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Silent No More Awareness coordinator to speak at West Coast Walk for Life

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012





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Jan. 17, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Jacquie Stalnaker’s boyfriend drove her to an abortion clinic with a gun on the floor of the car. He told her their baby would die that day, or that both she and the baby would. When she came out of the clinic afterward, he was nowhere to be found and never seen again. She collapsed on the street, lost half the blood in her body, and subsequently survived recurring stage-four uterine cancer and the removal of a 25-pound tumor.

She had aborted the only child she would ever conceive, and she lived with her secret for decades.

But now this former Miss West Virginia, former national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, and current executive director for Ignatius Productions is Silent No More, and is an invited speaker at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Jan. 21.

“It took me 22 years to be able to speak out about it,” said Ms. Stalnaker, a resident of Birmingham, Ala., and a regional coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “Now I talk about it everywhere I go.”

To see a video of Ms. Stalnaker discussing her abortion and its aftermath, go to http://bit.ly/wlktss

The eighth annual Walk for Life West Coast will begin at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, when Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More, and 14 women and men who are part of the campaign will share their testimonies.

Ms. Stalnaker will be one of the speakers at a rally to begin at 12:30 p.m. The Walk, along Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza, will begin at 1:30 p.m. For information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com.

“What we often say is that experience trumps rhetoric,” said Mrs. Forney, a Pennsylvania resident. “People can talk about the right to choose but it is time to hear about the real consequences of the choice. We also want others who are hurting after abortion to know they are not alone, help is available. That is why we are Silent No More.”

For more on the campaign, visit www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.Org. To arrange an interview with Ms. Stalnaker, Mrs. Forney or anyone from the Silent No More team, please email media@priestsforlife.org or call 347-286-7277.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 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 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 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: Silent No More Awareness Campaign






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National Pro-Life Religious Council to Bestow Awards at Jan. 23 Service in Capitol Visitors Center

Monday, January 16th, 2012





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Date: January 16, 2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 18th annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in Room HVC 201 of the Capitol Visitors Center.

The National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) will present its annual Pro-Life Recognition Award to Chris Slattery, founder of EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, and Karolyn Schrage, executive director of Life Choices in Joplin, Mo.

Kelly Clinger, a recording artist and spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Tony Melendez, a guitar player who was born without arms and plays with his feet, will perform.

During the service, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life will also announce a Pro-life Award for Victoria Hearst, founder of Praise Him Ministries in Colorado.

The National Conference for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers was founded in 1994 by Rev. Rob Schenck of Faith and Action and Fr. Paul C.B. Schenck of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill. It is the only pro-life prayer service convened on the U.S. capitol complex. Additional sponsors include the National Clergy Council, National Pro-Life Radio and National Pro-Life Center.

This year’s honorees are involved in providing alternatives to abortion.

Slattery launched Expectant Mother Care-EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers in mid-town Manhattan in 1984. It was New York City’s first crisis pregnancy center and remains the largest network of pregnancy help centers in the tri-state area.

He pioneered the use of onsite ultrasound and pre-natal care in a crisis center, and introduced 3D and 4D ultrasound in lifesaving work when the technology became available. He also pioneered using mobile ultrasounds with sidewalk counseling teams outside abortion clinics in major cities.

Mrs. Schrage, a registered nurse, worked as a medical missionary in Kenya for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Mike, produced a film addressing unplanned pregnancy issues in East Africa. The film was translated into eight languages and has been shown in many African countries.

In 2003, Mrs. Schrage and her family moved back to the United States, where she joined the LifeChoices medical team. LifeChoices Medical Clinic and 4U Testing Clinic in Joplin, Mo., provide confidential, compassionate medical services for individuals facing a sexual health crisis or unplanned pregnancy. LifeChoices works in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control to reduce the sexually transmitted disease epidemic in the USA.

“Pregnancy centers are on the front lines of the war against abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-life Religious Council. “Chris and Karolyn recognized this and decided to focus their considerable energies and talents to inspire young with the courage to love and to choose life. The National Pro-Life Religious Council salutes these pro-life heroes.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.






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Parents Should Protect Their Children, Not Hurt Them

Thursday, January 5th, 2012





Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3

It’s such a pity when a 14 year old teenager has more respect for life that the parents who gave birth to her. That’s the case in Corpus Christi, TX where the parents of a 14 year old teen are trying to force their daughter to have an abortion. Their daughter is about two months pregnant and wants to have her baby. The family of this brave teenager “allegedly tried to force her to have an abortion last month” as reported by KIII News.

Stephen Casey, an attorney with Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL), was in court again yesterday to try and get a temporary restraining order (TRO) which was issued last month extended through her pregnancy. That request was denied but the TRO was extended another 15 days and appointed a guardian ad litem, a family attorney for the girl, to help her make decisions in her best interest.

My first thought when I read this story is that these parents have no idea what they will do to their daughter and grandchild if they force her to have an abortion.

Abortion has been linked to many physical problems including complications from the abortion procedure, breast cancer, and even death. Abortions has also been linked to psychological problems like depression, relationship problems, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, drug and alcohol abuse and many others.

If the parents of this 14 year old visited sites like Priests for Life, Silent No More Awareness and Rachel’s Vineyard and did a little investigative work, they would see that any perceived problems they feel their daughter would have be carrying the baby to term would be far outweighed by the harm and impact that an abortion can have on the rest of her life.

If they feel that their daughter is too young to care for the child they would be much better off supporting her in carrying the baby to term and encouraging her to put the baby up for adoption.

What I think gets lost in the abortion debate is that life is a gift from God. When we reject that gift, we are also rejecting the giver, God. When we do that, nothing good can come of it. On the other hand, if we accept the gift and thank God for that gift, He will bless us. If we make prayerful decisions that honor God, then our decisions will receive His blessings and we cannot go wrong, whether we decide to keep the baby or offer it up to another loving family.

Parents should protect their children, born and unborn. That is what this young mother is trying to do, protect her child. Mary, the Virgin Mother was only fourteen when she conceived Jesus and that turned out GREAT! What if her parents had forced her to get rid of her child? No salvation, no redemption.






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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Launches New Website

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 3, 2012

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign today unveiled a new website designed to make its three-fold mission immediately understandable and accessible.

The top of the page at www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org features buttons for women who are pregnant and need help, for those who are suffering from the pain of a past abortion and need healing, and for those who want to become more involved in reaching out to pregnant women and mothers and fathers who have experienced abortion.

“When we launched our first site in 2003, we wanted to make sure it had all the information we wanted to get out,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “The new site makes sure we are reaching all the people we want to share that information with. The connection with those we’re trying to reach is more obvious.”

Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life, said the updated look of the new site helps make it much more user friendly.

“It allows visitors to clearly and quickly get to wherever they want to go,” Mrs. Morana said.

The testimonies of women and men who regret their past abortions have always been a popular draw for site visitors, and are still readily accessible. A new “Featured Story of the Day,” brings visitors to the testimony section, which also can be accessed from the “Stories” button at the top of the page.

“The voices of the men and women who have had abortions, and have come to regret it, are the most powerful weapons we have in our fight to end abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and National Director of Priests for Life.

Proof of the Silent No More web site’s power came with a phone call to the campaign office the day before New Year’s Eve. Mrs. Forney answered a call from a mother of three who said she had an appointment to abort her fourth child the following day. After reading some of the testimonies, she realized “She didn’t want to have the regret these women suffer from. And she was concerned that, although she is always able to forgive others, she might not ever be able to forgive herself.”

By the end of their conversation, the woman realized she didn’t need to “depend on abortion” to solve the challenges the unplanned pregnancy presented. She told Mrs. Forney she was canceling her appointment.

“As we unveil this website, we invite all groups and Churches to use it as a key resource for help after abortion and for strength to those who might otherwise make that mistake,” Father Pavone said.

Visit the new site at www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org. To reach the office by phone, call 1-800-707-6635 or 1-888-735-3448.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 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 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 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: Silent No More Awareness Campaign






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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Urges VA. Governor To Enact Abortion Clinic Rules

Monday, December 5th, 2011





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Dec. 5, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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The Silent No More Awareness Campaign today released a statement in support of the proposed abortion clinic regulations in Virginia that are awaiting the signature of Gov. Bob McDonnell. The new rules would require clinics to meet hospital standards and undergo government inspections.

“In the name of ‘choice,’ women have accepted sub-standard care in facilities with less oversight than most veterinarian offices,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life. “These new regulations would force abortion clinics to function more like hospitals. Now they are just assembly lines of death and grief.”

In February, the State General Assembly approved establishment of new restrictions for the state’s 20 abortion clinics, and in September, the Virginia Board of Health approved the proposed rules. After McDonnell’s review, the regulations are scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.

“Clinic directors in Virginia say they may have to close if forced to meet these new standards,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “That is a shocking admission of just how shoddy these facilities are. Many of the women who speak publicly about their abortions as part of our campaign talk of the sub-standard care they received. Women and their unborn children are nothing but commodities. Opposition to these regulations has nothing to do with choice, and everything to do with profit.”

Dr. Alveda King, a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, urged women to contact Gov. McDonnell’s office at www.governor.virginia.gov to voice their support for the abortion clinic regulations.

“This is not just a pro-life/pro-choice issue,” said Dr. King. “This is about protecting women, and everyone who cares about women’s health should support these regulations.”

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 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 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 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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Julia is Silent No More

Thursday, October 6th, 2011





Julia Holcomb’s voice still rings with the soft and melodic tones of a sixteen year old girl. That’s how old she was when she met rock star Steven Tyler at a concert. Their first encounter led her on a path that would end up in pain, and later in the redemption at the feet of Jesus. Now, Julia is “Silent No More!” Praise the Lord!

I learned of Julia shortly after Steven Tyler announced his desire to be a good father while he was judging “American Idol” last season. I was touched by Steven’s words, thinking how there had to me more to his story than the world knew at the time. Some of his daughters were in the audience, and I reflected how Steven’s beautiful Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler looked like him. Within a few days, I was reading of Steven’s post abortion testimony in his book, how when he encouraged his young girlfriend to abort their son. His heart wrenching words when he saw the body of their son, “Jesus, what have I done?” wrung my post abortive heart. http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/blog/index.php/american-idol-again-steven-tyler-has-an-abortion-story-to-tell


When our very own Kevin Burke of Rachel’s Vineyard wrote an article about Steven and the pain that fathers experience after abortion, the baby’s mother, Steven’s former fiancé, Julia Holcomb wrote to Kevin. She regretted the abortion, and was willing to share her story.

Now, you won’t want to miss this compelling and redeeming testimony. Please share Julia’s story with your network.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/articles/3788-steven-tylers-ex-fiance-silent-no-more-about-her-abortion

http://www.priestsforlife.org/video/index.aspx?flv=julia-holcomb






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STOP FORCED ABORTION NOW!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011





www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org

If you don’t know about this heinous genocide movement, please take moment to see the truth about the population control movement is about. 50 + million in US through Roe V Wade; 400 Million in China through One Child Forced Abortion Policy. It will seem unbelievable. BELIEVE IT! Let’s STOP ABORTION EVERYWHERE.






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New Season of “Defending Life” Premieres Tonight

Thursday, September 8th, 2011





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Date: September 8, 2011

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – The 19th season of Defending Life, hosted by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, will begin airing Sept. 8 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the world’s largest religious cable network. Reaching some 150 million TV homes in 144 countries and territories, and 250 million potential radio listeners worldwide, Defending Life, airing since 1995, is the longest-running and farthest-reaching series on abortion ever produced by either side of the abortion debate.

The show will be repeated at 2:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturdays, and also can be heard on EWTN Radio Fridays at 1 a.m., Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 a.m.
Topics to be tackled this season include: “Lessons Learned from Baby Joseph;” “What Happens When Roe v. Wade is Overturned;” “Stop D&E Abortions,” and “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood.” The season will conclude with a discussion of the importance of the 2012 elections.
“These 13 shows give a realistic look at the many dimensions of the tragedy of abortion and at the progress which the pro-life movement is making to counteract it,” Father Pavone said. “Much work remains to be done, and the goal of our series is to activate and train people to do that work.”

For more details, visit Defending Life.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.






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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Celebration: “Now is the time” to Redeem the Dream

Thursday, August 25th, 2011





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2011

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” - Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a Dream” speech from August 28, 1963

WASHINGTON D.C. – Heartbeat International joins Protecting Black Life, National Black Pro-Life Coalition and several other national organizations to sponsor “Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” a candid discussion in context of the “Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While Dr. King is remembered with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington D.C. this week, Heartbeat International Board members Dr. Alveda King, MLK’s niece, and Pastor Derek McCoy join several other co-chairs in hosting a timely event on August 27th to discuss the injustice of abortion in the Black community.

According to Protecting Black Life website: “Since 1973 (year abortion was legalized in the U.S.) more African American babies have been killed by abortion than the total number of African American deaths from all other causes combined.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of peace, justice, and most of all a man of God,” said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. “Were he alive today, he would be working to secure peace and justice for those in the womb and healing for a nation that is still pained by over 50 million missing lives.”

“Dr. King spoke at the Lincoln Memorial 48 years ago to remind America of the fierce urgency of now saying, ‘Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.’,” said Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. “As the nation celebrates Dr. King’s legacy, we want to remind America that Heartbeat’s pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies participate in Dr. King’s mission by providing one-on-one support so no woman ever feels so alone, coerced or hopeless that she ends the life of one of God’s children through abortion.”

Alveda reminds us that it was her Uncle Martin who said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Heartbeat’s pregnancy centers serve women with unexpected pregnancies by providing the practical help and emotional support they need to welcome a new life. This includes helping them to recognize their own inherent value and the inestimable significance of the child they carry. Heartbeat International, founded in 1971, is a Christ-like association of 1,200 pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, non-profit adoption agencies, and medical clinics across the nation and in 50 other countries.






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Silent No More Campaign Member To Be Featured At Summer Of Mercy 2.0

Friday, August 5th, 2011





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Date: August 5, 2011

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GERMANTOWN, MD. – Kelly Stauffer, who underwent a late-term abortion at the age of 14, will be a featured speaker today, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. as the Summer of Mercy 2.0 continues outside the office of LeRoy Carhart.

Ms. Stauffer is a member of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest mobilization of men and women who speak out about their abortion experience. In her testimony, she will describe her experience as a young, pregnant teenager whose parents turned to the late-term abortionist George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas, to end her five-month pregnancy.

Her ordeal lasted five days, and immediately after the abortion, she said during an earlier protest outside Carhart’s office, “I knew I had killed my own child.” A downward spiral followed, with countless visits to therapists and prescriptions for anti-depressants that did not help. Ten years after the abortion, she found a therapist who diagnosed the source of her pain and recommended she attend a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat to find healing.

Now 29, married and the mother of a toddler, Ms. Stauffer said her abortion experience “still hurts.”

“Many defend legal abortion using the slogan ‘freedom of choice,’ ” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard and of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “The irony of course is that women seeking abortions do not do so because of freedom of choice. They do so precisely because they feel they have no freedom and no choice. Kelly Stauffer’s story is a poignant example of that.”

Father Pavone, who delivered the keynote address on the opening night of the Summer of Mercy 2.0, urged anyone who is able to attend the remaining days of the rally to make plans to do so. Carhart closed his office this week to avoid the protests, and organizers are hoping to keep the abortion mill shut for another week at least. Large turnouts over the weekend can help make that a reality.

Summer of Mercy 2.0 participants gather outside Carhart’s clinic at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. for formal prayer and worship, and to hear from nationally known speakers. Smaller groups maintain vigil throughout the day.

“We are really encouraged by the participation from the local churches. Men and women who have never stood outside an abortion clinic before are bringing their families to the streets to stand for life,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, a key organizer of the event. “It is great to see so many new people being brought into the movement and activated.”

To see a video of Ms. Stauffer’s Silent No More testimony, click here.

For information about the Summer of Mercy, click here.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.






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