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Fr. Pavone Lauds Oklahoma Governor, Legislature for Enacting New Abortion Law

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Date: April 23, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for signing into law a measure that will enforce the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approved protocol for the administration of the abortion technique RU-486.

“The Food and Drug Administration set guidelines for the use of RU-486, and from the beginning the abortion industry has shown little or no regard for these guidelines, because they are more interested in abortion than in women’s health,” said Fr. Pavone. “Obviously, we do not want any babies killed, whether by RU-486, which starves them, or by surgical forceps that dismember them. But Gov. Fallin and the state legislature are to be commended for trying to make this deadly procedure a little less dangerous for women.”

Oklahoma’s new law takes effect November 1. Abortionists have been using so-called “medical” abortions on women up to the ninth week of pregnancy when FDA guidelines restrict their use to the first seven weeks.

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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Kansas Congressman and President of National Right to Life to speak at #IStandWithPFL Rally

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Date: April 23, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today announced that Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas will join the #IStandWithPFL movement at a rally in Washington, D.C. on May 8. Fr. Frank also announced that the President of the National Right to Life Committee, Carol Tobias, has confirmed her attendance as well.

Supporters of religious freedom will gather in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals at 333 Constitution Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m. that day to show support for Priests for Life – and other religious non-profit organizations — in their legal challenge against the unjust contraception mandate. Oral arguments in the case will be heard that morning.

Robert Muise, Chief Counsel for the American Freedom Law Center, also stated, “This case with Priests for Life is the lead case for the non-profit religious organizations challenging the mandate similar to how Hobby Lobby is the lead case for the for-profit companies challenging the HHS mandate.”

A similar lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington. D.C., on behalf of Catholic University of America and Thomas Aquinas College, among other entities, has been consolidated with the Priests for Life suit. Priests for Life is the lead party.

Along with the congressman and Ms. Tobias, other confirmed speakers include Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life; Lila Rose, Live Action; Tim Goeglein, Focus on the Family; Paul Rondeau , American Life League; Sam Casey, Law of Life Project; Sarah Torre, Heritage Foundation; Tina Wittington, Students for Life of America; Jimmy Nolan, Crossroads; and Rev. Rob Schenk, Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capitol.

Father Pavone and Mr. Muise will also speak at the Rally, along with Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a named plaintiff in the suit; Bryan Kemper, director of Youth Outreach, and Father Victor Salomon, director of Hispanic Outreach.

Father Pavone said the support of Congressman Huelskamp is critical. “We have been asking people to stand with Priests for Life as they are standing with Hobby Lobby as the fight against this government overreach continues,” Father Pavone said. “The support of Congressman Huelskamp is very important because it demonstrates that elected officials see the threat to religious liberty that this mandate poses. We are very happy to have Congressman Huelskamp standing with Priests for Life.”

Congressman Huelskamp, a Republican, was elected in November 2010. His commitment to the life issue was evident as early as his post-graduate years at American University, where he met his wife, Angela, and worked with her to assist women facing unexpected pregnancies. The couple are now the proud parents of four adopted 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 Alabama Supreme Court’s Decision Declaring that Unborn Children Have Rights

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Date: April 22, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today congratulated the Alabama Supreme Court for its decision declaring that the term “child” in a state law includes the unborn.

“The Alabama Supreme Court has given us a decision that is almost unique – it uses common sense and logical consistency when talking about unborn children,” said Fr. Pavone. “In ruling that a child is a child whether born or unborn, the Alabama justices have cut through decades of tortured, twisted rationales and issued a national call for courts to recognize the obvious – all humans have the right to life.”

The Alabama Supreme Court held that a state statute prohibiting a child from being exposed to drugs or drug paraphernalia applied to both born and unborn children. The case had been brought by a woman who took illegal substances while pregnant and pleaded guilty to the chemical endangerment of a child. She argued that the statute only applied to a child who had been born.

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 Frank Pavone Urges North Dakota to Appeal Ruling on Heartbeat Law

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Date: April 17, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued a statement encouraging North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to appeal the ruling of a district court judge who held that the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law violated Roe v. Wade.

“North Dakota led the states in courage and compassion when its lawmakers passed and Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation to protect babies with a detectable heartbeat,” said Fr. Pavone. “I was proud to be there in Bismarck, with pro-life activists from around the state, to thank the Governor and the legislator for those actions. That leadership is needed now to continue the defense of the heartbeat law and innocent lives. I earnestly hope that Attorney General Stenehjem will take his defense of the babies to the next step, the U.S. Court of Appeals.”

North Dakota’s “heartbeat” law, which was enjoined last year by federal Judge Daniel Hovland before it went into effect, would bar almost any abortion of a baby that’s found to have a detectable heartbeat.

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 to U.S. Senate: Americans Support Pain Capable Bill; Do You?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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Date: March 7, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY – A day after the release of a CNN poll that found 58 percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in some or all circumstances, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is calling on members of the U.S. Senate to take heed.

“The evidence is overwhelming that the tide is turning against legal abortion in America. A good first step, in response to this evidence, would be to protect children in the womb from the brutal dismemberment procedure that kills them halfway through pregnancy.

“Members of the U.S. Senate should pay close attention to what their constituents are saying, and vote in favor of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

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 Calls HR7 ‘Urgently Needed Legislation’

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Date: January 29, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

“Priests for Life is very pleased that the House of Representatives has passed HR 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This is sensible and urgently needed legislation. While 221 Republicans voted for the measure, only 6 Democrats did, making one wonder what it is about being a Democrat that makes it so attractive to pay for child-killing. For that matter, the same can be asked of President Obama, who indicated he would veto the legislation, should it reach his desk.”

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 Asks Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Challenge

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Date: January 27, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — Priests for Life has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review its challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive services mandate.

Attorneys from the American Freedom Law Center have invoked a special rule of the Supreme Court to ask for a review even before there has been a ruling on the challenge from the United States Court of Appeals. The petition says the case is of such “imperative public importance” that it requires an immediate ruling from the Supreme Court.

Specifically, the petition asks whether the contraceptive services mandate of the Affordable Care Act as applied to non-exempt, nonprofit religious organizations, such as Priests for Life, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

In the petition, Robert Muise, American Freedom Law Center co-founder and senior counsel, noted that the Court this term will hear a challenge to the mandate filed by owners of for-profit businesses who claim their free exercise of religion is violated by the mandate. Because the mandate also applies to non-exempt faith-based non-profits, “it will serve the public interest by having this matter resolved immediately for all affected parties.”

Muise also said the Priests for Life suit, filed on behalf of the organization; its National Director, Father Frank Pavone; Executive Director, Janet Morana, and Director of African-American Outreach, Dr. Alveda King, is “uniquely situated to advance this important challenge.”

The petition notes that Priests for Life — one of the first groups to sue against the HHS mandate — is particularly well-suited to launch such a lawsuit. Not only does the mandate violate its religious freedom, as is true of so many other religious organizations, employers, and businesses, but in this case the organization exists precisely to fight the evils that the mandate seeks to expand.

Priests for Life was founded in 1991 “to spread … the Catholic Church’s position and central teaching regarding the value and inviolability of human life.” Contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients are all instruments of the culture of death, the petition declares, “and their use can never be approved, endorsed, facilitated, promoted, or supported in any way. Thus, this challenge goes to the very core of Priests for Life’s corporate raison d’être.”

“The contraceptive services mandate has been challenged by many religious non-profits, with varying outcomes,” Father Pavone said. “Clearly the Supreme Court will have to rule on one or more of these challenges, and we believe the Priests for Life case cuts right to the heart of the matter. Whatever the outcome, we cannot and will not obey this mandate. We decide how to practice our religion. The government does not decide for us.”

To follow the history and progress of our case, visit www.priestsforlife.org/HHSMandate.

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 on McCullen v. Coakley – Massachusetts Law Violates First Amendment in Order to Further Violate the Right to Life

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

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Date: January 15, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said the case of McCullen v. Coakley, which is being argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court, illustrates how “abortion perverts justice.”

“So called ‘bubble zone’ laws are the fruit of abortion’s poisonous tree,” stated Fr. Pavone. “They violate pro-lifers’ First Amendment free speech rights in order to protect the profits of abortionists who violate the right to life of unborn babies. They are a wrong committed to perpetuate another wrong.”

“It’s plainly discriminatory for the government to say that abortion supporters can speak freely at a given place, but pro-lifers cannot,” added Fr. Pavone. “Then again, bubble zone laws and abortion are based on the same illicit notion, namely that some people have rights and some people don’t.”

In McCullen v. Coakley, the plaintiffs are challenging a Massachusetts law that bars pro-life sidewalk counselors from coming within 35 feet of an abortion clinic entrance.

Fr. Pavone added, “When a person has a reasonable chance of saving a life, it is not only morally permissible to break the law regarding the bubble-zone, but it is virtuous to do so. If this law is not struck down, I’ll come and violate it myself.”

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: A good day for religious liberty!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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Date: November 26, 2013

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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement about the Supreme Court’s decision to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate.

“It’s a good day for religious liberty. The U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear lawsuits brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties against the HHS mandate means this unjust requirement will get a full airing.

“We are watching this case with great interest at Priests for Life, since we also have filed suit against the mandate. Its so-called accommodation for religious employers was, in reality, no accommodation at all.”

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: Albuquerque Effort To End Late-Term Abortion Is Just A First Step

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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Date: November 19, 2013

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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement regarding the defeat of a proposed 20-week ban on abortion in Albuquerque:

“Pro-lifers in Albuquerque and elsewhere should not feel discouraged about the defeat of the effort to protect unborn babies from 20 weeks forward. It is a brilliant strategy and we will see to it that this effort is introduced in other cities and states. The fact is, of course, that children have in fact been saved through this effort, simply because we have raised the issue of fetal pain, which does not even cross the minds of many abortionists.

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and already passed by the House. This effort in Albuquerque has helped raise awareness of the inhumanity of a procedure that can no longer hide behind the euphemism of choice. We will build on that awareness to pass this measure on the federal level.

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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