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Fr. Pavone: ‘Voices from the Womb’ Will Change Hearts and Minds

Friday, October 14th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 14, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement about “Voices from the Womb,” a project that gave federal lawmakers an opportunity to see babies in the womb via ultrasound.

Fr. Frank said, “The ground-breaking project called ‘Voices From the Womb,’ which brought live ultrasound to the U.S. Capitol Thursday, was a stroke of brilliance that will now be repeated across the nation. It should be required viewing for lawmakers in every state that has yet to pass a bill ensuring that a mother has an ultrasound before aborting her child.

“Abortion supporters claim these laws don’t respect the woman’s ability to make informed choices,” Father Frank continued. “But on the contrary, they precisely enhance that ability, by helping her see what she often finds out too late, that the baby is far more developed than her abortionist admits.”

Father Pavone applauded the National Pro-Life Center (of which he serves as Pastoral Director and which he helped develop) for organizing “Voices from the Womb,” together with the Stanton Project, the Christian Defense Coalition and the Knights of Columbus, which supported the project financially.

“When pro-life groups work together, we can change hearts and minds, and laws,” he said.

To hear the sound of a baby’s heartbeat at various stages of development, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/ultrasound.html

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






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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Be Aware of the Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011





Every October people across America are reminded that breast cancer is a huge problem for women. Many organizations bring awareness to the issue and try to educate women about the possible causes of breast cancer but not all are telling you the whole truth.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one such organization. They do some good but they also contribute to an organization, Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions. Along with all the listed causes/links to breast cancer: Women who have had abortions have an increased risk of getting breast cancer.

Donating to Komen for the Cure amounts to the same thing as writing two checks, one to Komen for the Cure and another to Planned Parenthood.

Why an organization that is trying to find a cure for breast cancer is teaming up with an organization that is helping women get breast cancer is unimaginable. That’s like an organization saying that they want to make abortions rare on the one hand while encouraging sexual activity among young people on the other hand (which Planned Parenthood does by the way).

According to a recent article on LifeNews.com, “’Many studies have linked an increased risk of developing breast cancer after an abortion, yet both Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood deny the risk abortion poses to breast health,’ TRTL says.

“The Tennessee pro-life leader says his group recommends the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, Polycarp Research Institute and Coalition on Abortion / Breast Cancer as three organizations dedicated to stopping breast cancer as ones pro-life advocates can support.”

Dr. Gerard Nadal does as good a job explaining why abortion leads to an increased risk of developing breast cancer as any I’ve ever seen. Read his article HERE.

Donate to a real breast cancer prevention organizations and help find a cure for breast cancer while telling Komen for the Cure that you know about their support of Planned Parenthood and you won’t be supporting either of them from now on.






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Baby Joseph: A Life Worth Living

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011





By Fr. Frank Pavone

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I learned with sadness tonight of the passing of Baby Joseph Maraachli, the boy from Canada who, earlier this year, made international headlines as his family fought to give him the basic care he needed in order to breathe. I extend my condolences and prayers to his family.

This young boy and his parents fulfilled a special mission from God. Amidst a Culture of Death where despair leads us to dispose of the vulnerable, they upheld a Culture of Life where hope leads us to welcome and care for the vulnerable.

From my first conversation with Baby Joseph’s parents, they expressed to me their trust in God. They had no demands of Him regarding how long their son would live. They just wanted to fulfill their calling to love their child unconditionally and to protect him from those who considered his life worthless.

Jerry Horn, Senior Vice President of Priests for Life (right) with Joseph's father, Moe

And they fulfilled that calling. After encountering, to their astonishment, the unwillingness of the Canadian medical and legal establishment to give their son a simple tracheotomy, they turned to Priests for Life, and we arranged for the child to receive that treatment at Cardinal Glennon Childrens’ Medical Center in Saint Louis. I’ll never forget the night I flew in the medical jet to pick up the baby and his dad. (Mom and their older child joined us shortly thereafter.) It was the middle of the night. It was cold. And yet new hope and joy were born on that Kalitta MedFlight. Joseph’s Dad Moe was literally pinching himself, saying he could hardly believe that his son was now free from the prison of a hospital where he had been, and able to receive a new evaluation and care.

And what a joy it was, after those weeks in Saint Louis, to celebrate Holy Thursday and, on that day, to see Joseph go home with his parents, breathing on his own without tubes or machines. Nobody denied that he had a serious, degenerative neurological condition, and nobody was unwilling to accept professional medical judgment. What we refused to accept, however, was the arrogance of medical and legal professionals who presumed to judge the value of his life, and to say he wasn’t worth treating. Yes, there is such a thing as a worthless treatment, but there is never such a thing as a worthless life.

That’s the line that needs to be drawn in the sand again and again. That’s the prophetic witness that needs to thunder from our pulpits and be lobbied in the halls of government.

I praise God tonight for the tens of thousands who stood with Priests for Life and other prolife groups to save Baby Joseph. We remain convinced that the value of life is not measured in months or years, but rather reflected in the love we share moment by moment. We all loved Joseph, because God entrusts us to the care of each other. In that conviction we will continue to counteract the culture of death and restore protection and equality to all, born and unborn.






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Statement of Fr. Frank Pavone on Passing of Baby Joseph

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 28, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

Amarillo, TX – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning on the passing of Baby Joseph Maraachli, the infant who earlier this year was flown from Ontario, Canada to St. Louis to receive treatment previously denied to him, which allowed him to spend his last months at home with his parents.

“I learned with sadness tonight of the passing of Baby Joseph, and extend my prayers to his family. This young boy and his parents fulfilled a special mission from God. Amidst a Culture of Death where despair leads us to dispose of the vulnerable, they upheld a Culture of Life where hope leads us to welcome and care for the vulnerable.

“From my first conversation with Baby Joseph’s parents, they expressed to me their trust in God. They had no demands of Him regarding how long their son would live. They just wanted to fulfill their calling to love their child unconditionally and to protect him from those who considered his life worthless.

“I praise God tonight for the tens of thousands who stood with Priests for Life and other prolife groups to save Baby Joseph. We remain convinced that the value of life is not measured in months or years, but rather reflected in the love we share moment by moment. We all loved Joseph, because God entrusts us to the care of each other. In that conviction we will continue to counteract the culture of death and restore protection and equality to all, born and unborn.”

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






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More Bad News In The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011





Mark Leach at LifeNews.com wrote a wonderful article about Health and Human Services’ new regulation, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Although most of the discussion and outrage has been focused on the required availability of free contraceptive services under the regulation requiring all medical plans to cover, free of charge, women’s preventive services, Mark focused on a provision that’s equally as shocking and targets a segment of our population for genocide.

According to Mark, “Buried in the IOM report [which is what HHS’s regulation is based on] is the recommendation for no-cost well-woman visits; these visits include prenatal care–and thus prenatal testing for “genetic or developmental conditions.” The regulation was issued as part of the PPACA’s coverage of preventive services. This prompts the question, how does prenatal testing prevent Down syndrome?”

Since Down syndrome is not preventable and prenatal testing can only identify the disease, I, like Mark, fear that this new regulation will be used to identify babies with Down syndrome and target them for abortion.

Will we become like Denmark that has been targeting babies with Down syndrome since 2004?

Will we also become like China and soon turn to gender-selective abortions? With new tests that can determine the sex of a baby as early as seven weeks, it’s very possible that many will use the test for that purpose.

In Deuteronomy 30:19 God said, “…I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (emphasis added). He did not say, “Choose perfect life. All other life you may abort.”

God does not make mistakes so when he ordained a life to come into being, there is a purpose. All life has meaning and purpose.

God has given us the medical knowledge to go a lot of good but we must know where to draw the line between acting within God’s will and trying to play God.

Read Mark’s article today and take action to stop this tragedy.






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Planned Parenthood CEO Lies about Blocked Texas Ultrasound Bill

Friday, September 9th, 2011





I just ran accross this article today and I just had to share it with all of you. It’s does a great job of chronicling the lies of Planned Parenhood’s CEO, Cecile Richards. (Please read the full article, it’s worth it.)

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 8, 2011 at 10:30 am)

As part of my work fighting Planned Parenthood, I regularly monitor the abortion giant’s e-mail messages to supporters. I’m rarely surprised by the heated rhetoric and propaganda I see in these e-mails, but last Friday’s message from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards betrayed such contempt for the truth that even I was struck by it.

The message begins fairly typically, with an outlandish declaration:

Dear ________,

I’m appalled by what is happening in my home state. Governor Rick Perry and the Texas legislature have launched a relentless assault on Planned Parenthood and women’s health that is a true threat to women in Texas and beyond.

Note that Richards decries this “assault on Planned Parenthood and women’s health” as if the two are one and the same—and as if anyone would really be opposed to “women’s health,” least of all the 21 women members of the Texas legislature who voted in favor of the measure, well outnumbering the 15 women who voted against it.

Of course, by “women’s health” we know what Planned Parenthood really means: abortion. That’s the kind of rhetoric we’re used to. But Richards’ next paragraph rises to a crescendo of dishonesty:

This week, Gov. Perry and anti-women’s health legislators in Texas passed a bill that would force women seeking abortion care to view a sonogram. It would also require doctors to read an anti-choice script written by the anti-choice legislature . . .

The bill—HB 15—was actually passed way back in May, not last week, but that error seems almost quaint in comparison to the shocking mendacity of the way Richards characterizes the legislation.

Outright Lies about the Texas Ultrasound Bill

In reality, the bill required doctors to offer women the opportunity to see an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.

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Huge Study Confirms Link between Abortion and Mental Health Problems; Validates Silent No More Women

Thursday, September 1st, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2011

Contacts: Georgette Forney 412-398-7885
Andre Kim 347-286-7277

A study published today by Great Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists concludes that women who have had abortions have an 81% greater chance of subsequent mental health problems. Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC), the world’s largest network of individuals harmed by abortion, say that the report validates what many post-abortive women already know.

“This is not just another study. It’s historic,” said SNMAC co-founder Georgette Forney. “It combines the results of 22 studies conducted over a 14-year period in six countries involving 877,181 women. And it confirms what Silent No More members have been saying all along – abortion harms women.”

The study is the first meta-analysis of research conducted on abortion’s impact on mental health. It found that post-abortive women are 37% more likely to suffer depression, 110% more likely to engage in higher alcohol use, and 155% more likely to engage in suicidal behavior.

“This report is devastating to those who try to deny the hurt and anguish women suffer from abortion,” added Janet Morana, another SNMAC co-founder. “The cruelty of those who lie to pregnant women about abortion’s impact is compounded by the heartlessness of abortion industry propagandists who dismiss post-abortive women’s pain as non-existent. After this enormous scientific study, abortion’s apologists should apologize to the millions of women they’ve tried to marginalize.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, SNMAC Pastoral Director and National Director of Priests for Life, expanded on the report’s impact. “What I pray will be one of the major results of this study is that more women will realize that they are not alone. The pain they’ve been internalizing, perhaps for years or decades, is not uncommon; in fact, it’s quite normal. There is help and there is healing. I urge them to contact www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org.”

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website.






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Father Frank Pavone kicks off Summer of Mercy 2.0 on Saturday

Friday, July 29th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 29, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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GERMANTOWN, MD — “LeRoy Carhart has been in the business of murdering late-term babies for decades. States and cities have passed laws specifically to keep his particular brand of butchery outside their borders. When he slipped into Maryland, the state with the fewest restrictions on abortion, only pro-lifers noticed,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “That will change this weekend.”

Father Pavone will deliver the keynote address Saturday at 7 p.m. as the Summer of Mercy 2.0 kicks off. Organized by Operation Rescue, the aim of the nine-day protest outside the abortion mill where Carhart performs late-term abortions, and in various locations nearby, is to make it impossible for his neighbors, and Maryland officials, to ignore what goes on behind those closed doors.

Father Pavone pointed out that Carhart conducts his risky late-term abortions in Maryland without having hospital privileges. “This means that if a patient needs emergency help due to a botched abortion, he has nowhere to take her,” he said. “This is a violation of medical ethics and safe practice procedures. That’s why he is under investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians. And that’s why pro-lifers in Maryland and around the country are determined to shut him down.”

“Take part in the Summer of Mercy 2.0 and send an unequivocal message that murderers like Carhart will not be tolerated in our midst,” Father Pavone said.

The kickoff rally and keynote address will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Md.

During the course of the week, Father Pavone will make several important calls to action for the pro-life movement, in conjunction with this event. For the full Summer of Mercy 2.0 schedule, visit http://summerofmercy.com.

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






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A Voice for Life

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011





I just heard the great testimony of Melissa Ohden, abortion attempt survivor, who came to the Priests for Life office in New York.

In 1977 her mother went to the hospital for a routine saline solution abortion which was a five day process. Five days later she returned to the hospital to deliver what was supposed to be a dead baby. As a nurse was tending to her mother she notices that Melissa was attempting to breath and was moving a little. That’s when the hospital staff started giving her medical attention. Her parents then decided to make an adoption plan for Melissa and she was adopted by a loving family.

In her testimony, Melissa talked about her struggle to meet her biological parents, grandparents, and siblings. What she found out is that her attempted abortion was something that was kept a secret and had a negative effect on their relationships.

To learn more about her amazing testimony visit A Voice for Life or Melissa Ohden’s personal website.

Priests for Life will soon have her testimony on DVD at our online store.






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Fr. Pavone Calls for Aborted Baby Wake Services

Monday, July 25th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 25, 2011

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Orlando, FL – On this past Thursday, July 21, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, preached at a memorial service for an aborted baby girl. The child was intact and her body was retrieved after a late-term abortion. The memorial service, organized by Operation Save America, was held outside of City Hall in Orlando.

“We are here because this baby was killed in the darkness, and we come to honor her in the bright light of day,” Fr. Pavone declared in his remarks. “The abortion industry wants to hide the violence done to these children, but we must be committed to expose it. Therefore we need to hold many more of these services, with tens of thousands of people looking at these children and recommitting themselves to end abortion.”

During the service, the name “Esther” was given to the child.

Fr. Frank invited any pro-life activists who obtain the remains of aborted children to be in contact with him to arrange for a proper wake service and burial.

Photo: Esther in her coffin at the service at which pro-life activists honored her body and her life.






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