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National Memorial Service to be Held for Babies Killed by Abortionist Kermit Gosnell

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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Date: October 13, 2015

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PHILADELPHIA – The Pro-Life Leadership Coalition has announced that on Saturday, October 24, there will be a national memorial service at the gravesite of the babies killed by Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell and discovered in jars, boxes, and milk cartons when his clinic was raided in 2010. Convicted in 2013 for killing babies born alive, Gosnell is in prison for life.

The service will be held, with the support of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Life and Family, at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia at 12 noon, and is cosponsored by the National Day of Remembrance. It will be interdenominational, and all are invited.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “The Medical Examiner’s office refused to allow the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Charismatic Episcopal Church, or Priests for Life to bury these babies, despite repeated private and public requests from them and other groups. Now that the babies have been unceremoniously cremated and buried, it is long overdue that there be a public religious service to honor them. We will do that on October 24, and we invite all concerned people from around the nation to join us.”

Archbishop Craig Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and one of the religious leaders who will be at the service, stated, “The Church has always had an obligation to pray for those who are dying and to commit the departed to the merciful hands of God. These babies were murdered for profit. Our Christian conscience demands that we provide a burial for these innocent victims. It is the decent and right thing to do. We know that these babies now cry out for an end to abortion and for respect for the sanctity of all life. ”

In a ceremony held at Priests for Life on May 9, 2013, names were bestowed on these children, and those names will be read again when we come together to remember and honor them on October 24.

More information can be found at www.GosnellBabies.com.

Event: National memorial service for babies killed by Kermit Gosnell
Date: Saturday, October 24
Time: 12 noon ET
Location:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132

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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Why We Protest Planned Parenthood

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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Date: October 9, 2015

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NEW YORK — If you want to be fired up for the Planned Parenthood protests tomorrow, watch this new video message from Fr. Frank Pavone: https://youtu.be/gus5nLgUy_Y

Then share it with as many people as you can!

Fr. Frank, who inspires people across the nation to come out to the abortion mills to pray and protest, has laid out in this message the rationale for doing so.

This message will persuade those who are thinking about coming out but are not sure.

It will also confirm the convictions of those who have been protesting for a long time.

Along with the momentum of ProtestPP.com, Fr. Frank also introduces PrayPP.com, the prayer campaign that also kicks off tomorrow!

You will not want to miss this message!

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 in the Hispanic Community

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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October 2, 2015

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During the Pro-Life International Symposium at the World Meeting of Families last week, Hispanics for Life President Astrid Bennett Gutierrez said abortion advertising in the Latino community is so prevalent that it even includes coupons.

There is no doubt that, like the African-American community, Hispanics — especially those in under-privileged neighborhoods– are targeted by the unscrupulous, profit-driven abortion industry.

Healing the Hispanic Community is the focus this month of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long international educational and pastoral effort to raise awareness about and minister to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion.

“Through this initiative, we are trying to reach the various and diverse groups of people who have been wounded by abortion, to offer prayers, healing and solidarity,” said Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Silent No More and National Director of Priests for Life.

“Family is so important to Hispanics, and we saw that first-hand at the World Meeting, where so many Latino families traveled to be part of the celebration of the ties that bind us,” said Kevin Burke, Co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an architect of Shockwaves. “But many families have been devastated by abortion and may not know how to find solace for that injury.”

Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said “As a second generation Nicaraguan, I am very aware of how sacred the family is and how personally devastated my mother was when she learned of the loss of her grandchild through abortion. I wish we had Shockwaves to help her find healing before she died. The Shockwaves initiative is critical for families of every ethnicity.”

Noting that the Latino population in the U.S. is expected to triple by the year 2050, Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said that given Hispanics’ “growing influence in the nation’s culture, politics and religious practice, it is essential to provide the education and healing resources to help strengthen a culture of life within their families and communities.”

To learn more about Shockwaves, go to www.AbortionShockwaves.com. To arrange media interviews with Silent No More leaders or families that have been impacted by abortion, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,612 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,195 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 12,865 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,718 testimonies posted here, with over 214 that are shared via video!

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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Priests for Life Praises House Action on Women’s Public Health and Safety Act

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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Date: September 30, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the Catholic Church’s largest organization focused on ending abortion, today hailed the House of Representatives’ passage of a bill to give states flexibility in deciding whether to fund abortion groups through the Medicaid program.

“The Women’s Public Health and Safety Act offers what the abortion lobby always claims it supports – choice,” said Fr. Pavone. “If people don’t want their tax dollars paying for the tools that dissect aborted babies, they shouldn’t be forced to finance such inhumanity.”

The House voted 236-193 to pass legislation that would grant express permission to states to exclude groups and individuals involved with abortion from their Medicaid programs. Currently, the Obama administration and federal courts have said that states cannot make this decision.

“Millions of people, through their elected state representatives, have tried to exercise their right not to subsidize those who abort babies,” added Fr. Pavone. “This bill would give them that right. Obviously, defunding Planned Parenthood is a multi-pronged effort, not resting on any one vote or measure. It will take creativity, patience, and perseverance to reach this goal, and yesterday’s successful vote was one more step in the process.”

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: Pope Francis Upholds ‘Convictions of Conscience:’ Is Obama Listening?

Friday, September 25th, 2015

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Date: September 24, 2015

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PHILADELPHIA – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization, today issued the following statement on Pope Francis’s address to Congress.

“Pope Francis reminded us today that our government must have ‘respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.’

“We at Priests for Life applaud Pope Francis’s affirmation of religious freedom in his remarks to Congress. His words highlight the need for Congress to take direct steps toward protecting rights of conscience and religious freedom, which are currently being violated by the HHS mandate. Priests for Life has been challenging this mandate in court for the last three-and-a-half years, and recently petitioned the Supreme Court to hear our case. We await the court’s decision.

Also, when Pope Francis declared that we must ‘protect and defend human life at every stage of its development,’ he reminded Congressional lawmakers of a fundamental principle of lawmaking, namely, that the law must protect human life from the moment it begins. Currently, our Congress, our president and our courts are failing to do that.

“This is not just one among many failures; it is a failure that redefines us as a nation. In the words of Pope St. John Paul II, this failure turns us into a “tyrant state.’

“This affirmation of Pope Francis to Congress today is not made in a vacuum. Every pope speaks and writes in the context of established Church teaching. His reference to the need to protect life from conception involves the body of teaching found in so many Church documents.

“There is no question that this is the most important foundation for advancing other human rights.”

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: VP Biden Misses the Point on Abortion

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

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September 24, 2015

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PHILADELPHIA — In an interview with the Jesuit publication America, Vice President Biden stated, “Abortion is always wrong … But I’m not prepared to impose doctrine that I’m prepared to accept on the rest of [the country]…I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing [and] non-God-fearing people that have a different view.”

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

“While the vice president acknowledges that abortion is always wrong, apparently he misunderstands the reason. Abortion is wrong for the same reason stealing is wrong or terrorist acts are wrong: These actions violate people’s rights. Are we to say that our faith opposes terrorism, but that we will allow it for people of other faiths? The goal of the pro-life movement and pro-life churches is not to impose beliefs on anyone, but rather to protect people from beliefs that others would invoke to kill 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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Priests for Life co-sponsoring Oct. 10 protest of Planned Parenthood

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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Date: September 21, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement this morning:

“Priests for Life is happy to be one of the national co-sponsors of the protests to take place simultaneously at hundreds of Planned Parenthood locations across the nation on Saturday, October 10. In a recent op-ed, I outlined the reasons.

“We who organize these protests are not a fringe group of fanatics. We represent the best of America, with compassion for those who feel they need to have an abortion — not because of freedom of choice but because they feel they have no freedom and no choice. We who protest also support, throughout the year, the thousands of pregnancy centers that provide alternatives to abortion.

“Moreover, we who reject abortion do not reject those who have abortions; rather, we embrace them with mercy, forgiveness, and healing. We who protest support the numerous programs for healing after abortion. At many of the protest sites, women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (www.SilentNoMore.com) will share their testimonies of pain and healing after abortion, and invite others to healing.

“We who protest also believe that America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion. At these protest sites, we will show the reality of what abortion is and of what Planned Parenthood does to these babies.

“Finally, we who protest believe that we have to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. We will not hesitate to call people to exercise their civic responsibility, both by lobbying Congress and the states to defund Planned Parenthood, and by voting pro-life in next year’s elections.”

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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Dear Miss Tennessee

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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First, let’s give honor where honor is due and congratulate Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, on her being crowned Miss America 2016 and thank her for her performance of Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio from Madame Butterfly; such an inspiration.

While this whole blog could be about Ms. Cantrell’s remarkable accomplishments, there is yet a need to talk about another contestant, Miss Tennessee. See her response to MAP 2016 Judge Vanessa Williams’ question: “Some legislators are threatening to shut down the government over federal contributions to Planned Parenthood, even though no federal funds can be used for abortions. Should Planned Parenthood funding be cut off?”

The phrasing of the question based on PP propaganda that “even though no federal funds can be used for abortions” was seemingly a clever smoke screen. Everyone knows that funds are fluid. Federal tax-payer money can be used to fund their other health services leaving the way clear for PP to use regular donations to fund abortions. Let’s also not forget that they also spend millions of dollars to influence elections by supporting pro-abortion candidates and opposing pro-life candidates.

Maybe Ms. Williams isn’t part of the machine, and maybe she just read the question that was handed to her. Then, perhaps Miss Tennessee, Hannah Robison, knowingly or perhaps unwittingly parroted the lies that Planned Parenthood broadcasts on a regular basis. I’m willing to give the ladies the benefit of the doubt.

We do know who the usual suspects are – Planned Parenthood.

So the plot thickens. Ms. Robinson said: “I don’t think Planned Parenthood funding should be cut off. The $500 million that [is given] to Planned Parenthood every single year goes to female care. It goes for scanning for cancer, it goes for mammograms. And if we don’t give that funding to Planned Parenthood, those women will be out of health care for reproductive causes.”

Actually, Defunding Planned Parenthood will not mean that, as she said; ‘women will be out of health care for reproductive causes.’ The $500+ million Planned Parenthood would normally get would just be given to other health care providers that provide the same services, and more, that Planned Parenthood provides without providing the abortions. The only thing that wouldn’t be funded is abortions which, by law, are not supposed to fund anyway. See this video by Students for Life on this subject.

Ms. Robison also seems to believe that the money Planned Parenthood receives is spent on providing mammograms. Maybe she is unaware that in fact Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms as Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards, once claimed. Four years ago Live Action exposed Cecile’s lie in this video. Actually PP only makes referrals for mammograms. Women then have to go elsewhere and pay for their mammograms.

Sadly, with over 7 million viewing the Miss America Pageant, there are 7 million viewers now either coughing up the PP lies or choking on them. There are millions who are victims of the propaganda.

Dear Miss Tennessee, I hope this message sheds some light on the matter. There are so many, including me, who have been fed the lies. However, I once was blind, and now I see.

The issue is this: Planned Parenthood certainly will not correct the lies. They have too much invested in their propaganda, which is also linked to selling of baby body parts. So we have to set the captives free by speaking out. Let’s Pray for (Miss) America.

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Fr. Pavone: The Ball is in Congress’s Court

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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Date: September 15, 2015

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NEW YORK — Another undercover video about the sale of body parts by Planned Parenthood was released today. Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, issued the following statement:

“The video released today reinforces the evidence that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of baby body parts — an activity that is illegal. Why, then, do Democrats continue to call this scandal a fraud? The video makes reference to the undercover effort that Life Dynamics undertook 15 years ago; we were involved in that effort with them. People called it a fraud back then, and the people in today’s video did as well. But it wasn’t. Planned Parenthood and the wider abortion industry were guilty then and they are guilty now.

“It is up to Congress and the states to stop the flow of taxpayer money to an organization involved in this highly unethical and illegal activity.”

To see all the videos go to www.babybodyparts.com

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Pro-life Themes on the Silver Screen

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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Date: September 15, 2015

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Speakers at World Meeting of Families Pro-Life International Symposium will highlight the value of family-friendly films.

PHILADELPIA — The culture of death has been winning at the box office for decades, but that is changing. Two of the speakers at next week’s Pro-Life International Symposium at the World Meeting of Families are in the vanguard of a growing movement working to spread a pro-life message on the silver screen.

Eduardo Verastegui, producer of 2007’s Bella and this year’s Little Boy, and Kathy DiFiore, whose work to hope homeless pregnant women was the inspiration for 2013’s Gimme Shelter, will be among the dynamic pro-life leaders who will headline the free event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Verastegui , who grew up in northern Mexico, had a successful career that traded on his good looks. He sang in a boy band, acted in a Spanish-language soap opera and performed in a steamy Jennifer Lopez music video. But when a young woman he hired to help him improve his English began speaking to him about God and the road he was traveling, he had a change of heart.

“I realized I was using my talent in a very selfish way,” Verastegui told Christian Broadcasting Network in a 2007 interview. “In my opinion, I was poisoning our society with the projects I was involved with. “

He made a decision to accept only roles that elevated human dignity, and went four years without a job. Finally, he and some friends founded a film production company called Metanoia that produced the overtly pro-life Bella, winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s “People’s Choice” award, and the pro-family Little Boy, which critics panned for its religious overtones but audiences loved. Verastegui also acted in both films.

Ms. DiFiore didn’t have Hollywood in mind when she first opened her home to pregnant women in crisis but her success in changing women’s lives and saving their babies at her Several Sources Shelters for more than 30 years attracted the attention of writer and film director Ron Krauss, who told the Houston Chronicle that Gimme Shelter “deals with some of the most life-changing and affirming things we can imagine: A mother and her child.”

At the Pro-Life International Symposium, Ms. DiFiore will announce details of a second film, currently in production, that was inspired by her work.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, also will speak at the event, which is an official World Meeting of Families gathering but is also open to the general public.

“The fact that abortion, and alternatives to abortion, are being brought to the big screen is a very positive development that was a long time coming,” Father Pavone said. “So many millions of women have been wounded by choosing abortion and no matter how warmly it is embraced by the entertainment industry, abortion is always the worst possible option. Films like Bella and Gimme Shelter highlight the fact that no matter how dire the circumstances seem, there is always a better choice.

“Families attending the World Meeting will be uplifted by Eduardo’s message and Kathy’s work. I hope everyone will make time for this vital symposium.”

For more information about the speakers and the event, go to www.ProLifeWorldEvent.com

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