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Priests for Life Announces Prayer Campaign for Victory in Supreme Court

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Date: November 9, 2015

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Churches and families asked to pray that HHS mandate is reversed

WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today a special prayer campaign for the Supreme Court to reverse the HHS mandate.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted the case of Priests for Life against the HHS mandate that tries to force us to cover abortion in our health insurance plans. Along with six other cases that have been consolidated with ours, the Court will consider whether the ‘accommodation’ that the Obama administration offers to groups like Priests for Life is a substantial burden to our religious freedom, and whether the government can achieve its objectives through less restrictive means,” Fr. Frank explained.

“Over the next six months or so, we ask all believers to join with us and the other plaintiffs in praying for victory in the Court. At our prayer website, PrayerCampaign.org, you will find a link to special prayers that we have written (http://www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/novena.aspx?id=8) for this intention.

“Victory for us and the other six cases means victory for every believer. It is not the government that decides what does or does not contradict our faith and our conscience. It is the believer, in union with his or her Church, who determines that. This is the essence of religious freedom,” Fr. Frank concluded.

To follow the progress of our case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.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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Supreme Court Grants Review in Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate, along with Six Other Cases

Friday, November 6th, 2015

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November 6, 2015

Fr. Frank Pavone , National Director of Priests for Life, announced this afternoon that the US Supreme Court has accepted the Priests for Life case against HHS mandate.

Six other cases were also granted review by the Court, and they are listed below.

“This is a great day in our battle for religious freedom against the culture of death, which wants us to participate in the spread of abortion. We will not do so, and we look forward to making our case at the Supreme Court,” Fr. Pavone said.

“This is great news that the Court has granted cert in our case against the HHS mandate,” said Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life. “Along with the other cases that have been consolidated along with ours, it is particularly appropriate that Priests for Life has been fighting this mandate, since the very purpose of the organization is to oppose the very activities that the mandate supports, particularly abortion.”

In the Priests for Life case, plaintiffs included, along with the organization, the following people in their individual capacity: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The cases accepted against the HHS mandate today are as follows:

CERTIORARI GRANTED
14-1418 ZUBIK, DAVID A. ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1453 PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL. V. DEPT. OF H&HS, ET AL.
14-1505 ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-35 E. TX BAPTIST UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS
15-105 LITTLE SISTERS, ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-119 SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIV., ET AL. V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.
15-191 GENEVA COLLEGE V. BURWELL, SEC. OF H&HS, ET AL.

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Supreme Court Close to Decision on Whether to Review HHS Mandate Challenge

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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Date: October 29, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement regarding Priests for Life’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate, which would force coverage of abortion:

“Priests for Life and six other petitions are now at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the HHS mandate. We may know by early next week which of these cases the High Court will accept for the current term. The Solicitor General has said the consolidated case of Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington presents the ideal vehicle for the justices to decide the many issues involved for faith-based ministries that object to providing abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.”

“Naturally we hope our case will be selected, but any case that is heard and decided in favor of religious liberty will be a victory for all the plaintiffs and for the nation. The alternative is a situation in which the government decides which religious beliefs matter and which do not. At Priests for Life, we will never accept such a thing, and we will never obey this mandate, no matter what happens in the Supreme Court.”

Priests for Life is represented by the American Freedom Law Center, a Michigan-based firm whose founders, Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi, specialize in defending religious liberty, freedom of speech and the sanctity of human life.

For information and updates on our case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.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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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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Circuit Split on HHS Mandate Good News for Priests for Life

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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Date: September 18, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the mixed rulings from the federal courts on Obamacare’s HHS mandate and the unconstitutional burden the mandate places on religious non-profits.

“Given that there is now a circuit split regarding whether the HHS mandate accommodation for non-profit groups violates their religious freedom, it is more likely that the Supreme Court will have to decide that point. In our own case for Priests for Life, we have already petitioned the Supreme Court to hear our appeal.

“But no matter what happens – whether or not the Supreme Court decides to hear the case and whether or not it ultimately rules against us, Priests for Life will not obey this mandate.”

Priests for Life is represented by the American Freedom Law Center.

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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Supreme Court Considering Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate

Monday, August 17th, 2015

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Date: August 17, 2015

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NEW YORK — The Supreme Court will meet on September 28 to consider whether or not it will hear Priests for Life’s challenge to the HHS mandate.

In the lead case for the Churches and religious non-profits objecting to the HHS mandate, “Priests for Life, et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services,” the Court consolidated the Priests for Life petition with that of the Archdiocese of Washington. Petitioners in the Priests for Life case include not only the organization, but also, in their personal capacities, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, as well as Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, and Fr. Frank Pavone.

The Obama administration’s response to the joint petitions contends that the new “accommodation” for faith-based ministries does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Robert Muise, co-founder and senior co-counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, said that, “In arguing, contrary to Priests for Life’s contentions, that it would be consistent with Catholic Church teaching for Priests for Life to comply with the challenged regulations, the government is taking on the impermissible role of deciding what does or does not violate Church teaching and then asking the Court to exceed both its judicial function and its judicial competence by confirming the government’s position. If the Court accepts this argument, it will destroy religious freedom as we know it.”

Priests for Life will submit its reply to the government’s objections on August 26.

Father Pavone said the government’s arguments are unpersuasive and dangerous:

“They are saying, in effect, that they know better than we do what violates our faith. It’s ridiculous, and it undermines all that American was founded on. It is the believer who believes, and the government is supposed to respect his right to believe, not control it.”

A Friend of the Court Brief supporting the petition of Priests for Life in this case has been filed, with the assistance of Americans United for Life, by the following groups: Association of American Physicians & Surgeons; American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Christian Medical Association; National Catholic Bioethics Center; Alabama Physicians for Life; National Association of Pro-life Nurses, and the National Association of Catholic Nurses.

Attorneys at the American Freedom Law Center have indicated that because Priests for Life, in addition to being a religious non-profit entity, is particularly well-suited to challenge the HHS mandate, because the very mission of the organization is to protect human life from precisely the activities that the mandate wants to expand.

To read the government’s response to Priests for Life’s petition, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/15-08-supreme-court.pdf To see all the documentation and commentary on this case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.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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Priests for Life granted stay in challenge against HHS mandate

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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Date: June 10, 2015

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NEW YORK — Priests for Life will not have to obey the HHS mandate – or pay steep fines for refusing to do so – after a federal appeals court granted the pro-life ministry a stay late today.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted our motion to stay the mandate, meaning that the injunction protecting us from the mandate will remain in place while the Supreme Court considers our case.”

On Tuesday, the ministry’s attorneys filed the cert petition asking the Supreme Court to hear its case, on the merits, challenging the HHS mandate, after the appeals court refused a petition to give the case a hearing before the full court.

“Without the stay granted today, we would have been in the position of being fined for failing to comply with the mandate,” Father Pavone said. “But no matter what happens, we will not obey the mandate, nor will we pay fines to the government.”

To read the petition, and to find more information on the case, see www.IStandWithPFL.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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Priests for Life files cert petition with U.S. Supreme Court in case against HHS Mandate

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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Date: June 9, 2015

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today announced that the ministry’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Our attorneys filed today our ‘cert petition’ with the U.S. Supreme Court. This means we are asking the Court to hear our case, on the merits, challenging the HHS mandate.

“We had to take this step after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against us in November, and then a few weeks ago denied our petition for an en banc hearing,” explained Fr. Pavone.

“We believe we can win this case at the High Court,” Fr. Pavone continued, “but let it be clear that we also believe in a higher court, and that no matter what happens, we will obey God rather than men.”

To read the petition, and to find more information on the case, see www.IStandWithPFL.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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Dr. Alveda King Reminds Mayor, Fire Chief: “It All Started With An Apple.”

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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January 13, 2015

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ATLANTA, GA – The growing controversies surrounding 1st Amendment religious and freedom of speech rights are reaching fever pitch, now in Atlanta between the Mayor and Fire Chief.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” -First Amendment to the Constitution.

Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life states: “A current classic example of miscommunication of these truths recently occurred in Atlanta between two beloved and respected leaders: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran over the seemingly never ending debate over sexuality”.

1Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.

These conflicts over religious freedom are not limited to issues of sexuality. For instance, in an ongoing lawsuit against the HHS Mandate, Priests for Life is doing exactly as instructed in 1Corinthians. Not only is it important to stand firm in the faith but we must stand up against the limiting of our 1st Amendment rights. This is especially important when it comes to the harmful effects of contraception, abortion and reproductive rights.

In fact, contraception and abortion have done so much damage to our nation and world that Priests for Life just last week announced a year-long initiative: “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion.” The initiative seeks to bring healing to everyone impacted by abortion by concentrating on a different segment of the population each month.

“In all matters of conflict, love, dignity, clarity and communication are key, even when viewpoints differ,” added King.

As my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.”

My father, Rev. A. D. King, speaking from Acts 17:26, said, “We are one blood, one human race.”

“From one blood GOD created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall and he determined their boundaries.”

Dr. King has posted a developing commentary: It All Started with an Apple which is available at http://priestsforlife.org/library/5154-and-it-all-started-with-an-apple

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Lead Nonprofit Case against HHS Mandate Moves Forward

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Date: December 15, 2014

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Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that its case is moving forward in the federal courts to challenge the HHS mandate. The fourth such case to be introduced, back at the start of 2012, the Priests for Life lawsuit will now be appealed to the full body of judges of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, where a three-judge panel issued an adverse ruling in November. “We are determined to go all the way to the Supreme Court, which we are convinced we will need to do in due time. But what we are doing now is the next step in that process. Ultimately, no matter how the courts rule, we will not obey the mandate, no matter what the consequences.”

The Court has consolidated the case brought by the Archdiocese of Washington (which case includes Catholic University of America, Thomas Aquinas College, and other plaintiffs) with that of Priests for Life. This consolidated case is at the lead of the religious non-profit cases against the mandate.

Lead attorney Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center explained, “Priests for Life is requesting that the D.C. Circuit rehear the case en banc (full court) because the panel’s decision directly conflicts with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hobby Lobby. Just as in Hobby Lobby, Priests for Life believes that if it complies with the regulation, it will be facilitating immoral conduct in violation of its Catholic faith. And just as in Hobby Lobby, if Priests for Life does not comply, it will pay a heavy price. That is the very definition of an unlawful burden on religious exercise. And should the full court refuse to rehear the case, we will seek review in the Supreme Court. This battle is not over.”

The filing of the case with the Court will take place today or tomorrow.

Fr. Pavone added, “We have been receiving statements of support from priests across the nation indicating that they stand with us in this battle for religious freedom. They know that this is not only a matter of the HHS mandate, but of the principle behind everything they do each day: the freedom of the Church to exist and function in society according to her beliefs.”

To keep up with the Priests for Life case and the arguments and talking points involved, see www.IStandWithPFL.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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