Archive for May, 2016

Fr. Pavone: Priests for Life Supreme Court Case Reminds Us That Next President Will Shape Nation for 40 Years

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Date: May 9, 2016

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NEW YORK — As Priests for Life awaits word from the Supreme Court on its case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, challenging the HHS mandate, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, said the case illustrates the importance of the 2016 elections.

“With the Supreme Court evenly divided along ideological lines, it becomes clear that how Americans vote in November will not only impact the next four years, but the next 40 years as well,” Father Pavone said. “The president and the Senate together shape the Supreme Court and the other federal courts. Depending on what party controls each branch of government, the court will move solidly to the right or to the left. The differences between the two parties on fundamental issues could not be more clear, more stark, or more extreme.”

Father Pavone has recorded a series of short videos to explain more about Priests for Life vs. HHS, the Supreme Court case in which Priests for Life is a petitioner along with 36 others. The videos can be found at www.MandateMinutes.com and are available for broadcast.

A list of talking points about the case can be found at www.IStandwithPFL.com.

“Voters who find themselves dissatisfied with the likely Democratic and Republican candidates have to look beyond the nominees themselves and understand the impact of a party, and its prevailing philosophies, not only on the next four years but on the next 40 years,” Father Pavone said. “Among other things, do we want to protect the unborn or do we want to continue to be a nation that sanctions the murder of its most vulnerable citizens?”

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 Thanks Alabama Legislature for Protective Legislation for Children

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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Date: May 6, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today urged Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to sign into law a bill to protect unborn babies from being dismembered.

“It’s hard to imagine a more horrible death than having your body torn apart while you’re in a state of helplessness, but that’s what dismemberment abortions do to babies in the womb,” said Fr. Pavone. “The fact that such a barbarous procedure is the most common method of second-trimester abortions is not a reason to let it continue, but rather a reason to protect children from it as soon as possible. That’s why Priests for Life has been promoting this kind of protective legislation both on the state and federal level for many years.”

The Alabama legislature has become the fifth in the nation to pass legislation protecting children from dismemberment abortions, by which a living baby’s arms, legs, and head are separated from his or her body by surgical instruments. The baby’s parts are then removed and reassembled on a table to ensure that none remain in the mother.

“Governor Bentley has been a stalwart defender of the unborn and their mothers. I thank the Alabama legislature, and all who have lobbied for this bill, for getting it to his desk to sign,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

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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Mom and Daughter to Share Pain of Abortion Loss at March for Life Canada

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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May 5, 2016

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OTTAWA, Ontario — The day Allison Pollard learned about the abortion her mother had before giving birth to her, things started to make sense.

“I was 23 years old and the single mom of a 3-year-old daughter,” she recalled about the day 15 years ago when her mother, Anita Sonntag, told her and her younger sister about the abortion.

“We all cried. My sister and I hurt for our mother and we mourned our brother,” she said. “It’s hard to describe the feeling but it’s like we gained and lost a brother in the same sentence.”

Both mother and daughter will give their testimony at this year’s National March for Life Canada on May 12 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, said 13 women and men will speak about their abortion regret during a gathering at 2:45 p.m.

Last year, Allison stood with her mom, holding a sign that says “I Mourn My Aborted Sibling.” This year she will speak up for her brother.

Anita also remembers the day she told her daughters about their aborted brother, although she doesn’t know why she chose that exact moment to reveal the secret she kept buried for so long. She hadn’t been through healing yet, nor had her pro-life activism begun.

“I think at first they didn’t want to believe it,” Anita said of her daughters. “Then they came and hugged me. I think we were all crying.”

That day began a healing journey for both Allison and Anita. For Allison, things began to make sense.

“I wouldn’t say that I was always aware that I had an older brother but I did feel that I didn’t belong in the role of oldest sibling,” she said. “Someone was missing.”

Anita has been active as the Regional Coordinator for Saskatchewan for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign since 2008. In 2015, the campaign launched a new initiative called Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, an effort to reach out to all the different groups of people impacted by an abortion. When Anita read some of the work of Dr. Philip Ney on sibling survivors that was included on the Shockwaves website, she discovered “it was like Allison’s life story.”

When Allison went to a Rachel’s Vineyard healing retreat at a site where Anita was on the team, both thought it would be best if Anita did not attend Allison’s sessions.

“Knowing she was in there, it was like, what did I do to this child of mine,” Anita said. And now that Allison is sharing her story in public, Anita said, “I thought it would bother me, because I’m responsible – the cause – of a lot of her pain. But it’s OK, I’m glad she’s doing it.”

Janet Morana and Georgette Forney, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in the U.S. in 2002, will be joining the March for Life gathering once again this year.

“Like the U.S., Canada has no limits on abortion,” Mrs. Steenstra said. “But unlike the U.S., the Canadian government pays for abortion. Through the Campaign, we hope to reach those who have not yet made the choice for abortion, to help them change their minds. And we also want to reach men and women, like us, who did make that choice and deeply regret it. Healing is available for everyone impacted by abortion.”

The Campaign began November 11, 2002. As of January 2016, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,582 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,978 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 117 high schools and universities in the last 5 years, 14 in 2015. There are 2,405 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 395 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,049 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries.

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 of Priests for Life Praises Kansas Legislature for Pro-life Measures

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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Date: May 3, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, praised the Kansas legislature for two pro-life measures that it has passed and sent to the desk of Governor Brownback. One measure would prohibit midwives from performing abortions, the other would make permanent an annual budget provision that ensures state family planning funds be given to entities that do not perform abortions.

“Governor Brownback, a longtime friend of Priests for Life, is committed to enacting pro-life legislation. This is why Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council recently honored him with our Pro-life Recognition Award on the day of the national March for Life in Washington,” Fr. Pavone explained. “We are delighted that these measures are going to him.”

“The abortion industry is already highly unregulated and unscrupulous,” said Fr. Pavone. “Any legislation that prohibits this industry from sliding into even lower standards is urgently needed. And as far as funding is concerned, family planning funds should be directed to helping family members, not killing them.”

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. Frank Pavone Releases New Book on Preaching on Abortion

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Date: May 2, 2016

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NEW YORK — To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Priests for Life and to highlight its core mission of empowering clergy to be passionate advocates for the unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, has released today his newest book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary (Servant Books, 2016)

The book guides clergy –and laity – through the pro-life themes found in the readings of every Sunday of all three liturgical years.

Proclaiming the Message of Life provides an overview of the Scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical bases for preaching the pro-life message, presents homily hints for Sundays and holy days, and articulates the pro-life dimensions of the priesthood itself.

“Defending the dignity of the human person is not a task added on to our ministry but rather one inseparable from it and flowing from its very heart,” Father Pavone writes in a chapter on “The Heart of the Priesthood.”

The preaching tips focus on abortion as the preeminent issue, for reasons that both this book and an entire body of Church documents identify and discuss.

Another section of the book also reviews dozens of common fears or hesitations clergy have regarding preaching on abortion.

The book has received the endorsement of several high-profile Catholic clergy, including Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan, EWTN’s Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., and Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

To order the new book, go to www.ProclaimingTheMessageOfLife.com.

Priests for Life had its start in San Francisco when several priests wanted to form an association to help their brother priests. The new apostolate received recognition by the Archbishop of San Francisco on April 30, 1991. Fr. Frank Pavone became the first full-time director in 1993. The apostolate has now become a family of ministries including Rachel’s Vineyard, Silent No More, Stand True Youth Outreach, Civil Rights for the Unborn (led by Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), and much more. It is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused exclusively on ending abortion.

For more information, visit www.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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