is almost certain to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

“As the court was announcing its ruling this morning, I was honoring Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at an interdenominational Constitution Hall ceremony for signing the first-in-the-nation anti-dismemberment bill into law,” added Fr. Pavone. “These simultaneous events illustrate that the battle for the unborn child’s civil rights will go back and forth for now. We know, however, that the truth of that child’s humanity will ultimately triumph over the lies of the abortion industry

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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Gov. Brownback and all Kansans to be Honored with National Pro-Life Award at Jan. 22 Service

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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Date: January 20, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback — and the people of Kansas and their legislators — will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award at the 22nd annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Brothers and Sisters, to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, said: “Each year, this award is given to someone who has served the unborn in a profound and exemplary way. In 2015, Gov. Brownback signed a law, the first in the nation, to protect children from dismemberment abortion. We have supported and spoken about the need for this kind of measure for many years, and the governor’s commitment to protecting preborn children from the pain of dismemberment abortion led all of us in the pro-life movement to recommit ourselves to helping pass this law in many more states across the nation.”

Gov. Brownback will attend the National Memorial to accept the award.

Soon after Gov. Brownback signed the bill, a county judge in Kansas blocked enforcement and father and daughter abortionists filed a lawsuit against it. The Kansas Court of Appeals has yet to render a decision.

“We pray this law will be enacted, and that the nation follows Kansas’s lead in protecting the unborn,” Father Pavone said.

Organizations that are co-sponsoring the National Memorial with the National Pro-Life Religious Council and Priests for Life include: American Values, Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project, Life Issues Institute, Americans United for Life, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), Alliance Defending Freedom and Catholics Called to Witness.

Serving on the Host Committee are: Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President, American Values; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church; Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life; Bradley Mattes, President and CEO, Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom; Dick and Sherley Bott, Bott Radio Network, and Rich Bott, President and CEO, Bott Radio Network.

The National Memorial for the Pre-born is an interdenominational prayer service. It will be preceded by a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. in Constitution Hall. Large groups can be easily accommodated in the venue, and no tickets or reservations are required. The event will take place regardless of the weather.

Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 17th Street. For more information about the National Memorial, go to www.NationalPrayerService.com

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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Pray for Leaders and Candidates

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

160120 blog image“Pray for everyone you know… especially for rulers and governments…so we can be quietly about our business of living…” – ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1-3‬ ‭MSG

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When asked about Governor Palin’s recent endorsement, I told Neil Cavuto when he asked me about “The Trump phenomenon that: “Shake-ups aren’t always bad.”

In the upcoming days with all of the elections before us, let’s be mindful and prayerful because our nation and our world are in trouble. Let’s pray for all leaders and candidates and rely on God to guide us to the voting booths and obey God’s directions when we get there.

No politics as usual, no dirty tricks. It can’t be about our favorites this time. It’s not to be a personality contest because there’s too much at stake.

At the end of the day, we’ll need to vote for a winner. We need to be able to cast a vote without having participated in character assassinations in order to advance our favorites. We can’t afford to hate any candidate.

We need to overcome abortion, heal and strengthen the procreative family, combat poverty and violence and racism. We need to minimize war and put America back to work. We need to be free to worship God in the public square. We need to love each other in an Agape way; and as my Uncle MLK said: “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools.

Pray for America.

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2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upon the occasion of the 2016 MLK Holiday, may we thankfully remember in prayer the ministry of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “Let Freedom Ring” and “thank God that King had a dream.”

LET FREEDOM RING

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Fr. Pavone: Planned Parenthood’s Lawsuit Will Help Expose the Truth

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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Date: January 14, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress.

“Like the Center for Medical Progress, I welcome this lawsuit. When all the facts are known about Planned Parenthood and its harvesting of the limbs and organs of pre-born children, Americans will realize the depths of corruption that reach to the highest levels of the nation’s largest abortion business.

“Planned Parenthood also has more exposure to look forward to, because I am working with Life Dynamics to bring leaders together next month to plan more infiltration and undercover activity within the abortion industry.”

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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Prayer and Protest Outside D.C. Planned Parenthood, Jan. 21

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

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Date: January 14, 2016

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Fr. Pavone: “We’ve only just begun our offensive against Planned Parenthood”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, will lead a national prayer vigil at the construction site of a new Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C., from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 21.

“Many other pro-life leaders and activists will join in prayer and protest to stop the construction of this building and to protest the actions of Planned Parenthood nationwide,” Father Pavone said. “At the vigil I will announce an ongoing prayer campaign and some practical steps everyone can take throughout the year with the aim of shutting down the nation’s largest abortion business.”

Father Pavone also will announce a new initiative of the pro-life movement to further probe Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

“More people will be going undercover throughout the abortion industry,” he promised.

Prayers for the vigil can be found at PrayerCampaign.org The rally will take place outside 1225 4th St. NE

To set up an interview with Father Pavone, contact Leslie Palma, communications director of Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or 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 www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life Leaders Praise Congressman for Statements on Abortion

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

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Date: January 13, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, issued the following statement today to support Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) after he was criticized by the Congressional Black Caucus for statements he made about abortion in the African-American community

“We commend Congressman Sean Duffy for pointing out the obvious, namely, that far too many African-American leaders are ignoring the devastating impact abortion is having on black lives. Death by forceps or bullets is death all the same.

Alveda’s uncle, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

Father Pavone and Dr. King commented: “The silence of the Congressional Black Caucus in defending unborn African-American lives truly is disturbing. How many deaths will it take for its members to defend our community – the human community, born and unborn?

“Congressman Duffy spoke the truth in love. If members of the Congressional Black Caucus or any other persons are offended by the truth, they need to examine themselves, not criticize the messenger.”

Dr. King has been addressing the issue of the silence of not just the Congressional Black Caucus but many prominent Black leaders over the disheartening and disproportionate rates of abortion among the Black community most notably in another open letter in July of 2015 amid the Planned Parenthood controversy over the selling of baby body parts.

In related matters, Dr. King addressed the issue of gun violence and abortion in an open letter to President Obama, and Father Pavone commended Iowa Rep. Steve King for his decision to leave his seat empty for the unborn during the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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Fr. Pavone Salutes Iowa Congressman for Empty Chair

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

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Date: January 12, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today saluted the efforts of Iowa Congressman Steve King, who announced he will leave an empty chair for the unborn at tonight’s State of the Union address.

“This kind of witness is exactly what’s needed to break through the blind spot that President Obama, the Democratic party and so many of the American people have about the unborn,” said Father Pavone. “There are 9 million children killed since President Obama took office, and they must be acknowledged.”

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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Inspirational Singer Tony Melendez to Perform at Jan. 22 National Memorial for the Pre-Born

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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Date: January 12, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 1962, those fighting for the legalization of abortion rallied around a children’s television host from Arizona who had taken pills her husband brought back from Europe. The pills were the now-infamous thalidomide, a drug that impacted the development of children in the womb, causing thousands to be born with missing or shortened limbs. The woman became a cause célèbre, and eventually flew to Sweden to end the life of her unborn child.

That same year, and with no fanfare, a young woman in Nicaragua who had been prescribed thalidomide for morning sickness gave birth to a son with no arms. Fitted with prosthetic limbs as a child, at 10 he would shake them off for good because he was more comfortable using his feet.

That child was Tony Melendez, a guitarist and songwriter who for more than 30 years has been inspiring audiences around the nation and world with his talent, his faith, and his witness.

Melendez will perform Jan. 22 during the 22nd annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers at Constitution Hall in D.C. The interdenominational prayer service takes place every year on the morning of the March for Life, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

“Tony played for Pope John Paul II and sang the National Anthem to open a World Series game,” noted Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, sponsors of the prayer service. “He is married and a father. Where other people might have seen limits, he saw only opportunity. He is the perfect person to remind our audience – and the world – that every human life has dignity and purpose.”

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will attend the National Memorial to accept the National Pro-Life Recognition Award on behalf of all the citizens of Kansas and their legislators. Kansas was the first state to pass a law to protect unborn children from dismemberment abortion.

The National Memorial is the premier prayer event marking the tragic commemoration of Roe vs. Wade. For those who wish, there will be a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. Doors open at 7 a.m. Admission is free, no tickets are required, and large groups are welcome.

Organizations co-sponsoring the National Memorial with the National Pro-Life Religious Council and Priests for Life include: American Values, Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project, Life Issues Institute, Americans United for Life, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), Alliance Defending Freedom and Catholics Called to Witness.

Serving on the Host Committee are: Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President, American Values; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church; Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life; Bradley Mattes, President and CEO, Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO, Americans United for Life; Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom; Dick and Sherley Bott, Bott Radio Network, and Rich Bott, President and CEO, Bott Radio Network.

Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 17th Street. For more information about the National Memorial, go to www.NationalPrayerService.com.

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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