Archive for January, 2017

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Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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As we get used to expecting the unexpected, President Trump shines the spotlight on tomorrow’s March for Life in DC. At the top of his first 100 days, the “man of the hour” points out that the crowd may be bigger than reported because the media doesn’t give much air time to the annual event.

Every year for the last 43 years pro-life activists have convened on Washington to march for life in protest for all the babies being aborted in America and around the world. This yearly March for Life gathering occurs each January on or about the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 1973. Ironically, I was born on January 22, 1951. So this “for such a time as this” Kairos Moment is personal for me in many ways, including my post abortive testimony.

During previous years, the March coverage has been sparse to say the least. Historically the coverage has been unfavorable, casting the participants in a less than significant light. Added to the slights is the tendency to underestimate the crowd size, the tens of thousands often gathering in inclement weather.

However, there is a dramatic shift of events this year. In a recent interview with ABC’s David Muir President Donald Trump was asked about last week’s Women’s March (which received a lot of media coverage). It’s important to note that participation of prolife women were shunned at that event.

It’s actually refreshing to have a president in office who supports the sanctity of life and is willing to speak the truth and call the media out for not doing the same.

From our vantage point, the pro-life movement is not asking the media to choose our side over another. We just want fair and balanced coverage, coverage of the truth.

I’m in DC for prayer services tonight and in the morning. Please join us, and you can also March actually, and virtually on live stream on EWTN! Finally, if you can’t be there, please pray for all who will be marching for LIFE!

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Pam Tebow To Receive Pro-Life Award at National Prayer Service

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

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Date: January 24, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pam Tebow invites everyone who will be in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life to join her at the National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, to take place at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27 in Constitution Hall.

Mrs. Tebow sparked a national conversation when she told the world – through a commercial aired during the 2010 Superbowl – that she almost lost her son when she was pregnant. Doctors suggested she abort her son because of strong medicine she was taking to battle a serious illness. She chose life, no matter the consequences, and that son, Tim Tebow, became one of the world’s greatest college football players of all time.

“On January 27, Americans from across the nation gather in Washington, D.C., to call for equal protection of the youngest children, those still in the womb,” Mrs. Tebow said.

“Moreover, men and women of the Silent No More Campaign gather to express how abortion hurt them and their families, and how the Lord brought them healing, forgiveness, and peace. I look forward to gathering with these pro-life Americans in Constitution Hall at the National Prayer Service that morning, and hope you can join me there as well.

“I am grateful, too, for the honor of receiving the National Pro-life Recognition Award which will be presented to me at the prayer service by Priests for Life and the National Pro-Life Religious Council. Join us in praying that America will soon become a nation with liberty and justice for all, born and unborn.”

The National Memorial brings together clergy from dozens of denominations for prayers and preaching before the nation’s largest protest march against abortion. The service will end at 10:30 a.m., leaving attendees plenty of time to get to the March for Life site in time for the rally. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, will deliver the sermon.

Special musical guests at the service will include Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation and singer/songwriter Tony Melendez, who plays guitar despite having been born with no arms.

Organizations that are co-sponsoring the National Memorial include: Catholics Called to Witness; Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project; Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD – Open your heart to God); Life Issues Institute; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), and Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life

Serving on the Host Committee are 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 Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life; Bradley Mattes, President and CEO, Life Issues Institute, and Dick, Sherley and Rich Bott of Bott Radio Network.

“This is the premiere prayer service during the March for Life, and everyone is invited,” Father Pavone said.

The National Memorial is free and no registration is required. Constitution Hall can easily accommodate large groups that will travel together to the March for Life.

Information on the National Memorial can be found at 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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Fr. Pavone: Passage of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act will be major pro-life victory

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

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Date: January 23, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the House of Representatives scheduled to vote tomorrow to end all taxpayer funding of abortion, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement.

“The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act – H.R. 7 — is vital in three ways. It will write the Hyde Amendment into permanent law. It will extend the Hyde Amendment so that it covers all federal spending. And it will end taxpayer funding of abortion through Obamacare.

“Currently, the Hyde Amendment, which has saved an estimated 2 million lives by restricting abortion funding for programs such as Medicaid, must be approved every year by Congress. H.R. 7 will make it permanent, so that it isn’t necessary to have this annual budget battle.

“By extending the Amendment so that it covers all federal spending, not just programs funded through the Health and Human Services spending bill, it will no longer be necessary for Congress to have multiple votes on multiple measures each year regarding abortion funding from various government funding sources.

“Our pro-life victories at the ballot box last November can now be translated into pro-life victories in Congress!

“And let us thank God and continue to rejoice that we have a President who is going to sign this and other pro-life measures. We do not have to ‘wait and see’ about what President Trump will do. We already know, and he has already accomplished a major victory by preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming president. Under her, the amount of money flowing into the abortion industry would have increased exponentially.”

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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Evangelist Alveda King: “With Mexico City Policy, President Trump begins first 100 days with prayers and executive actions that promise healing for America”

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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Atlanta, GA – “The die is cast and the path is clear for America to learn that abortion is not health care. Abortion kills babies and all too often harms the wombs, health, psyche and souls of mothers. By reinstating the ‘Mexico City Policy’ which saves the lives of thousands of babies and women, President Trump is raising the bar for genuine concern for the lives and health of mothers and our children,” says Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life. The Christian Evangelist is a voice for life, women’s equity, and civil rights.

King, along with Bishop Harry Jackson, Pastor Darrell Scott and many other diverse presenters, was a featured speaker at the 58th Inaugural Prayer Service at The National Cathedral in Washington, D. C. She has long noted her confidence in God and not humans, and said: “It was just awesome to attend the worship service with President Trump, Vice President Pence, their wives and families. God will use not only President Trump, but all who are willing to heal America.”

“Thank you President Trump, for caring enough about the lives of women, mothers and children, by reinstating the ‘Mexico City Policy’ during your first 100 days in office.” President Donald Trump signed an executive action on today reinstating the ‘Mexico City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding. The policy was enacted by the Reagan administration, only to be rescinded by the Obama administration in 2009, allowing during that time, for NGOs that performed abortion procedures to receive US tax payer funding for other programs, including those related to contraception access and post-abortion care.

Referencing data from the popular book RECALL ABORTION by Priests for Life colleague Janet Morana, Evangelist King reminds America that “abortion kills babies, and often injures and kills mothers. The wombs of the women of America have been under siege for far too long. Abortion and harmful contraceptives are not health care.”

Evangelist King also joins Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life in urging Congress to pass “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act – H.R. 7.” According to Father Pavone, H.R. 7 will write the Hyde Amendment into permanent law; extending the measures covering all federal spending, as well as ending taxpayer funding of abortion providers through Obamacare.

“Currently, the Hyde Amendment, which has saved an estimated 2 million lives by restricting abortion funding for programs such as Medicaid, must be approved every year by Congress. H.R. 7 will make it permanent, so that it isn’t necessary to have this annual budget battle.

“By extending the Amendment so that it covers all federal spending, not just programs funded through the Health and Human Services spending bill, it will no longer be necessary for Congress to have multiple votes on multiple measures each year regarding abortion funding from various government funding sources,” explains Father Pavone.

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Fr. Pavone Praises President Trump’s Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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Date: January 23, 2017

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today praised President Donald Trump’s action to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which prevents taxpayer funds from being given to groups that promote or perform abortions abroad.

“Just as he and we have promised, so now we see pro-life fruits of the election unfolding as President Trump has taken immediate action to reinstitute President Reagan’s ‘Mexico City Policy,’” said Fr. Pavone. “Poll after poll shows that Americans do not want their tax money to pay for abortions. Stopping funding to foreign pro-abortion groups is a powerful first step toward doing the same domestically.”

The Mexico City Policy was first adopted by President Ronald Reagan and is named after a United Nations population conference held in Mexico’s capital in 1984. The policy, which has been in effect during Republican administrations and revoked in Democratic ones, bars the U.S. Agency for International Development from giving funds to organizations that promote or perform abortions in foreign countries.

“Thanks to President Trump’s action today, the International Planned Parenthood Federation will no longer be subsidized by taxpayers,” added Fr. Pavone. “And thanks to the president’s commitment to the unborn, we can soon say the same for Planned Parenthood in the U.S.”

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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Alveda King Represents Priests for Life at National Prayer Service with President Trump

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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Date: January 23, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Evangelist Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, was among 26 religious leaders who prayed for President Donald Trump Saturday at Washington National Cathedral.

The National Prayer Service is a tradition that dates back to the inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States of America. The tradition was revived in 1933 and has taken place every four years since.

Ms. King, a niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, said she prayed that “Our faith and gratitude remain in God, working through you President Trump to lead, embrace and bless all Americans as brothers and sisters.

“Today our prayer is that God will use President Trump and all who labor with him for God’s glory. We are also encouraged by the grace and respect with which he has begun his term.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said, “I am proud of our new president, and am rejoicing in his victory and his inauguration. There is indeed great reason for all who value life and love America to rejoice at this time. No need to wait to see what he will do, because he has already done an incalculable good for America by keeping Hillary Clinton from being elected. And we look forward to much more good 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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Silent No More Awareness Campaign will share message that abortion hurts women at Women’s March on Washington

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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January 18, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will gather at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW at 10 a.m. Saturday to share the message that abortion hurts women.

“It’s ironic that the Women’s March on Washington aims to speak for all women, when half of those killed in abortion are baby girls,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of the Campaign and executive director of Priests for Life. “We also need to stop treating the women killed or injured in abortion as collateral damage.”

Campaign co-founder Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life, said the Women’s March “has embraced a pro-abortion stance, betraying its mission of non-violence, by letting Planned Parenthood and NARAL serve as partners for the event. Therefore, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has decided that our counter-witness also needs to be present. We do not want people to think all women embrace abortion so we will stand on the sidewalk sharing the truth, ready to offer ministry and help to the hurting.”

Holding signs that say “I Regret My Abortion,” the women will provide a powerful visual contrast to the pro-abortion marchers, as they did in 2004 at the March for Women’s Lives during President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign.

Noting that Saturday’s march is a protest primarily of the election of Donald Trump, Mrs. Morana said, “President-elect Trump is pro-life, has promised to nominate pro-life justices and judges to the Supreme Court and the federal bench, has vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and protect babies in the womb past 20 weeks. We will not march against him.”
Mrs. Forney added: “Many of those participating in the March for Women’s Lives need to see the Campaign’s message and learn that there is help and healing for any one struggling with their abortion experience.”

The Campaign, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, has been present at the March for Life every year since 2003. Dozens of women and men who regret their abortion experiences tell their stories in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, where Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided in 1973.

The Campaign began Nov. 11, 2002. As of January 2017, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,803 Gatherings in 17 countries and all 50 states, with 6,270 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 136 high schools and universities in the last seven years, 11 in 2016 alone.

There are 2,506 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 421 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,611 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, 5,361 women and 625 men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Also, 648 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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Fr. Pavone Praises KY Gov, Legislature for Enacting Pro-Life Laws

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

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Date: January 12, 2017

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky legislature for enacting the first two pro-life laws in the nation this year. One measure will protect from abortion babies who can feel pain and the second will offer a woman the chance to view a live ultrasound image of her child prior to an abortion.

“For years, a few pro-abortion legislators blocked the will of Kentuckians to enact measures that would protect women and their unborn babies,” said Fr. Pavone. “Obviously, with Kentucky legislators passing two pro-life bills in their first week of work and with Governor Bevin signing them into law today, the obstructionism of the abortion lobby has quickly and decisively ended. This is a great day for Kentucky and for life!”

After last November’s elections, Republicans were given a majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in almost 100 years. The result has been the swift adoption of pro-life legislation that had been denied a vote under the Democrats’ control of the House.

“That these two bills were passed with overwhelming margins by both houses of the Kentucky legislature speaks to their popularity,” added Fr. Pavone. “That Governor Bevin is signing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as the state’s first new law of 2017 speaks to its importance. Kentucky is blessed to have leaders who serve all her people, born and unborn.”

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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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Everyone,

Friday, January 6th, 2017

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I have a new book that I’d like to share with you today. I wrote America: Return To God because I believe it is needed for such a time as this. Please get the book at http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=17235

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Also, I’m available for MLK Holiday spots from the road next week and from Atlanta studio Sunday night 1/15 after 7pm and on Monday 1/16 from 7am until 5pm.

Please book through Leslie Palma, media@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277.

Every year in January we take time to remember and celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This time has come to be known as MLK week. This year it takes place from January 10-16, 2017. I usually join my family at various events throughout the week.

State Rep. Alveda King, Daddy King, Dr. B. E. Mays, Speaker Tom Murphy, Mrs. Coretta King

State Rep. Alveda King, Daddy King, Dr. B. E. Mays, Speaker Tom Murphy, Mrs. Coretta King

Below are some events. More at The King Center.

1. Friday, January 13, 2017: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Coretta Scott King’s Memoir – My Life, My Live, My Legacy Reception, Intimate Conversation & Book Signing with Dr. Bernice A. King and Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds. I won’t be able to attend but my mother, Mrs. Naomi Williams King will be there.

2. Sunday, January 15, 2017: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Join me at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Artistic Tribute 2017. A great time will be had by all. Register HERE. Only a few free reserved seats remain.

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3. Monday, January 16, 2017: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Join Rev. Frank Pavone and Evangelist Alveda King at MLK Annual Commemorative Service.

4. Monday, January 16, 2017: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – I will participate in the Beloved Community Talk: Let’s Bridge The Racial Divide Across Urban Suburban and Rural America with Dr. Bernice King. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Gov. John Kasich and others in a candid conversation.

Following MLK Week I will be going to Washington, DC to attend some Inauguration events including the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inaugural: A Salute to African American Leaders: Celebrating the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Wed., January 18, 2017: 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM, The Good Sheppard, Good Samaritan Prayer Breakfast, Thur., January 19, 2017: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, and the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inaugural Gala, Thur., January 19, 2017.

January 22 is my birthday so I ask you to please pray for me as I prepare to go back to Washington on Friday, January 27 for the 23rd Annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers, an ecumenical prayers service just prior to the March for Life. More information is available at www.NationalPrayerService.com.

I hope that some of you will be able to attend. If you don’t live in the area you can observe this week by joining us in prayer and spirit.

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