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The Trauma of Pro-Life Advocates on the Front Lines

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

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Nov. 1, 2016

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Shockwaves recognizes pain, offers healing to pro-life activists

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion in November will focus on understanding and healing the wounds incurred by pro-life advocates when the children they try to save from abortion are killed despite their efforts.

Sidewalk counselors, pregnancy center workers and other pro-life advocates are on the front lines of the abortion battle. They save many lives by accompanying mothers and fathers facing unplanned pregnancies and praying and intervening with women and their unborn babies at abortion businesses.

Despite their best efforts they are often unable to prevent the child’s death. Being so closely associated with this loss can be a painful and even a traumatic experience. Trauma can have a cumulative effect over time, especially for those active for many years in this movement.

Pro-life advocates can experience some of the same symptoms common to those who experience other kinds of emotional trauma such as depression, anxiety, anger issues and sleep disturbance that can lead to burn-out and a withdrawal from pro life activism.

“The safe and healthy grieving process found in post-abortion recovery programs can be a great resource for those who have been impacted by this vicarious trauma in their pro life ministry” said Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and one of the architects of the Shockwaves initiative.

“Programs such as Rachel’s Vineyard and Forgiven and Set Free have experienced staff and volunteers who create an atmosphere to facilitate the grieving process for those impacted by abortion loss. As you progress through the healing process, and participate in the exercises and scripture meditations, the wounded heart and soul are opened up to God’s grace. The Lord can cleanse us of any anger, bitterness, despair, anxiety, and depression that can result from front line pro life ministry. “

“Pro-life advocates, in every type of pro-life work, are deeply aware of the thousands of lives lost each day in America despite their best efforts to save them. The Shockwaves initiative, and its November theme, helps us realize that we, too, have to grieve the loss of these children, and that this grieving, both on a personal and community level, has to be very deliberate and intentional,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and National Director of Priests for Life.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is an international educational and pastoral effort, launched in January 2015 by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about and ministering to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child is killed by abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion.

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, and Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life, said the pro-life movement has been battered by recent court decisions and is facing the possibility that a pro-abortion candidate could be elected president.

“We know that this work can get discouraging, even heart-breaking,” Mrs. Forney said. “People in pro-life need to know this is normal and can be overcome.”

Mrs. Morana added: “Some life advocates have been in the trenches for 30 years or more, and the only way they can carry on is to give themselves a spiritual recharge. We want to make sure every pro-lifer knows where to find help.”

To learn more about Shockwaves, go to www.AbortionShockwaves.com. To arrange media interviews with Silent No More leaders or pro-life activists, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com.

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.

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Priests for Life’s Father Imbarrato celebrates pre-Election Day Masses at EWTN

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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NEW YORK – In these crucial last days leading up to Election Day on Nov. 8, EWTN has invited Priests for Life full-time Pastoral Associate Father Stephen Imbarrato to celebrate its televised morning Mass. The mass is broadcast worldwide on television, radio and internet (EWTN.com), in English and Spanish. In the United States alone, the television broadcast reaches some 95 million homes.

Father Imbarrato’s full schedule for these Masses is as follows:

Monday, October 24; Tuesday, October 25; Wednesday, October 26; Thursday, October 27; Monday, October 31; Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4; Sunday, November 6; Monday, November 7; and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

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Fr. Pavone – Debate Makes Candidates’ Positions on Human Life Crystal Clear

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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Date: October 19, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has issued the following statement on the third presidential debate between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“The candidates agreed on one important point – in this election, the Supreme Court is the central issue of the campaign. But that’s where the agreement ends.

“Mrs. Clinton defended partial-birth abortion, falsely stated that China no longer has forced abortions, and said it was ‘scare rhetoric’ to say that babies are ‘ripped from the womb’ at nine months. Mr. Trump said that he finds partial-birth abortion unacceptable and that he will appoint justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade and send abortion law back to the states.

“The facts are that babies actually are torn limb from limb by dismemberment abortions. To say they are ‘ripped from the womb’ is not ‘scare rhetoric,’ it’s simply descriptive of what happens in abortions. As for the claim that China does not perform forced abortions on women anymore, human rights experts will vehemently disagree.

“The most crucial fact for this election is that the next President will appoint at least one and possibly two or three justices to the Supreme Court. Our future and the future of countless children’s lives are at stake in this race.”

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 Founders Blast Results of Biased Study on Abortion Certainty

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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Georgette Forney and Janet Morana, co-founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, today took issue with a study published in the journal Contraception that shows most women are sure of their decisions to have an abortion.

Mrs. Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, pointed out that four of the study’s five authors are affiliated with the pro-abortion University of California, San Francisco, and its Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) center.

“Has ANSIRH ever produced a study that showed abortion in a negative light,” Mrs. Morana asked. “I have never seen one. Also, the study selected 500 predominantly white women over 25, which is not a representative sample of women having abortions in the U.S.

“I know from my work in pro-life since 1989, with Silent No More and Rachel’s Vineyard, that coercion and uncertainty are prevalent among women who have abortions. This study does a disservice to women and to the unborn.”

Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life, also noted the authors’ studies “always affirm their theories,” but said this study is virtually worthless, because even those women who were sure of their decisions report feeling regret afterward.

“When we talk about the pain and remorse that we feel after our abortions, we are told there is no such thing as after-abortion regret, and chances are ANSIRH has a biased study about that, too,” she said. “Those of us who have had abortions know the truth. Even if it seemed like an easy decision to make – because of what we saw as a lack of options – it was the worst decision, and it was irrevocable. This study is invalid and meaningless.”

To read what real women feel about their abortions, go to www.abortiontestimonies.com

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 asks Catholics to sign an open letter to Tim Kaine

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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Date: October 4, 2016

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Tells presidential hopeful you can’t be Catholic and pro-abortion

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is asking Catholics to sign on to an Open Letter to Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential hopeful who describes himself as Catholic but believes that abortion must remain legal.

“The assertion that your “personal beliefs’ and ‘public actions’ can remain separate on this issue simply does not hold water,” Father Pavone wrote in the open letter. “The Tim Kaine who believes things privately is the same person who permits them publicly — one person, one name, one conscience.

“Some have described you as a “Pope Francis Catholic.” Would that this were the case. There is only one Catholicism, and Pope Francis embraces it. That Catholicism calls for acceptance of all the teachings of the Church, including the teaching that the unborn child is to be treated as a person. To hold that these children can be legally killed is not to treat them as persons.”

The open letter is similar to one Father Pavone penned in 2013 to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who calls herself Catholic but insists that abortion is “sacred ground” in her political life.

In his letter to Kaine, Father Pavone said: “You claim to be Catholic and yet support the legal killing of more than a million children a year. The only logical explanation for this is that you are seeking to please both the Democratic party — which will not tolerate anyone in your position who tries to protect unborn children — and Catholic voters — who may be led to vote for you because you say you are “Catholic.”

As he did with Ms. Pelosi, Father Pavone calls on Kaine to “simply be consistent and honest. Either call for the protection of unborn children, or admit that you reject the call of the Catholic Church to do so.”

“Tim Kaine will be in the national spotlight tonight as he debates his Republican rival, Mike Pence,” Father Pavone noted. “We can’t be sure the subject of Kaine’s false Catholicism will come up, but by signing this open letter, people of faith can let him know what they think about his pro-abortion stance. Please sign it today!”

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, Naomi King: De-sanctification of Human Life at Core of America’s Crime Crisis

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
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Mrs. Naomi King, wife of Rev. A.D. King, sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and mother of Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn with Priests for Life, was recently vandalized at her senior citizens’ residence in Atlanta, GA. Along with Mrs. Naomi King’s, cars of other residents were vandalized, with windows bashed in, and possessions rifled in the car. On October 9, 2015 Mrs. King experienced a similar attack where a teenager approached her car, demanded her keys, and punched her in the face repeatedly when she refused to get out of the car or give up the vehicle.

Mrs. King is a voice for civil rights and justice. She loves Jesus Christ. Today, she and her daughter Alveda are advocates for the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. They agree that a disregard for the sanctity of human life is at the core of America’s violent crime crisis.

Quoting Saint Mother Teresa, Alveda explains: “What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

In 1951 Mrs. Naomi was faced with an unexpected pregnancy. She was offered a “choice” by the then “Birth Control League” that would become “Planned Parenthood.” The offer was for a “procedure for a mysterious female ailment,” a D&C which would have eliminated everything in Naomi’s womb.

Naomi went to her future father-in-law, Martin Luther King, Sr., who prophetically described the baby he’d seen in a dream three years prior. Naomi didn’t abort that baby; Alveda. As a result, Evangelist Alveda King is a voice for life today.

Paraphrasing words from her brother-in-law, Mrs. Naomi says: “When we do not value the human personality then our society is in trouble.” She also urges in an open letter: “Our God, who is loving and merciful gave you life and gifts. Are you thankful?”

Naomi’s love of God, grace and beauty, earned for her the title “The Butterfly Queen. “I’m so glad I chose life for my angel daughter Alveda,” she said.

Evangelist Alveda loves her mother and is grateful for her life. She prays for a “cease fire” in America’s abortions, crime and violence; and concludes urging everyone: “Pray for America and vote pro-life.

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Evangelist Alveda King – “Amidst unveiling of new website on the weekend of the “I Have a Dream” 53rd Anniversary, Black Community mourns another Planned Parenthood Abortion Death”

Friday, August 26th, 2016
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Atlanta, GA – Timed to coincide with the 53rd anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Priests for Life’s African-American Outreach is launching a new website, logo, mascot and name – Civil Rights for the Unborn (CRU) – for the ministry led by MLK’s niece.

“We interrupt our announcement of unveiling our new “Civil Rights for the Unborn” website to report more death from another Planned Parenthood abortion, says Evangelist Alveda King.

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“Mounting grief over yet more abortion deaths – this time of Michigan mother Cree Erwin and baby – overshadows our news. Black leaders and prolife leaders at large are outraged and grieved that yet another young beautiful Black woman and her baby have recently succumbed to painful deaths following an abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility,” explains King.

In the aftermath of Ms. Erwin’s abortion death, one of many in America, Pastor Clennard Childress, cofounder of L.E.A.R.N. says: “Black Life Matters has [recently] teamed up with the most destructive racist machine in American history; its founder, Margaret Sanger was the most devout racist of her time! The leading killer of innocent unarmed African Americans in the womb – whose hands were up, but given no choice or chance at the American Dream their fellow African American, Dr. Martin Luther King preached about – is Planned Parenthood!

“It breaks my heart that when a young man is gunned down by a [police officer], the media runs with it like wildfire. Yet, if an abortionist kills a young black woman and baby, the silence is tragic,” adds Dr. Johnny Hunter, cofounder of L.E.A.R.N.

“My uncle didn’t live to experience the horrors of legal abortion, which includes death to babies and harm to women. Today he would have fought just as hard to secure the rights of unborn Americans as he fought for racial justice for Blacks.

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“Americans and all people are not racially divided biologically or spiritually, but are rather ‘one blood/one race.’ [Acts 17:26] At CRU we seek to end abortion genocide and educate and unite the human family around the sanctity of life.

“We can reflect our support for life by praying, participating in the prolife movement, and voting prolife,” King urged.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, concludes: “No other civil rights issue of our day is more important than securing the right to life for the human beings still in their mothers’ wombs.”

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Sweet Victory for Mothers, Babies and Civil Rights Pro-Life Warriors Everywhere as Killing Center in Wisconsin Closes Its Doors

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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Planned Parenthood says “Black Lives Matter.” At Civil Rights for the Unborn, we know that God loves everyone, and Acts 17:26 teaches us that there is only one race, the human race.

Deuteronomy 30:19 teaches us to choose life so that we and our families can live.

If America, and indeed the whole world are to live and prosper, we must stop killing our children.

Our hats go off and our hearts go out to the valiant civil rights prolife warriors who have fought so long to close abortion killing centers. As the natural and spiritual storms rage in Wisconsin, America and around the world, here are two encouraging reports.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/5814-prayers-answered-with-closing-of-famed-wisconsin-abortion-clinic
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http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/wisconsin-close-planned-parenthood-abortion-mill

“It breaks my heart that when a young man is gunned down by a cop the media runs with it like wildfire. Yet, if an abortionist kills a young black women, the silence itself is tragic. Since the average black does not know, there is no outcry.” Dr. Johnny Hunter

Pray with us, for America, the world; for respect for the sanctity of life in the womb, in every circumstance of life, and until natural death. Pray for brotherly and sisterly love, nonviolence and God’s grace.

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Prayers Answered with Closing of Famed Wisconsin Abortion Clinic

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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Date: August 23, 2016

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Longtime pro-life activists Rev. Norm Stone, Jerry Horn, Joe Scheidler and Father Frank Pavone today reacted to news of the permanent closing of Planned Parenthood’s abortion business in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The abortion facility, located in the town of Grand Chute, has been a hotbed of pro-life street activism for over three decades, and at one time was reputed to be the largest and busiest freestanding abortion clinic in Wisconsin, serving the tri-state area of Wisconsin, Michigan and western Minnesota. Its closing marks a significant victory for local and national prolife groups.

“This is what I have prayed about night and day,” said Horn, a senior advisor to Priests for Life.

Horn explained that his pro-life activism began in the early 1980s when he was on a retreat with his wife, Bonnie, their pastor, Rev. Norm Stone, and his wife, Judy. Following training in pro-life activism by movement veterans Joe and Ann Scheidler, founders of the Pro-Life Action League, Pastor Stone’s church purchased the house next to the Appleton abortion business – then named the Fox Valley Reproductive Healthcare Center – and Horn and his wife moved in with their children.

“Planned Parenthood is blaming the closing on its inability to adequately ‘protect’ its staff and clients from pro-lifers, but that’s just a cover story, and not a very convincing one,” Horn said. “This business is closing because the darkness of abortion has been exposed. That’s what Pastor Stone and his wife and my wife and I started doing 33 years ago, and which the faithful and constant local and state leaders and individuals have been doing since then. They are the real heroes today.”

Pastor Stone, reached in Montana as he completed his 2,700th mile in an 8,000-mile walk for life called Circling the Nation, said the abortion business closing represented “a real victory for the pro-lifers who stayed on the battle lines all these years.”

Scheidler, who was having lunch with his wife, Ann, their daughter Sarah Worthington and Horn in Chicago yesterday as they learned of the closing, said: “We’re just delighted that the Appleton clinic is finally closed. The fact that I was with Ann and Jerry when we heard the news gave us all reason to celebrate.

“Abortion businesses are closing all over the country because of the dedication of pro-lifers willing to brave ridicule and worse by standing outside in prayer and protest,” said Father Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “The abortion industry is in a state of collapse. We will see to it that more and more of these centers close.”

A press conference that will bring together national pro-life leaders is being planned for the near future. Horn said the conference would focus on the work of Wisconsin activists who have worked for decades to close the Appleton abortion facility, as well as the trend of these free-standing abortion businesses closing nationwide.

To arrange interviews with any of the original Appleton activists, call Leslie Palma, communications director for Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@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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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Travels to Rome

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Date: July 11, 2016

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Priests for Life leaders to teach a bioethics course on the ways
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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, will travel to Rome this week for various meetings at the Vatican, and to teach a class on “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion” at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum during its 15th annual International Bioethics Summer Course.

Regina Apostolorum is one of the pontifical universities established by and operated directly under the authority of the Vatican.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is an initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that aims to raise awareness of all the different groups of people impacted by abortion.

“Every abortion is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision,” said Father Pavone. “But the shockwaves deeply touch all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures — grandparents, siblings, extended families, friends, pro-life advocates, and even abortion providers and clinic workers. The heartache and remorse felt by these people reaches deeply into our society — our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities.”

Mrs. Morana noted that this year, the theme of the bioethics course is “Family, Education and Society,” and the message of Shockwaves dovetails precisely with this focus.

“Abortion leaves an indelible mark on the family,” she said. “But what we try to do with Shockwaves is to show how healing is available for anyone who has taken part in or been impacted by the death of a child.”

Father Pavone added, “This really is a wound for the whole family and healing has to be for the whole family.”
The Shockwaves campaign was launched in January 2015 at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. For the first time ever, a former abortionist and former clinic workers marched alongside the women and men who chose abortion and later regretted it.

“Abortion is not an American anomaly,” Mrs. Morana said. “Children are being killed all over the world and their families and communities are being impacted. Our hope is that this international class of students will bring the message of Shockwaves home with them.”

Those who minister to individuals and families will gain insight into how abortion grief affects those with whom they work, Father Pavone said. “An awareness of the Shockwaves will help them in their ministry.”

While in Rome, Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana will connect with Priests for Life staff at their Rome office, and will meet with Vatican officials involved in pro-life work, including Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life and an architect of St. Pope John Paul’s 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” – the Gospel of Life.

“Cardinal Sgreccia is one of the key voices in the Church for pro-life,” Father Pavone said.

Meetings also are planned with Rome-based media outlets, Father Pavone said. “Priests for Life continues to collaborate with these outlets to disseminate pro-life news and commentary to an international audience.”

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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