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Fr. Frank Pavone Praises GOP Platform’s Call for Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Date: July 19, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the inclusion of language in the approved Republican Platform calling for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment which, in an undefined and chilling way, tells churches and non-profit organizations that they must not “participate in or intervene in…any political campaign.”

“The Republican platform’s language is historic,” said Fr. Pavone. “For the first time, a major party has called for the freedom of churches and other non-profit organizations from the Johnson Amendment. That’s America. We’re about encouraging participation, not discouraging it.

“Last summer, in preparation for this election year, my book Abolishing Abortion was published, and it takes aim at the Johnson Amendment and at the distorted interpretations of it by the IRS and by Catholic dioceses and Church institutions.

Fr. Pavone continued, “It is time to face openly and honestly the problems this Amendment creates, and fix them. The platform is a step in the right direction, and is fully consistent with Catholic Church teaching which says, “At all times and in all places, the Church should have the true freedom to teach the faith, to proclaim its teaching about society, to carry out its task among men without hindrance, and to pass moral judgment even in matters relating to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it.” (Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, n. 76)

Delegates at the Republican Convention have approved the party platform, which states in part, “Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.”

“It is ironic,” added Fr. Pavone, “that many Church entities fight for religious freedom against the HHS mandate, but tolerate quite well the restrictions of religious freedom posed by the Johnson Amendment. In fact, some dioceses issue mandates of their own that quell religious freedom as much as the HHS mandate does. It’s time to wake up. We are not saying the Church should start endorsing candidates. We are saying that that the decision about how much to say regarding elections is a decision that should be made by the Church, not the government.”

For more information on the Johnson Amendment and the position of Priests for Life, see www.PoliticalResponsibility.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 Praises House for Passing Conscience Protection Act

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

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Date: July 13, 2016

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ROME — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing the Conscience Protection Act.

“Given our own Supreme Court case against the HHS mandate, we at Priests for Life understand very well the dangers that freedom of conscience faces in our nation today. It is crucial that pro-life legislation like the Conscience Protection Act be made permanent law. No one should be forced to participate in abortion for any reason, nor should any entity be coerced into providing health insurance that covers abortion. I’m confident the Senate will also see the wisdom of this bill.”

The Conscience Protection Act would codify the Weldon Amendment, which prohibits federal, state, and local governments from discriminating against health care providers, including hospitals, doctors, and nurses, that refuse to provide, perform, or refer for abortions. In addition, the bill would give victims of abortion discrimination the ability to seek relief in the courts.

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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Evangelist Alveda King: Hey SCOTUS! Serve women; save babies.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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Evangelist Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn with Priests for Life, citing recent quotes from a seemingly unlikely pair of social justice headliners, Walter Hoye of Issues4Life and BET Award Winner Jessie Williams, notes that SCOTUS is out of touch with the American Dream.

In a not so surprising move yesterday, SCOTUS overturned Texas law that sought to protect women from substandard care in Texas abortion mills. “This decision will hurt women and kill babies,” King said.

“Don’t be misled — you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”(Galatians 6:7 NLT)

Citing a report from Walter Hoye at issues4life foundation, King noted abortion is the number one killer of Blacks in America; higher than heart attacks, diabetes, and hypertension. Hoye states that according to Violence Policy Center, there were 6,217 Black American homicides for the year 2013. When compared to Black American abortions, the 429,000 abortions in Black America for 2013 represent 69 times the number of Black American homicides.

Hoye also cited a recent analysis by Dennis Howard, President of the Movement for a Better America, who has written extensively on abortion demographics, which shows that out of every 1,680 pregnant Black American women 15-44, 1,000 will give birth to their child and 680 will abort their baby. The analysis was based on data from the U.S. Statistical Abstract for 2013 and the National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 64, No. 1 dated January 15, 2015.

King also applauded remarks by Jessie Williams, the actor/activist who accepted the recent BET Humanitarian Award for his work in the black community. After going through his customary thank yous and acknowledgements, Williams said: “A system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.”

Connecting the dots, King summed it up pointing that the fight for freedom begins in the womb; and by quoting her Uncle MLK and colleague Rev. Frank Pavone: “Hey SCOTUS, you and the abortion industry can’t serve the public by killing the public. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!”

King added: “Break every chain. 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.”

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ExposeAbortion.com Effort Launched in Response to Supreme Court Decision

Monday, June 27th, 2016

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Date: June 27, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that his organization is re-launching and intensifying ExposeAbortion.com, by which the abortion industry will be exposed to the light of day and the conscience of the American public.

“Obviously, the Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt demonstrates that not enough people know and care about the fact that the abortion industry is an unscrupulous, unregulated industry that cares no more for women than for the children it kills and throws away,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Consistent with our approach to abortion over the last 25 years, we will increase our efforts to expose it. ExposeAbortion.com will be the central focus for efforts, both online and in the streets, in legislators and in courts, in churches and in classrooms, to expose abortion on several levels:

a) the procedure itself, via photos, diagrams and videos (www.Unborn.info);
b) the impact on women, men, and families via the testimonies of our Silent No More Awareness Campaign (www.SilentNoMore.com); and
c) the corruption of the abortion industry, via testimonies of former and current abortionists and undercover investigations.

“We will call upon all people of good will to join us in this effort, which is not based on religious arguments, but simply on the facts of what abortion is and what it does,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

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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Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Telephone Press Conference Monday After Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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Date: June 24, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected Monday, June 27, in the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt — a case that could have far-reaching implications for abortion facilities across the country — Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media at 11:30 a.m. that day.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo, Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

To take part in the call, dial 712-432-0700, then dial access code 619300#

Priests for Life submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one in Texas is necessary.

Any questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

You can read a series of op-eds published by Fr. Frank about this case here.

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 Blasts HHS Decision to Allow California to Break Federal Law

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Date: June 23, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the federal Department of Health and Human Services decision to overlook federal law and force health insurers in California to cover abortion.

“We have already seen how willing the unelected bureaucrats who run HHS are to disregard Americans’ freedom of religion, and this Weldon Amendment decision demonstrates the behavior of an Administration that seeks to obliterate faith entirely.”

The Weldon Amendment prevents federal funds from going to states that discriminate against health care entities that do not provide or fund abortions.

“We continue to battle the Administration through our own Supreme Court case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, regarding a distinct but similar mandate, and we strongly support a legislative solution to enforce the Weldon amendment, such as the Conscience Protection Act (HR 4828).”

Fr. Pavone continued, “Moreover, all of this again points to the critical importance of religious liberty as an issue in the November elections. We need a president who supports religious liberty and appoints judges who do the same. I urge everyone to keep this in mind as they vote in November.”

“I stand with Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and other pro-life lawmakers in Congress who strongly oppose HHS in this matter,” Father Pavone said.

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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Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Press Conference Following Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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Date: June 16, 2016

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With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule as early as today on a Texas abortion case that could have far-reaching implications for facilities across the country, Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media shortly after the ruling is announced.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

Priests for Life also submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one Texas is defending are necessary.

As soon as the ruling is announced, Priests for Life will send an email with precise instructions for dialing into the conference, and a list of the participants.

All questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, as 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

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

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Priests for Life calls for prayer for victory in Texas abortion case

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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Date: June 9, 2016

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NEW YORK — Sometime within the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue an opinion on the most important abortion-related case in decades. To pave the way for victory in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is calling on churches, pro-life groups, families and individuals to pray a special prayer he wrote about the case and its importance to mothers and unborn children across the country.

The prayer asks God for His protection for unborn children and their parents and wisdom for the Supreme Court justices who are weighing their decision, and looks forward to the day “when all children and their families enjoy the full protection of the law.”

To find the prayer, as well as documents related to the case, go to www.SupremeCourtVictory.com

“Prayer is at the core of the pro-life effort, and this case is no exception. This case, moreover, has the potential of protecting countless women and children from abortionists who are so unqualified as not to be able to get hospital admitting privileges, and from clinics whose standards cannot measure up to those of ambulatory surgical facilities,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

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. Frank Pavone Praises Oklahoma’s New Measure to Promote an Abortion-Free Society

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Date: June 7, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law legislation that will provide pregnant women, students, and the general public with information “for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.”

“States promote life by discouraging smoking, illicit drug use, and drunk driving,” said Fr. Pavone. “Promoting an abortion-free society is entirely consistent with this ethic. Oklahoma’s Governor and legislature have performed a great public service by establishing these new life-affirming public information sources.”

The law, known as the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, authorizes the state health department to make available online scientifically verifiable information on the unborn child’s development, described at two-week intervals. The government website will also list public and private agencies and services available to help pregnant mothers and those with newborns.

In addition, the measure establishes a student curriculum to be made available to local school districts on a voluntary basis that’s “consistent with the provisions of the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act.” Public service announcements that “consistently teach that abortion kills a living human being” will also be produced.

“Oklahoma – and all states – have a compelling interest in promoting public health,” added Fr. Pavone. “I can think of no greater way to do that than to create an abortion-free society. I strongly urge the legislature to appropriate the funds necessary to put these programs into action.”

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 Proposes Next Step in HHS Mandate Case

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Date: May 27, 2016

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NEW YORK – Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. have filed a letter with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit proposing a next step in their ongoing lawsuits challenging the Obamacare HHS mandate.

The letter by the appellants refers to the consolidated cases before the D.C. Circuit, Priests for Life v. HHS and Archbishop of Washington v. Burwell. (These two cases were consolidated by the D.C. Circuit and heard in 2014; the Court ruled against Priests for Life and the Washington Archdiocese in December 2014, after which the case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which consolidated these two cases with five others, comprising the case Zubik vs. Burwell. The Supreme Court recently sent the cases back to the four appellate courts from which they came. Hence, now, Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington are together again in the D.C. court.)

The letter proposes that the appellants submit to the Court of Appeals in 30 days a status report on any progress made with the government in resolving the matter. The filing is the appellants’ first court submission since the Supreme Court action less than two weeks ago.

“The Supreme Court noted in its Zubik v. Burwell decision that the administration has confirmed that it could draft a regulation that meets our religious liberty concerns,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “We are hopeful that the government will adhere to that confirmation and end this case quickly.”

Under the Supreme Court’s Zubik ruling, all seven lawsuits that were before the highest court were remanded to their respective appeals courts on May 16. In a move widely interpreted as favorable to Priests for Life and the other religious non-profit groups, the Court noted that the government has stated in a legal brief that its HHS mandate accommodation can be modified to protect the religious concerns of those organizations.

“This particular case to protect religious liberty has gone on for over four years,” added Fr. Pavone. “With the Supreme Court’s recent action that proposes a feasible solution, there’s no reason for the Obama administration to delay. It’s time for a resolution.”

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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