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Fr. Pavone Hails Dismissal of “Completely Illogical” Suit on Race and Sex-selective Abortions

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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Date: December 16, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum against Arizona’s law against race- and sex-selection abortion.

“So called minority rights groups were alleging that a law that protects children from being discriminated against because of their skin color or sex was itself discriminatory,” said Fr. Pavone. “The case was completely illogical from its inception.”

At issue is an Arizona law that bars the abortion of a baby solely because of his or her race or sex. The lawsuit brought by the two groups was dismissed by a federal judge and now that dismissal has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

“The abortion lobby has long maintained that the so-called right to abortion is more important than the rights to free speech or religious liberty,” added Fr. Pavone. “This time, groups that support abortion tried to claim that abortion on demand for any reason is more important than protections against race and sex discrimination. Basically, they tried to turn the law on its head. This time, thankfully, they failed.”

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: Kansas Constitution Does Not Contain ‘Right’ To Dismember Babies

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Date: December 10, 2015

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today commented on the Kansas Court of Appeals hearing where oral arguments were presented on a first-of-its-kind state law banning dismemberment abortions.

“Dismembering an unborn child is not a matter of privacy,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s a matter of cruelty that reflects a callous disregard for human life. The Kansas Court of Appeals should reject the arguments of abortion businesses who claim that they have a right literally to tear a baby limb from limb.”

At issue in the hearing was a Kansas law forbidding the use of clamps, scissors, forceps, or other instruments to abort a living unborn child. Such instruments are usually used in second trimester abortions. The court session is believed to be the first time in over 25 years that all 14 members of the state Court of Appeals have met to hear a case.

“The abortion lobby makes the absurd claim that the Kansas constitution guarantees a ‘right’ to dismemberment abortions. A plain reading of history, though, shows that the Kansas legislature outlawed abortions only nine years after the state constitution was approved and that the abortion ban stood for over 100 years while the Kansas constitution was in force. The abortionists’ argument makes no sense; then again, what argument could possibly justify torturing little children to death?”

Priests for Life and the National Pro-life Religious Council will honor Governor Sam Brownback and the lawmakers and people of Kansas for being the first to enact a law of this kind protecting children from dismemberment abortions. The award will be given on the day of the National March for Life in Washington D.C. at an interdenominational prayer service to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 in DAR Constitution Hall. See www.NationalPrayerService.com for details.

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

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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

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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

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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 to Host Press Conference on SCOTUS Case Nov. 18 in D.C.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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Date: November 10, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Priests for Life will host a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Bloomberg Room of the National Press Club to discuss the organization’s case against the HHS mandate, one of seven that will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its current term.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director; Janet Morana, Executive Director, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, will speak about the case, Priests for Life vs. Dept. of HHS, in which they are named plaintiffs. David Yerushalmi of the America Freedom Law Center, the firm representing Priests for Life, will also attend to comment on the legal issues involved.

“This case has enormous ramifications not only for the organizations in the consolidated case, but also for every faith-based ministry that has been targeted by this unjust mandate,” Father Pavone said. “Many of our friends and colleagues have their own cases against this mandate, and these cases are still in the lower courts. Among these are EWTN. The Supreme Court’s eventual decision will either affirm or cast aside the freedom of religion guaranteed by the United States Constitution and by federal law. Every American has a stake in this case.”

The press conference will summarize in laymen’s terms the objections that the religious groups have against the mandate. The press conference will also present the actions that Priests for Life is mobilizing Churches to take, including a nationwide prayer campaign, and other steps.

The National Press Club is at 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information about the case, go to www.IStandWithPFL.com To arrange interviews or for questions about the press conference, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@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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Pols who won’t vote to defund Planned Parenthood have their own war chests in mind

Monday, September 21st, 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 after the House voted for a moratorium on federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“Priests for Life congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for voting for a moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding for one year, pending investigations into the immoral and illegal activities of the mega-abortion business. The efforts to stop the flow of hundreds of millions of government dollars into the business that performs some 327,000 abortions a year will require persistence and patience. But we are on the right road.

“One way to understand why, with only three exceptions, all the House Democrats voted to keep funding Planned Parenthood is that in so doing, many of them voted to keep funding themselves. When we examine the issue of government funding of Planned Parenthood, we should also examine how Planned Parenthood funds the government through its contributions to politicians. The abortion industry is committed to propping up the campaigns of those who want to keep abortion legal.”

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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Fr. Pavone: Time to hold Planned Parenthood, lawmakers accountable

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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Date: August 25, 2015

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement this morning regarding a newly released video of a conversation with Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress:

“We have consistently maintained that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of baby body parts. This video shows that clearly. Making a profit on the sale of body parts is against federal law. Despite the convictions of some abortion advocates, Planned Parenthood is not above the law. It is time to hold them accountable for their actions, and it is time for us to hold our public officials accountable to their responsibility to properly investigate and prosecute this illegal enterprise.”

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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