Archive for April, 2017

Priests for Life Begins Public Awareness Campaign on Third Trimester Abortion

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

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April 18, 2017

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Father Imbarrato to Speak at New Mexico press conference Wednesday

This week Priests for Life launches a public education and advocacy campaign focused on late term abortion, consistent with the message we have always conveyed that we educate people by starting with what is most obvious and leading to what is less obvious — and to those confused about where they stand on abortion, the most obvious place to start is with third-trimester abortions.
Priests for Life associate Father Stephen Imbarrato will talk about the reality of third-trimester abortion at a press conference set for 9:30 a.m. MST Wednesday, April 19 at the University of New Mexico’s Hodgins Hall in Albuquerque.

The press conference was organized by Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) to urge New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas to follow up on possible criminal activity at the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion business.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) also will address the media at the press conference. Ms. Blackburn chaired the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, whose report raised serious ethical and legal questions about the relationship between the university and the abortion business.

The panel sent two criminal referrals to Balderas but his office has taken no action yet.

“The fact that babies’ bodies are being dissected and their parts sold is horrific and needs to be discussed out loud and criminally prosecuted,” Father Imbarrato said. “But my purpose at this press conference is simply to make sure everyone knows that third-trimester abortions are taking place in New Mexico and they are not being done to save the life of the mother or because of serious illness in the babies, as the abortion lobby would have us believe.

“Healthy mothers are aborting fully viable healthy babies, and this must stop.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, noted, “Most people do not even know that third-trimester abortions are permitted in America, and that the effort to stop them mobilizes not only pro-life people, but also those who identify themselves as pro-choice. The United States is one of only a handful of countries that allow babies to be killed through all nine months of pregnancy.”

Two recent cases illustrate the problem.

In January 2015, the mother and uncle of a young woman in Great Britain contacted Priests for Life to ask for help in dissuading the woman from aborting her 30-week baby at Southwestern Women’s Options. Despite the intervention of Father Imbarrato and other pro-lifers, the baby was killed by a shot of digoxin to the heart and delivered stillborn days later.

In March 2016, a 16-year-old girl made arrangements to travel from her home in Waco, Texas, to Albuquerque to abort her twin daughters, who were 34-36 weeks in gestational age. She met with Southwestern abortionist Susan Robinson on April 5 and was assured the $21,000 abortion was her best option and would begin that day. But pro-lifers in Waco kept in touch with her and she decided to delay for a day. By the next day, she had changed her mind and went home to Texas. Her healthy baby girls were born April 9, 2016.

In an undercover phone call commissioned by Priests for Life and made a few days ago to Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-term abortion mill owned and operated by Curtis Boyd and located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it was clear that Boyd was willing to kill a Down Syndrome baby at 33 weeks of pregnancy.

“Even people who consider themselves pro-choice should be outraged at the crimes against humanity taking place in our state,” Father Imbarrato said. “Certainly we can sympathize with the plight of a pregnant teenager but there is always a better option than an appointment at Southwest Women’s Options or any other abortion business.”

To arrange an interview with Father Imbarrato or Father Pavone, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@priestsforlife.org For more info, including the undercover phone call, the 30-week abortion, and the Select Panel report, 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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Because He Lives: Abundant Life Is A Gift

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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Sunday is Resurrection Day, aka Easter. As we celebrate the blessings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, His sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross, dissension into Hell where he victoriously conquered Satan and ascension into Heaven as our High Priest, let’s rejoice and be glad!

Around the world Easter is still linked to pagan fertility customs, including the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, and a time for family gatherings. Yet there’s so much more.

Since the Fall of Adam and Eve and consequent sin sickness, we’ve needed rescue. Jesus (God’s Son, the “new Adam”) was born to die on the cross and then rise three days later after conquering death. His death and life assured all humanity of eternal life.

None of this would have been possible if not for Mary the Virgin’s “yes” to GOD and “yes” in the miraculous conception and birth of Christ. If she had said no then there would be no salvation, no eternal life, no Easter. Thank God we don’t have to imagine that!

This Easter we need to pray for America. We need to pray that parents all over the world will love their children, born and unborn, and trust in God’s good graces for abundant life.

Join Emmanuel Boose and me on “Changing Your Community” broadcast on Urban Family Talk Radio for this week’s Easter broadcast HERE

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)

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Fr. Pavone Says Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch is “Exhibit A” in Showing Why Social Conservatives Need to Vote

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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April 7, 2017

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today hailed the Senate’s vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation is Exhibit A for the argument that advocates for life and religious liberty need to vote,” said Fr. Pavone. “Without the active participation of social conservatives in last year’s elections, today we would be looking at a Supreme Court dominated by extreme pro-abortion justices. Instead, there’s great hope for the future.”

The Senate has confirmed federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died over a year ago. It’s expected that Judge Gorsuch will be sworn in over the weekend and take his seat on the Supreme Court in time to join his new colleagues in deciding which cases the court will hear in the near future.

“Congratulations to Judge Gorsuch, who this weekend will become Justice Gorsuch,” said Fr. Pavone. “His confirmation is a victory for constitutional rule, for life, for religious liberty, and for all of us who hold them dear.

“And it is just the first step in moving all the courts away from the judicial activism that has mangled the bodies of unborn children, the fabric of our morals, and the rule of law. This confirmation should motivate us to work hard for pro-life candidates in the midterms, and to expand the pro-life majorities in the House and Senate.”

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 urges: “MLK’s Dream Needs Help from God.”

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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“I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain top. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The world seems to have forgotten what Martin Luther King, Jr. knew; we need God’s help” said Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life and niece of MLK. “Pray for President Trump, America, and the World. We must return to God.”

Yesterday, in the midst of planning to honor the MLK DREAM with a new Initiative, the Christian Evangelist woke up to the news that Reba McEntire and Lauren Daigle sang ‘Back to God’ at the 2017 ACM Awards. Evangelist King agrees that “as people of One Blood, we must repent, Pray and Unite. “Back to God’ was just the right direction for the times.

170404 blog image2“Today, April 4, 2017 marks the 49th Anniversary of the death of my Uncle. It is fitting therefore to call for the initial “A Time of Love and Reconciliation” which is being read by talk radio hosts of all political leanings drawing attention to H.R. 194 (110th), a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 29, 2008 that “apologize[d] to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow” and “express[ed] its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future.”

It’s an appropriate tribute to MLK’s 49th anniversary of his life and legacy. If he were here today, I believe he would agree with Ted Hays, leader of Heal America Collaborative, Reba and Lauren, and yes, me, and prayerfully lead people everywhere to return back to God,” urges Evangelist King.

“In the midst of life’s challenges; racism, war, poverty, human trafficking, abortion violence and evil of every kind; in order to escape the abyss, we need help from God to fulfill Uncle M. L.’s dream today! On this MLK Anniversary, as we join activist Ted Hayes with the launch of A Time of Love and Reconciliation,” God’s Word – “Return to Me” – is resonating across the atmospheres; reaching into the darkness and awakening a heavenly fire and light that cannot and will not be denied.

I’m honored to have my new book from Elijah List added to the cause; “AMERICA RETURN TO GOD” in proclaiming the very same message. If the Dream of my Uncle Martin Luther King, Jr. is to be fully received, we must return to, we must come back to God.

“My wayward children,” says the LORD, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”

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Following Committee Vote, Fr. Pavone Urges Senate to Approve Judge Gorsuch This Week

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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Date: April 3, 2017

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to recommend Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“With the Committee’s vote, Senate Democrats face a dilemma of their own making,” said Fr. Pavone. “Do they do the right thing and vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court or do they force Speaker McConnell to invoke the Reid Rule, thereby reducing the votes required for a Supreme Court nominee from 60 to 51? Either way, Judge Gorsuch should be sitting on the Supreme Court next Monday morning.”

With the Judiciary Committee’s vote, Judge Gorsuch’s nomination now goes to the Senate floor. Minority Leader Charles Schumer has stated his intention to filibuster the nomination. Speaker Mitch McConnell has indicated, however, that he may use the Reid Rule to approve Judge Gorsuch this week. The Reid Rule, named after former Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, allows federal lower court judges and executive branch appointees to be confirmed by a majority vote. The Senate could vote this week to extend the rule to Supreme Court nominees.

“There’s no doubt that Judge Gorsuch is qualified,” added Fr. Pavone, “and there’s no doubt that were the roles reversed, Democrats would change the Senate rules to approve their activist liberal Supreme Court nominees by a majority vote. With the Supreme Court and our rights at stake for decades to come, the Senate must act decisively to approve Judge Gorsuch this week.”

Priests for Life has called people to action on this nomination through our regular action alert at www.StopAbortionNow.org, and through the appearance this week of our full-time priest associate, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, on the Eternal Word Television Network.

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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