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Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life Urges Congress to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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Date: May 11, 2015

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“It Would be Immoral Not to Support This Bill”

NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on the House of Representatives to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) this week.

“Not only are five-month-old unborn babies pain-capable, but they are increasingly capable of life outside the womb at that age, too,” said Fr. Pavone.

“The unborn cannot say ‘Ouch!’ but their bodies – through analysis of the anatomical structure, through hormonal stress responses, and through full body responses to stimuli – tell us that they feel pain. This is enough motive for the government to protect them, and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will do precisely that.”

The House had been scheduled on January 22 to vote on legislation to protect from abortion unborn babies 20 or more weeks old, but the vote was delayed until this week.

“This week marks the anniversary of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder convictions,” added Fr. Pavone. “I will never forget sitting in that courtroom listening to the arguments about how a few inches in the location of these babies would mean the difference between guilt and innocence for the man who killed them. By passing the Pain Capable bill this week, Congress can honor the memory of those and countless other babies.”

“Now I have heard some say that because this law does not protect all unborn children, that it is wrong to support it. Somehow they believe we are guilty for not doing what we cannot do. But actually, we would be guilty if we fail to do what we can do, and therefore to support a bill like this, in a form that will secure a majority of “yes” votes, is morally obligatory,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Today and tomorrow Priests for Life is urging citizens and their Churches to contact their Representatives to urge a YES vote on H.R. 36,” 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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Montana Governor Urged to Sign Fetal Anesthesia Bill Despite Democrats’ Track Record

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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Date: April 20, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today praised the Montana legislature for approving and urged Governor Steve Bullock to sign legislation that would offer women the opportunity to have their late-term babies anesthetized prior to an abortion.

“To rip off the arm or leg of a 20-week-old-or-more unborn baby is barbaric; to do it without at least giving the child an anesthetic beforehand is just plain sadistic,” said Fr. Pavone. “I strongly urge Governor Bullock to sign this legislation so that at least some babies may not feel the excruciating pain of being dismembered.”

The Montana Senate last week approved a measure that would, prior to the abortion of an unborn baby of 20 weeks or more gestation, have an abortionist offer the mother the option of having her child anesthetized prior to the procedure. The bill is based on scientific evidence that unborn babies can feel pain at 20 weeks.

“It will be interesting to see how far the Governor is willing to let his own views on abortion, and the extreme position of his party, interfere with decency and commonsense,” added Fr. Pavone. “We have laws protecting cattle from unnecessary pain when being slaughtered. Hopefully, Democrats can see that we should at least do the same for our children.”

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 Gov. Fallin for Outlawing Dismemberment Abortion

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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Date: April 14, 2015

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today lauded Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law a measure to protect unborn babies from dismemberment abortions.

“There really are no words to describe the depravity involved in dismemberment abortions,” said Fr. Pavone. “That is why Priests for Life has been advocating for over a decade that states begin to protect children from this procedure. We are delighted that legislators like those in Oklahoma, and governors like Mary Fallin, are doing precisely that. It is a key priority of our organization to help more states do the same.”

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 Urges Oklahoma Governor Fallin to Sign Bill Barring Dismemberment Abortions

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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Date: April 9, 2015

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today applauded the Oklahoma legislature’s passage of legislation to protect unborn babies from dismemberment abortions.

“Oklahoma’s bill makes it illegal to ‘slice, crush, and/or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip it off.’ This is graphic and gruesome language, but that’s because it accurately and objectively describes a dismemberment abortion,” said Fr. Pavone. “The abortion lobby hates bills like this because the abortion lobby works day and night to try to hide the truth about what happens to the children they kill.”

Oklahoma’s legislature became the second in the nation to pass a bill to bar procedures where an abortionist uses clamps, tongs, scissors, and/or other instruments to sever a baby into pieces and then remove the child piece by piece from his mother. Kansas enacted the first such law earlier this week.

“I have had the joy of addressing the Oklahoma state legislature in the past, and this praiseworthy action does not surprise me, given the quality of those who serve there,” added Fr. Pavone. “Governor Mary Fallin has a solid record of protecting the lives of those she serves. I urge her to continue to further the Culture of Life by signing this humane and groundbreaking legislation.”

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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Father Pavone Urges Arkansas Governor Hutchinson to Sign Bill to Preserve Doctor-Patient Relationship

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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Date: February 20, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is urging Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to sign newly passed legislation that would require an abortionist to be physically present when administering abortion pills to a woman.

“The abortion business likes to talk about the doctor-patient relationship,” stated Fr. Pavone. “Why in the world should they have any objection, then, to a requirement that a doctor meet with his or her patient, examine her, and answer her questions in person?”

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 Celebrates Victory for Women in Arkansas.

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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Little Rock Arkansas – Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for life salutes State Representative Julie Mayberry, House Sponsor of the Ban on Webcam Abortion Bill (HB 1076/SB 53). The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson as early as next week.

State Representative Mary Bently, also a supporter of the bill texts: “It’s a new day in Arkansas. We thank Ms. King for coming. It was a blessing to have her smiling down on us.”

TV and radio personality Princella Smith, Black Americans for Life, an outreach of Arkansas Right to Life, said: “This has been a most incredible day. Multiple instances of history have been created and witnessed. To have a descendant of the most key civil rights activist, Rev. Martin Luther Jr., present as our legislature passes a bill affecting our nation’s most pressing civil right was truly an honor to witness. Dr. Alveda King has truly inspired us all with her pro-life work and presence here today.”

Rose Mimms, Executive Director of Arkansas Right to life is “happy that Dr. Alveda King was present to witness this great victory over Planned Parenthood to ban webcam abortion in Arkansas.”

Alveda agrees: “I am truly humbled that America is witnessing genuine compassion for mothers and their babies with the passage of every prolife bill. This most recent victory is so encouraging. Women, men, children, babies need love, not abortion. Death doesn’t bring victory, only life can lead us there.”

King visited the Capitol and met with pastors and community leaders while in town.

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STATEMENT BY THE PRIESTS FOR LIFE PASTORAL TEAM DEMANDING REGULATIONS FOR ABORTION MILLS IN ALABAMA

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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Date: February 10, 2015

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“We stand with CEC for Life, Life Legal Defense Foundation, Operation Rescue and the National Black Prolife Coalition in demanding that the Alabama Department of Public Health investigate the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic in Selma for suspected violations of abortion regulations.

“The ongoing efforts to address the civil rights of babies in the womb, while ensuring the health and safety of their mothers, the dignity of their fathers, families and their communities are all in keeping with the civil rights struggle of the 20th century which once escalated on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in demonstrations led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In the 20th century, battleground Selma was in the crosshairs of the civil rights movement in a battle to gain equality and human dignity for people regardless of skin color. Today, we again join together in Selma for a critical human rights issue, the right to and sanctity of life.

“At Priests for Life, we firmly believe that all life matters. As we join this effort today, we pledge our support as we invite everyone to ‘Heal the Shockwaves of Abortion,’ as we all do our part in ending the terrible scourge of abortion that often masquerades as ‘women’s rights’ and ‘women’s health care.’ Abortion scatters, healing gathers.

“As a pastoral team, we the undersigned stand with the pro-life leaders who are calling for an end to the oppression of under- or unregulated abortion mills that are killing babies and harming their mothers.

“It took years to close down the Gosnell “House of Horrors” in Philadelphia. Let’s not spend any more time closing this travesty in Alabama, and all the slaughter houses masquerading as abortion mills. We pray to God that all abortion mills will close; and that, like Dr. Anthony Levatino who testified at the Silent No More Rally in Washington, D.C. last month, all abortion providers will see the light and end the madness of abortion.“

Father Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life
Janet Morana, Executive Director, Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign
Father Denis Wilde, Associate Director
Kevin Burke, LSW Pastoral Associate-Silent No More Awareness
Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach, President of Stand True
Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach

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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An Unplanned “PRAY IN” On My Birthday

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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Last week hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers descended on Washington for the March for Life on January 22, 2015, the anniversary of the court ruling of Roe vs. Wade which made it possible for millions of babies to be killed at the altar of “choice.”

150129 blog image6Every year the march is followed up by women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign giving our testimonies of regretted abortions on the Supreme Court steps. This year there was even a former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who regrets performing abortions.

150129 blog image1As I was sitting in front of the Supreme Court that day, my sixty-fourth birthday no less, the back and forth challenges between the pro-abortion protesters on one side and the pro-life marchers on the other side began to heat up. I began thinking of my uncle’s words, “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools;” and I began to pray. As I prayed, I became grieved in my heart, and seemed to be lead by the Spirit of God to walk between the two groups and then lie down in the street with a sanctity of life sign and pray.

150129 blog image5As I walked towards the young people I watched pro-abortion protesters with their white pants splotched with red [paint] “blood” between their legs; some waving coat hangers and hurling profanity into the air, my heart ached and I felt moved to pray for them.

I also prayed for my Pro-Life brothers and sisters who rallied to answer the pro-abortion voices. I thought about God’s Love and how people, not knowing and understanding John 3:16, are perishing for lack of the knowledge of the Love of God.

150129 blog image8Somehow, the image of Dr. Billy Graham and my Uncle MLK preaching ad praying together against racism and segregation in the nineteen fifties fits in here. I’m praying that the racist roots of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood will be broken.

However, I digress. The pro-abortion protesters were shouting for “reproductive rights” not seeming to understand that they were promoting death as a solution. Somehow, I just wanted to take them in my arms and lovingly explain to them, “Don’t you understand that every human person has the same right as you and me, the right to life? And that choice that you are fighting for is the choice to kill a tiny human person? And mothers and dads and everybody suffers from such choices?”

Alveda lying in street at SNMACThere was no room for my voice, there was so much shouting. So, I lay down on the ground and I quietly prayed for God to help us love each other and stop the killing.

Someone shouted, “get off of our property.” I thought about sitting up and explaining that we all had the constitutional right to be there; but I just kept on praying, oh Jesus!

Then, a young man looked down at me and shouted something like “who is that old *!@!#*! African American woman on the ground?” Someone said Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” He ran away into the crowd.

As the prolife marchers began to gather for the SILENT NO MORE rally, it was time to join #HealingTheShockwavesOfAbortion, so my colleagues pulled me up from the ground, and I walked over to the stage and gave testimony of my regretted abortions before the crowd. The voices of the pro-abortion protesters began to fade. Some were being arrested for acting out.

My “pray in” demonstration was unplanned; stirred by a heart of contrition and compassion. Yet, I will keep praying, whether standing, sitting, kneeling or from the ground, every year that the Lord permits me to and I will continue to pray for all humanity, not just until the day that we abolish abortion in America and around the world; but until God’s love breaks through the stony hearts and HIS glory is revealed.

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Fr. Pavone to US Senate Candidates: Do You Support Painful Dismemberment or Not?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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November 3, 2014

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Washington, DC – In a strongly worded statement on the day before the midterm elections, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, called today on candidates for the United States Senate to take a clear position on a piece of legislation that would protect children in the womb from five months and older from procedures that dismember and decapitate them.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, already enacted in various states, is based on the scientific evidence that by the time they reach 20 weeks of development in the womb, children can feel pain, and that therefore the state has an interest in protecting them from abortion procedures that tear off their arms and legs and crush their heads. The US House of Representatives passed this measure on the federal level. It was introduced in the US Senate, but the leadership did not bring it to a vote.

“If there had been a vote,” Fr. Frank said, “those already in the Senate and now asking for our votes would have gone on record regarding this legislation, which the majority of Americans support. By avoiding a vote, Senate leadership has given candidates cover from this uncomfortable question. But we should not. Every candidate for US Senate should be asked a simple question: Are you in favor of protecting children in the 5th month of development and beyond from painful dismemberment?

“Now there are those who will claim that the highest virtue in the political debate is civility and the best tactic is dialogue. But even if one takes that approach, one must admit that a civil dialogue begins with honesty stating your position on the issues. The problem with so many of these candidates is that they will not even take the first step toward civil dialogue. On the most important issue of life and death, they are mute.

“Some of the Senate candidates have indeed made it clear where they stand on the Pain-Capable bill. Others have run away from the issue. The failure to address such a basic question of life, death, and decency is already a failure of leadership. If a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how is he or she supposed to respect yours?”

Click here to see what US Senate Candidates have and have not said about the Pain-Capable Bill.

Click here to see the medical diagram (Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.) of the procedure from which this legislation would protect these children.

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Fr. Frank Pavone – Supreme Court’s Texas Order Inexplicable

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Date: October 14, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s order blocking the enforcement of Texas’s law requiring abortion clinics to meet minimum health and safety standards.

“The Supreme Court did not explain its order in the challenge to Texas’s law protecting women’s health. Perhaps that’s because the court’s order is inexplicable. Women’s health is on the line and six justices ruled that abortionists can continue to rake in the cash rather than make their clinics safer for women.

“We know that the abortion lobby is now rejecting the slogan ‘safe, legal, and rare’ because the word ‘rare’ correctly implies that there’s something wrong with abortion. It’s obvious that abortion promoters also don’t like the term ‘safe,’ because making facilities safer for women means less cash in their pockets. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s order, Texas abortionists’ bank accounts won’t take a hit – women will.”

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