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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

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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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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Priests for Life to Honor the Unborn at National Day of Remembrance

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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Date: September 10, 2015

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NEW YORK — The Priests for Life pastoral team will honor babies lost to abortion during the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children this weekend. The event was founded by Priests for Life, Pro-life Action League, and Citizens for a Pro-life Society. See www.AbortionMemorials.com.

The Day of Remembrance also launches a week of prayer and fasting (September 12-20) to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood (www.PrayerCampaign.org).

The coast-to-coast services at gravesites and memorials take on added significance this year in light of the scandal of Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and sale of baby body parts.

“Most of the babies buried in these gravesites across the country were recovered after their bodies had been illegally disposed,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion. “In many cases, pro-life people who attended the funerals and burials had the opportunity to give some honor to these bodies, which had been so dishonored in the abortion clinic.”

Father Pavone said it’s more important than ever for pro-lifers to attend these nationwide services because America’s awareness of what happens to children after abortion has been heightened and the memorial will underscore the point that these babies are human beings who have been subjected to numerous indignities, beginning with their brutal murders.

Father Pavone will speak Saturday, Sept. 12, at the 30th anniversary service for more than 16,000 babies buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles. The babies were discovered in a locked storage container and were the subject of a three-year court battle between pro-lifers who wanted to honor them with a burial and abortion advocates who wanted them disposed as medical waste, thus stripping them of their humanity. The babies finally were buried in 1985.

The service at the Odd Fellows Cemetery is sponsored by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Foot Soldiers for Life, and will begin at 10 a.m. PT. A Spanish service will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.

Father Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director of Priests for Life, will deliver the keynote address at the Ocean County Memorial Park Cemetery in Toms River, N.J., where 100 babies are buried. The service will begin at 10 a.m. ET.

Priests for Life Youth Director Bryan Kemper will speak at the gravesite for six babies at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio, at noon ET on Saturday.

Father Stephen Imbarrato will lead the service at the Tomb of the Unborn Child at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., at 4 p.m. Friday.

Priests for Life, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and the Pro-Life Action League sponsor the annual National Day of Remembrance.

“As we work to defund the abortion industry and to pass laws on the state and federal level that protect children living in the womb, it is only right — and a natural aspect of a culture of life — that we honor and mourn the over 56 million children who already have died in this American holocaust, and be present to those who have been buried,” Fr. Pavone added.

The prayer campaign that also begins on Saturday asks Churches to incorporate specific prayer intentions into their worship services, and urge their members to pray individually and in their families, for and end to abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood. Specific prayers are offered at www.PrayerCampaign.org that focus on the conversion of abortionists, the healing of those who have had abortions, and the strengthening of public officials.

For more information about Saturday’s memorial services, including a state-by-state list of locations, go to www.AbortionMemorials.com

Fr. Frank also announced that in Philadelphia, the memorial service for the babies killed by Kermit Gosnell will be held on Saturday, October 24. The date of that service was moved due to the Pope’s upcoming visit to Philadelphia.

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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Planned Parenthood Guilty of Murder, Priest Asserts; Congressional Hearing Major Step Forward

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

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Date: September 8, 2015

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WASHINGTON — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Planned Parenthood:

“Congress will begin hearings on Wednesday into the activities of Planned Parenthood. This initiative of the House Judiciary Committee, entitled ‘Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider,’ goes hand in hand with its ongoing investigation of both immoral and illegal activity on the part of Planned Parenthood.

“This step is, first of all, completely consistent with the very purpose of Congress and of government overall, which exists to secure the rights of the people it serves, starting with life itself. Second, it is imperative that Congress investigate potential illegal activities of an institution that receives a million and a half of our tax dollars every day. That should be a concern of every taxpayer, whether that person favors or opposes legal abortion.

“Third, in focusing on the details of late-term abortions, these hearings do a tremendous service to our nation as we continue to wrestle with the abortion issue. Most Americans who identify themselves as ‘pro-choice’ do not believe abortions should occur in the latest stages of pregnancy. And most of those who are unsure will become sure when they focus on the details of who these babies are and what abortion does to them.

“I have been a part of projects that investigate the abortion industry and I can say with certainty that there are Planned Parenthood personnel who — by the standards of the law — are guilty of murder, because some of the babies scheduled to be aborted are born alive and are killed outside the womb. Federal law prohibiting that practice needs to be enforced; Planned Parenthood is not above the law. Nor should it be above the basic moral standards of any civilized society.

“This week concludes with the National Day of Remembrance (www.AbortionMemorials.com) on Saturday, when simultaneous prayer services will be held at dozens of locations around the United States where the bodies of aborted babies — many of them killed by Planned Parenthood — are buried. I am proud to help coordinate this national observance. Like the hearings themselves, it helps our fellow citizens realize that abortion is not just about viewpoints, but about victims; it’s not just about beliefs, but about bloodshed.

“Also on Saturday, a national prayer campaign begins (www.PrayerCampaign.org) and focuses on praying for an end to the atrocities committed by Planned Parenthood. I urge all individuals, families, and Church communities to participate in this special period of prayer and fasting to last from September 12 – 20th.”

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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Prayer Campaigns Announced to Counteract Planned Parenthood

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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Date: September 4, 2015

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NEW YORK — Following upon a week of prayer and fasting that mobilized thousands of Churches across denominational lines from August 22-29, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion announced today that there will be two more similar campaigns this month and next, with the specific intention of ending abortion in the United States and ending the evils perpetrated by Planned Parenthood.

The campaigns will be from September 12-20 and from October 10-18.

As last time, churches across the Body of Christ will be urged to pray and fast in ways consistent with their own denomination’s theology and spirituality.

Suggested prayers will be offered at www.PrayerCampaign.org. The intentions of the prayers focus on ending the evils of Planned Parenthood, on the conversion of abortionists, on public officials, on the healing of those who have had abortions, and on various other aspects of building a culture of life.

The primary sponsor of the prayer campaigns is Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council, and they are joined by a coalition of other national religious groups.

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 Families

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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September 3, 2015

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Just as every member of a family suffers when a child dies of disease or in an accident, all relationships within a family are affected when a child is lost to abortion, according to child and family psychiatrist Dr. Philip G. Ney, who has said: “There is nothing more damaging to a family than the abortion of one of its children.”

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative focuses on families in September to help those who have been impacted by abortion face their grief and find healing.

Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Silent No More and National Director of Priests for Life, explained that Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is a year-long international effort to reach all the different groups of people who are impacted when a child dies from abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, survivors, pro-life advocates and those who perform or help provide abortion.

“In September, we acknowledge that someone is missing from the family portrait when a child has been lost to abortion,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More. “Whether it’s the child of both parents who has been lost, or just the mom or dad, the imprint of that child is felt by all family members. All of them need healing, and it is available.”

The unfolding Planned Parenthood atrocities reveal how abortion reduces an unborn child to a collection of body parts for sale to the highest bidder. But there is also a division that occurs in the heart and soul of the parents of these children.

“They carry this very intimate and unnatural experience of participating in the death of their unborn child into their subsequent relationships, marriage and family life,” said Kevin Burke, LSW, a Priests for Life pastoral associate and an architect of the Shockwaves initiative. “This unresolved grief and loss can interfere with women and men being able to negotiate the challenging waters of marriage and family life. They can struggle with communication, trust and intimacy. This naturally impacts family life.”

The good news is that with abortion healing programs like Rachel’s Vineyard, couples and families can be forgiven, grieve their lost family members, and find a new health and harmony together.

“The importance of family and family life is the core message of the World Meeting of Families to take place in Philadelphia later this month, and of the special event we will have there,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More. “Pope Francis, in bringing the world’s attention to the fact that those who have chosen abortion can be forgiven, has helped make families aware that abortion grief is real but does not have to last forever. Forgiveness and healing are available.”

To find healing resources, articles, blogs and prayers about healing the family, go to www.abortionshockwaves.com.

To learn about the event during the World Meeting of Families that will feature the Shockwaves initiative, see www.ProLifeWorldEvent.com. To learn more about what Pope Francis has said about forgiveness for those who have had abortions, see www.PriestsForLife.org.

To arrange interviews with anyone on the Shockwaves team or with families that have been healed, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email leslie@silentnomore.com

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

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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