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Medical Groups Stand with Priests for Life in Supreme Court Case against Obama’s HHS Mandate

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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Date: November 18, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning in advance of the press conference at 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in which he, Janet Morana, Dr. Alveda King (all of Priests for Life) and David Yerushalmi (American Freedom Law Center, representing Priests for Life) will address their challenge to the HHS mandate in the case recently accepted by the Supreme Court:

“As we hold our press conference this morning, I want to point out that seven national organizations comprised of physicians, bioethicists, and other health-care professionals, have filed a friend of the court brief that was accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court when it granted cert to our case a week and a half ago. The organizations are as follows:

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PRO-LIFE OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS
CHRISTIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIOETHICS CENTER
ALABAMA PHYSICIANS FOR LIFE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRO LIFE NURSES
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC NURSES

“The brief these organizations have filed provides the medical evidence that some of the ‘services’ that we object to covering in our insurance plan do in fact act in such a way as to end a new human life after it has begun. Moreover, as health-care professionals who regularly have to defend their own rights of conscience, these organizations stand with us to oppose any government coercion we face to violate our own conscience.

“We thank these groups for standing with us, and look forward to victory in this case.”

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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Statement by Alveda C. King Regarding the Priests for Life HHS Mandate Lawsuit Currently Before the United States Supreme Court

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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Date: November 18, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Washington, DC – As Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and a post abortive mother who has experienced the pain and harm of contraceptive agents such as shots, pills and devices, I join several women employees of Priests for Life in standing against any implied or otherwise open participation with any aspect of the HHS Mandate. I stand with Priests for Life which includes Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life; Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life; and myself.

The HHS Mandate infringes upon my rights as a woman, my religious freedom, my civil rights, and my health and well being.

Understanding that the U. S. Supreme Court speaks and rules from a position of common law — human law, and operating under a measure of authority to govern, in America theirs is the highest rule of law that humans can make. Yet the rule of the USSC is not the final word.

In the end, natural law, God’s law will always trump common law. Do not fear or be confused or deceived. Remain prayerful. Keep looking up. God will have the final word in this matter.

Therefore, I must encourage listeners in this manner: “Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”(Galatians 6:7 NLT)

“Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV

As to the decisions before us regarding the HHS Mandate, in contrast to God’s law, the civil laws and common laws of nations are not written on anyone’s conscience or mind.

They are not written in the physical creation. Nor are they appended to the Bible. The civil laws of nations are only written in their own law books.

Consequently, the validity and force of such laws are based solely on national authority. There is no other supporting evidence or “witness” to testify for the validity of specific civil laws.

Consequently, in order for the civil laws of any nation to be authoritative, they must at least be supported by the testimony of another source and that they are consistent with God’s delegation of authority to civil governments.

This is more thoroughly explained in Romans 13:

“Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God. Therefore he that resisteth the power, withstandeth the ordinance of God: and they that withstand shall receive to themselves judgment. For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. And wouldest thou have no fear of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise from the same:

Wherefore ye must needs be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.

Render to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not murder, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: love therefore is the fulfilment of the law.”

Romans 13:1-3, 5, 7-10 ASV

In order for the laws of a nation to be valid, they must at the very least harmonize with, and not contradict, the law of God. We know the law of God by looking to its expressions. If the laws of a nation conflict with one of the expressions of the law of God, then something is amiss. Or, perhaps we do not understand one or the other clearly.

Unfortunately, for women, the HHS Mandate does not conform to this formula which is why I stand with Priests for Life in the complaint against the HHS Mandate.

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Press Conference to Draw Line in the Sand

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

PriestsForLife

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DATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2015

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Niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others to Explain Supreme Court Challenge to HHS Mandate

Washington, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:

“Tomorrow morning at 11am at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, I will hold a press conference together with others on our Priests for Life team to explain what is at issue in our challenge to the HHS Mandate. The US Supreme Court has accepted the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS, along with six other similar cases.

“Along with Priests for Life as an organization, our case names as individual plaintiffs Dr. Alveda King (our Director of African-American Outreach), Janet Morana (our Executive Director) and me. We will all be there, along with our attorney David Yerushalmi, who, with Robert Muise, represent us in this case through the American Freedom Law Center.

“At the press conference, we will explain in clear terms what is at issue in this case. We want the public to understand why we refuse to sign a simple form which, after all, says that we want to opt-out of providing insurance coverage for morally objectionable services.

“And we will also draw a line in the sand. We have said already that we will not obey the mandate, even if the Court upholds it. At this press conference, we will issue a rallying cry for others to join with us, and will remind the public of how essential this case is to the religious freedom of all Americans.”

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“My Uncle, Martin Luther King, Jr. Would Be Proud of our Supreme Court Case” Dr. Alveda King Comments on Priests for Life Challenge to #HHSMandate

Friday, November 13th, 2015

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Date: November 13, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and full-time Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, commented today on Priests for Life vs. HHS, a case that is one of seven that have just been accepted by the Supreme Court for review in the current term.

“I know that my father, Rev. A.D. King, and my Uncle, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud to see my name on a lawsuit that seeks to protect freedom of religion,” Dr. King said. “I am taking this action on behalf of my daughters and granddaughters, all the young women I work with, and every American who refuses to be told how to practice their faith.”

Priests for Life was the fourth group to file a federal lawsuit against the HHS mandate, back in February 2012. The organization is represented by the American Freedom Law Center, and its lead attorneys Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi.

Also represented in the case, along with the Priests for Life organization itself, are Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, and Janet Morana, Executive Director.

“I could not in good conscience provide access for my employees to the harmful products the mandate would require us to cover,” Mrs. Morana said. “My book, Recall Abortion, documents the harm so many have experienced.

“Moreover, the accommodation the Obama administration has come up with is no accommodation at all. I am opposing the mandate as an American who favors religious freedom, as a pro-life advocate whose organization exists precisely to protect human life, not take or harm it, and as a Catholic whose faith is unequivocal on these points.”

Priests for Life will host a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. For more information on the lawsuit, 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 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.

For more details visit IStandWithPFL.com

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

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

PriestsForLife

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Date: October 29, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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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

PriestsForLife

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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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