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Fr. Pavone Hails Dismissal of “Completely Illogical” Suit on Race and Sex-selective Abortions

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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Date: December 16, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum against Arizona’s law against race- and sex-selection abortion.

“So called minority rights groups were alleging that a law that protects children from being discriminated against because of their skin color or sex was itself discriminatory,” said Fr. Pavone. “The case was completely illogical from its inception.”

At issue is an Arizona law that bars the abortion of a baby solely because of his or her race or sex. The lawsuit brought by the two groups was dismissed by a federal judge and now that dismissal has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

“The abortion lobby has long maintained that the so-called right to abortion is more important than the rights to free speech or religious liberty,” added Fr. Pavone. “This time, groups that support abortion tried to claim that abortion on demand for any reason is more important than protections against race and sex discrimination. Basically, they tried to turn the law on its head. This time, thankfully, they failed.”

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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Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More Play Key Role in the Year of Mercy

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Phones started ringing at Rachel’s Vineyard headquarters in Pennsylvania as soon as Pope Francis announced that as part of the Year of Mercy, every priest throughout the world would have the faculties to reconcile to the Church those who have had an abortion. Some had buried their guilt for decades.

As the Year of Mercy begins Dec. 8, Rachel’s Vineyard will play an important role in helping women who committed abortions in the past to find forgiveness and healing. So will the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, co-founded by Janet Morana and Georgette Forney. This Campaign enables those who have found healing to give public witness to the mercy of God by sharing their stories.

Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More even have the pope’s seal of approval: In greeting Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard, in Rome, the Holy Father said: “Rachel’s Vineyard is very good. It is an excellent work! Go forward with that!”

And in meeting Janet Morana, the Pope similarly praised the work of Silent No More around the world.

Reporters, editors, talk show hosts and news producers looking for story angles for the Year of Mercy, and Pope Francis’s offer of forgiveness for those who have lost children to abortion, can localize their stories by interviewing a Rachel’s Vineyard or Silent No More team leader in their coverage areas.

To discuss interview possibilities, please contact Leslie Palma, director of communications for Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@priestsforlife.org

As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis first became acquainted with Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry active in 49 U.S. states and more than 70 countries, including Argentina. It has touched the lives of more than 250,000 people; even prisoners in a maximum-security prison in Florida are benefitting from Rachel’s Vineyard’s unique approach.

“Pope Francis stresses forgiveness and inclusion, and these are both hallmarks of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard. “It is very encouraging to know how enthusiastic he is about our work.”

His representative in the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, also expressed strong support of our work when he joined the gathering of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in front of the Supreme Court in January 2015. The papal nuncio addressed the gathering of men, women, and families who had been healed through Rachel’s Vineyard and were now sharing their testimony publicly. He said,

“I am glad to be here in the name of Pope Francis, representing him and the mercy of God to each one of you who are taking part in this March for Life. I want to share with you the joy that God has put into our hearts, because we love Him and we want to share with you the mercy He’s given to each one of us, especially those who ask for mercy. Pope Francis said that we should ask for mercy.”

Rachel’s Vineyard founder Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph. D., discovered how deep the need for healing after abortion is while leading a support group for women with eating disorders as part of her training for degrees in psychology and counseling. An impromptu discussion of abortion led several women to display signs of emotional trauma, but when Dr. Burke brought this up to her professor, she was advised not to talk to women about abortion. So, in 1986, she founded the Center for Post Abortion Healing, one of the first therapeutic support groups for post-abortive women.

Six years later she published Rachel’s Vineyard: A Psychological and Spiritual Journey for Post Abortion Healing, a unique support group model for counselors. In 1995, Dr. Burke expanded the curriculum into a format for weekend retreats. Soon individuals seeking healing began to travel from other states to experience the healing process.

Without a budget, office or advertising, Rachel’s Vineyard became a grass-roots national outreach. By word of mouth only, the retreats began to spread across the country, from 18 retreats in 1999 to 35 a year later. In 2003, Rachel’s Vineyard became a ministry of Priests for Life. Since then, Rachel’s Vineyard has grown to more than 750 retreats annually, with many new sites in development. The retreat manual is available in 22 languages.

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Overcoming the Onslaught of Violence in America and the World

Friday, December 4th, 2015

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“Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV

Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA has taken over the news cycle for the last two days and rightly so as it is a horrific tragedy. On the same day there was a lesser reported mass shooting in Savannah, GA. While perhaps there were not enough people killed to make Savannah a ‘big’ story, as the Washington Post noted, “The local news barely acknowledged the murder: One local television station covered it in three paragraphs.

The same article also points out that mass shootings have ‘become normal,’ 355 of them in 2015.

In a seemingly unrelated chain of events, last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs brought on a firestorm of blame at pro-lifers.

Rev. Frank Pavone writes: “Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, wrote, ‘We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.’”

“Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), was more explicit in her statement to blame the pro-life movement for Friday’s incident, stating, ‘Although anti-abortion groups may condemn this type of violence when it happens, the way that they target and demonize providers contributes to a culture where some feel it is justifiable to murder doctors.’”

Let’s keep in mind that these women deliberately omit to admit that millions of babies have been legally violently dismembered or chemically killed in America by abortion. And many mothers have been maimed or killed in the process.

There’s more. Lest we forget, the “Black Lives Matter” cries remain as part of the bigger picture. Yes, Black lives matter, all black lives matter [including aborted babies, black on black crime victims, incarcerated youths, etc.]. Indeed all lives matter because John 3:16 says God loves the whole world and that means everybody. We, as one human race (Acts 17:26), are in this thing together whether we like it or not.

What we are missing here is the not so subtle connection to what on the surface seems to be random violent outbreaks in the atmosphere. Yet as Rev. Pavone points out, the problems with the Colorado Springs shooting is not the pro-lifers referring to abortion as murder but rather the abortion industry’s utter lack of respect for life and choosing its solution to solving someone’s problem by killing their child.

Although the Colorado Springs shooting was abortion related, we should consider that there is a common denominator; an utter lack of respect for life. Whether there are various underlying causes for the lack of disregard of the rights of others, consequent actions lead to outcomes such as these mass shootings, high abortion rates, high levels of incarceration, suicide and many other threats to the human family.

Terrorism, be it in the womb, from distant shores, behind the domestic walls of our homes, or wherever it occurs, terrorism by any other name is still the same.

Killing has been a part of humanity since Cain killed Abel. Throughout history humans have been killing for greed, convenience, emotional pain, and the like in order to acquire what others have; whether it be land, money, power, or [and we can fill in the blanks here].

Human life has long been devalued to the point that life has often become disposable as long as we can’t see the danger to our own. Herein lies the Catch 22: we disregard others to save ourselves – sadly not realizing that we are universally connected to our human family.

With the passage of time America has joined the rest of the world in rubber stamping the killing of our babies in the womb, as well as the sick, the elderly and in alarmingly increasing numbers, the poor.

With this acceptance of devaluation of humanity, the consciences of men, women and children have been numbed. The answer to one’s problem becomes the dehumanization and elimination of those who would interfere with what someone wants.

Is there any wonder that mass killings are occurring on a regular, almost daily, basis?

Let’s connect some dots.

Have an unplanned pregnancy? Illness? Getting too old? Other problems? Eliminate your problems with abortion or euthanasia.

Killing is fast becoming the choice many people are “choosing” in order to fix their problems. Killing of another or of self both devalue and destroy life.

We must wake up and recognize that the taking of any life, born, unborn, sick, handicapped, elderly, those of faith outside of ours — is wrong.

“The people who know their God shall [must] stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32 ESV

Contrary to what others are saying, that “God will not fix this,” it should be obvious that only God can change hearts and fix broken lives. Pray for America, and the world.

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Statement From Fr. Frank Regarding Shooting in Colorado Springs

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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Date: December 2, 2015

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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

The senseless and universally denounced shootings that took place in Colorado Springs on Friday have brought a number of inquiries to me and other pro-life leaders regarding whether we intend to soften our language or modify our actions regarding Planned Parenthood and abortion generally.

In short, the answer is “No.” In fact, we will intensify both our language and our protests.

We neither participate in nor condone violence. Our messages and our protests did not start because of irresponsible and deranged perpetrators of violence, nor will they change or cease because of such people.

Planned Parenthood — and the abortion industry generally — are dismembering and decapitating little children on a daily basis, and for a profit. We describe abortion that way because that is how medical textbooks describe it. “A long curved Mayo scissors may be necessary to decapitate and dismember the fetus,” Dr. Warren Hern explains in Abortion Practice, p. 154. The US Supreme Court, moreover, has described abortion procedures in detail. “The doctor grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix… The friction causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix and out of the woman. The process of evacuating the fetus piece by piece continues until it has been completely removed.” (US Supreme Court, Gonzales vs. Carhart, April 18, 2007, describing the D&E procedure).

If these things were not true, there would be no justification to say them; but since they are true, there is no justification for keeping silent.

As I explained in my column yesterday on FoxNews.com, our language reveals these horrors and opposes them, but the language of the abortion industry not only admits these realities but justifies them. That’s the kind of language that does damage to the moral framework of our society.

If people hear these things and are comfortable with them, they can act and vote accordingly. If, on the other hand, they think these practices should stop, they can work in legal and peaceful ways with us and the entire the pro-life movement to educate the public and change public policy.

In the coming months, we will intensify our multi-pronged Expose Abortion effort (www.ExposeAbortion.com), using the words of abortionists themselves, the photos and videos of abortion, and the corruption of the abortion industry to awaken the public to this violence. The strategies we will employ, and the principles on which they rest, are explained at length in my new book, Abolishing Abortion, released this summer by Thomas Nelson publishers (www.AbolishingAbortion.com).

Likewise, on Thursday, January 21, starting at 9am, we will hold a national prayer rally and protest against Planned Parenthood at its newest Washington DC location (1225 4th St. NE). Many of our fellow citizens will already be in Washington for the annual March for Life the following day, and we urge them to join us for Thursday’s protest, and for a National Prayer Service on Friday morning at 8:30am at Constitution Hall (1776 D St., NW (18th and D St).

Planned Parenthood and the entire abortion industry are committing crimes against humanity. We thank the Republican members of the Select Panel on Infant Lives for the work that they are committed to do to bring to light the facts that support this assertion, and we at Priests for Life will work hard to support their work and inform the public about it. As for the Democratic members of the panel, we will oppose their efforts to distort, dilute and deflect the meaning and purpose of the panel, and will steadfastly oppose their efforts to keep America’s holocaust going strong.

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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Father Pavone on House Democrats Appointed to Select Committee: “We Will Expose Their Extremism”

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

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Date: November 5, 2015

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Washington, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

“Priests for Life applauds the creation of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, formed recently in the US House of Representatives. We will offer our assistance to this panel and its members as their work commences. We thank the Republican members of the panel, all of whom have shown themselves to be sensitive to the lives of infants, both in and outside of the womb.

“Priests for Life has noted that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has named the six Democrats who will sit on the panel. We want to put the Minority Leader, and the Democratic members, on notice from now that we are troubled by the way that they dismiss the right to life that the youngest infants have. They will not protect infant lives; instead they will protect the abortion industry. This is evidenced by their voting records, public comments, and behavior on other committees that have already held hearings on late term abortion. We will be in their face, both individually and collectively, to call them out on this and to expose their extremism to the people they represent.”

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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January 21 Prayer Service Against Planned Parenthood

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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Date: October 26, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that there will be special national protests against Planned Parenthood on Thursday, January 21, the day before the annual March for Life here.

“Each year, pro-life leaders and activists have gathered in front of the Planned Parenthood in DC, which used to be at 16th Street, but is now opening its new location at 1225 Fourth Street NE. We will be at the Fourth Street location to have a prayer rally from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 21,” Fr. Pavone explained. “During this time, various national pro-life leaders will give spiritual reflections and exhortations to action, particularly on how to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their immoral and illegal actions. We will pray, furthermore, the special prayers composed for the #PrayPP effort, a national prayer campaign to end the evils of abortion and Planned Parenthood.

“We encourage Churches, schools, pro-life groups, families and individuals who are coming to Washington for the March for Life to come a day early and join in this prayer rally. Among the other leaders who will be speaking at the rally are Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Bryan Kemper, Director of Stand True, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life.

“Other rally activities at the Planned Parenthood site will also occur during the day, and further announcements will be made about those. We also invite people to join us for the National Prayer Service on the morning of Friday, January 22 at Constitution Hall, starting with Mass at 7:30 a.m. and an interdenominational prayer service from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

See www.NationalPrayerService.com for more details.

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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The Sound of Silence Reverberating Around the Nation

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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Date: October 20, 2015

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spends part of his day                in silence in his New York City office.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, spends part of his day in silence in his New York City office.

TROY, OHIO — A year ago, Abby McIntyre saw some students at her high school in Indianapolis wearing red tape across their mouths, with the word “LIFE” written in black.

She wondered what was going on and was directed to the school’s pro-life club, where she learned about the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, and was given her own red tape. Abby, then a senior, spent the rest of the school day in silence.

“It was so hard,” she said.

Now Abby is a full-time missionary with Stand True Pro-Life Outreach, whose founder, Bryan Kemper, started the day of silence in 2004 and has since become the youth outreach director for Priests for Life.

“A year later I’m answering questions for people who want to take part, and telling my friends to get involved,” Abby said. “I think it is so powerful.”

Kemper said this year he has been in touch with people who took part in the day of silent protest in its early years and are now doing it with their own children.

“It’s not easy to give up our voices, but it is a family friendly activity and it gives an opportunity for even young children to get involved in pro-life activism,” Kemper said.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country and the globe have registered their intention to be silent today, and the presenters at Spirit Radio FM in Tampa Bay, Florida, are also going quiet. The only voices listeners will hear will be testimonies of those impacted by abortion. Listen online at www.spiritfm905.com

Others taking part are also sharing their activism on social media, using the hashtag #SilentDay and #ProLifeDayofSilence. GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson (@RealBenCarsnon) Tweeted his support of the day, urging his 786,000 followers to “Let your silence be heard. Be a voice for the voiceless.”

“I always urge people to speak out on behalf of the unborn, but once a year I ask everyone to show their commitment to the unborn by keeping silent,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, who was spotted in his New York office wearing the red tape. “On the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, our silence will be heard.”

To arrange interviews with Father Pavone, Bryan Kemper, Abby McIntyre or other pro-life youth, call Leslie Palma a 347-286-7277 or email her at media@priestsforlife.org

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Abortion Clinic Blessing a “Perversion of Biblical Teaching”

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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Date: October 15, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, called the recent blessing of an abortion clinic by members of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice “a perversion of Biblical teaching.”

“For clergy to bless an abortion clinic is contrary to the two central commands of the Christian faith – to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love each other as ourselves,” said Fr. Pavone. “We cannot claim to love God or each other by helping those who kill our brothers and sisters.”

“Moreover, this breaks the commandment You shall not use the name of the Lord your God in vain. This commandment does not only prohibit cursing by invoking God’s name. It also prohibits blessing in God’s name that which God abhors,” Fr. Pavone stated.

Liberal clergy members gathered earlier this month at Cleveland’s Preterm abortion clinic to bless it. Preterm is the business where 22-year-old Lakisha Wilson received a late-term abortion that resulted in her death only last year.

The National Pro-life Religious Council has published a book called Holy Abortion? A Theological Critique of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which documents and responds to the kind of activities on display in this recent abortion clinic blessing.

“Not only does this contradict Christian teaching,” Fr. Pavone continued, “but it impedes the healing of those who suffer after their abortion. After all, why ask forgiveness or feel bad about an action the Church blesses? The result, however, is not that these individuals stop feeling pain; it is that they feel ashamed to ask for forgiveness, and feel silly for feeling sad.”

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Fr. Pavone: Don’t Rely on Planned Parenthood’s Words

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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Date: October 13, 2015

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, released the following statement today regarding Planned Parenthood’s announcement that it will no longer accept “reimbursement” for the organs, limbs and skin of the children it aborts.

“One thing we have learned over the last four decades about the abortion industry is that – as an industry – it neither desires nor is capable of reform. Today’s announcement by Planned Parenthood is meaningless and does not settle any controversy. Nor does it answer any of the questions that the ongoing investigations into Planned Parenthood’s actions have raised. You can’t practice vice virtuously.

“Given the atrocities Planned Parenthood commits against children, it cannot be trusted to suddenly begin mending its ways. We do not rely on their words; we rely on the evidence that the investigations will continue to uncover – and so should the American people.”

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Priests for Life Medical Advisor Testifies Before Congressional Committee

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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When testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Priests for Life medical advisor Dr. Anthony Levatino succeeded in introducing into the Congressional record a covertly recorded video about third-trimester abortion. It created quite a stir among committee members.

The House committee is looking into Planned Parenthood and the possibility that it is profiting illegally from the sale of baby body parts. Dr. Levatino, who has testified before Congress numerous times, decided he wanted to describe exactly how a late-term abortion is performed and to show panel members, and the American people, how women are treated during the procedure.

Of the five minutes he was allotted, Dr. Levatino spent half describing a dismemberment abortion that literally tears a baby apart. This type of abortion is used for most second-trimester abortions, and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards admitted in her prior testimony before the committee that Planned Parenthood aborts babies up until the point of viability.

The second half of Dr. Levatino’s testimony was spent showing a shortened version of a Live Action video of an interaction between a woman who is 27 weeks pregnant and Southwest Women’s Options, an Albuquerque abortion clinic that aborts children up until their due date. During a telephone call, a clinic worker and an abortionist calmly tell the woman that an abortion at 25 weeks is $8,000, and the cost goes up $1,000 every week past that. They explain that the baby will be killed in the clinic by being stabbed with poison, after which labor will be induced.

The clinic worker then tells the woman what to do if she goes into labor while she is in her hotel room: Unlock the door, call the clinic, and sit on the toilet. “You don’t gotta look down,” she is told.

Dr. Levatino said several things in the video were illustrative.

“At $8,000, and $1,000 a week for every week after 25, most of the money made from that abortion is profit,” he said. “There’s a striking difference between standard OB care costs for a pre-term delivery and what they’re charging. In reality, women are paying extra for a dead baby.”

The second thing that struck Dr. Levatino is that women can be “left to labor in hotel rooms with no medical intervention. This is not medical care.”

Dr. Levatino said Democrats on the panel were determined not to allow it into the official record of the hearing and because there were not enough Republicans in the room when a vote was taken, they succeeded in having it withdrawn. But a second vote taken when Republicans had returned allowed the video to be entered.

“There was a lot of yelling,” Dr. Levatino said. “I think the Democrats found it embarrassing. They bark about a woman’s right to choose but so many people don’t know exactly what these women are choosing. They sure as heck didn’t want that kind of video in an official record.”

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