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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

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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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.”

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: 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.”

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 Medical Advisor Testifies Before Congressional Committee

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Anthony-Levatino-testifying

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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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

Contact: Leslie Palma
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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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