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Dr. Alveda King: Media Lies Belie Duty to Publish Truth About Abortion and Civil Rights

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Anti-Abortion Activists March In Washington

Staten Island, NY – “If media members print distortions, half-truths, or lies, they are duty bound to print corrections. Associated Press reporter Bob Lewis has printed a lie,” said Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. King cited a Washington Post excerpt where AP reported:

“In little-noted LG race, GOP’s voluble and volatile Jackson debates wonky Dem doctor, Northam – By Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia’s lieutenant governor candidates… clashed over health care, how to care for the dangerously mentally ill and women’s access to reproductive health services…”

King explains: “In his story on the Virginia Lieutenant Governor candidates’ debate, Mr. Lewis printed as fact a false claim [easily fact-checked as false] of one of the candidates. Mr. Lewis’s article states that the “personhood” bill considered by the Virginia legislature last year would have outlawed most forms of abortion in the state. In fact, the bill would have outlawed no abortions in the state.”

A brief Google search would reveal that the personhood bill’s summary declares that any rights granted to an unborn child are “subject only to the laws and Constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the Commonwealth.” So the bill is restricted by Roe v. Wade and every subsequent abortion decision by the Supreme Court. In other words, it would prohibit no abortions. Missouri has had almost identical language in its state code for years, language that has been upheld in court and which has barred zero abortions.

“Obviously Mr. Lewis and perhaps millions of Americans don’t understand the concept of “personhood” that upholds the constitutional mantra that all men [people] are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Now that the door is open on the discussion of unalienable [civil] rights, let’s demand the basic and intrinsic civil right of life for all persons, born and preborn,” Dr. King insists.

“On the wings of 50th anniversary of The Civil Rights Act enacted July 2, 1964 are the cries of the aborted babies. While the landmark legislation outlawed major forms of racial, ethnic, national, religious, minority, and female discrimination, people in the womb were left out.”

“Mr. Lewis’s misleading story must be corrected immediately – anything less would mean that the Associated Press no longer values the truth” she concluded.

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Working Together is a Win-Win Situation

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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The following report is proof positive that when we stay in our lanes and do our best work and respect others who are on different pages in the same book, leaders get bolder and are more willing to approach all or nothing based on successful advances.

Kansas State Representative Steve Brunk said Friday after the passage of the omnibus pro-life bill, “There are a growing number of legislators who want to explore the practicality of moving toward fetal heartbeat as opposed to the incremental approach.” House Judiciary Chairman Lance Kinzer, a pro-life leader in the legislature, added, “We’re at a point of re-evaluation. We’re now looking at a different agenda because so much of what we wanted to be accomplished, will be accomplished.”

Analysis: Kan. abortion foes’ wins create dilemma

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has enacted a wave of stricter abortion laws in the two-plus years Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has been in office, but those successes have led abortion opponents to discuss changing their tactics, unsure about what initiatives they’ll pursue next.

Thirty-two Kansas House members are sponsoring a proposed ban on most abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can occur as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, and the idea has the backing of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. Nine of those House members also were sponsors of a previous “personhood” amendment to the state constitution aimed at banning all abortions, declaring that the constitution protects the rights of individual starting at fertilization.

Kansas not only bans most abortions starting at the 22nd week of pregnancy, but . . .

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Personhood Battle At The Core of Life Fight

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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Success or failure? Where will the quest for unity lead us?

A successful legislative strategy in North Dakota which includes a personhood referendum bill has proven that unity is the best policy. Although there may be legal battles in the horizon, the first step has been taken and all those involved are to be commended.

But other states, like Iowa, also show us that we still have much work to do as a movement as pro-life bills never even made it out of committees. Pro-life groups were at odds with some siding with Planned Parenthood to oppose the bills.

As with any war, and we are at war with the abortion lobby, there are battles that have to be fought on different fronts. We need to support one another, not tear each other down. By attacking on different fronts we can and will win the war one battle at a time.

We just celebrated Easter and are reminded that Christ conquered death. He has already won the battle for LIFE. We all just need to work together and victory will be ours sooner rather than later.

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History Had Been Made!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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After four years of hard work pro-life personhood legislation has passed both houses of the North Dakota legislature! This means that North Dakota is only a popular vote away from being the first state in American history to ban abortion!

The passage of the legislation will place a referendum on the 2014 general election ballot that will let the people of North Dakota declare that life begins at conception.

If the referendum passes on November of 2014, it will set precedence across the nation and will embolden other states to do likewise. You can be sure that the pro-aborts will sound the alarm and will come out in droves to try and stop the passage of the referendum.

The next 19 month will certainly be a battle that we all need to be involved in if we are to be victorious in November 2014. We need to be prepared to address any lies they put forth, and they will tell lies. The abortion industry will say anything they can to keep the abortion machine spitting out money.

In order to make North Dakota the first state in American history to completely ban abortion, we need the tools to fight back against the ruthless attacks of the pro-abortion lobby. There will be many pro-life organizations fighting this battle from many different fronts. Every one of them will need your prayers and your support.

The pro-abortion industry is already getting their bank accounts filled with my and your tax dollars. The organizations fighting to protect life don’t get federal money to do their work so they rely on individuals like you to continue their fight. Find a pro-life group you like and support them any way you can.

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Pro-life Concerns Mentioned at King Memorial

Monday, January 21st, 2013

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Date: January 21, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
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ATLANTA, GA. — Having just returned from the 45th Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement:

“I was pleased to join with the King family once again today in honoring the memory and recommitting ourselves to the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In particular, Elder Bernice King, Martin’s daughter, made reference to the fact that Dr. King was not just speaking for the Negro, but ‘for all marginalized people,’ and she referred to the need to affirm the ‘personhood’ of all.

“The keynote speaker, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, made this even more explicit when he said that living out the dream of Dr. King, and seeking justice, require that we end violence ‘in and outside the womb’ and that part of the cry of justice today is to ‘defend life.’

“On this holiday in honor of Dr. King, I want to again bring attention to the statement, The Beloved Community and the Unborn, signed by several members of the King family. And on this eve of the completion of 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, may we all recommit ourselves to the dream that one day our unborn brothers and sisters will be able to say, Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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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Personhood: A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics

Friday, August 31st, 2012

By Daniel Becker

“’Personhood’ is at the very heart of the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement. My Uncle Martin once said that to deny a person is “to say that he has no right to existence.” Whether it is Dred Scott, Sojourner Truth, 1968 Sanitation Workers, or a baby viewed in a 3D Ultrasound, from conception until natural birth, a person is a human being, entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This right to personhood is a civil right. So, this book is an essential tool for these times.”

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Fetus: What They Think I Am

Monday, February 20th, 2012

By Bryan Kemper and Andy Moore

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Taking ‘personhood’ back

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Here is an article Fr. Frank wrote about ‘personhood.’ An issue that has grabbed more traction in recent days. Specifically, Mississippi’s Amendment 26. Pastor Walter Hoye of Personhood USA has been working in California with the same goal as the Mississippi amendment. My friend Walter is a humble leading voice in the Personhood Movement!

I recently did an awareness ad to support the Personhood message. In it, I noted that:

In America we protect the eggs of certain animals but we don’t protect our own unborn children. There’s something wrong with that.

Fr. Frank is right. Let’s start with protecting the obvious. The approximately 3,700 human people who are being killed daily by abortion are little people, little human beings. They are “persons” just as you and I are “persons” and should be protected by law.

Fr. Frank Pavone | Nov 2, 2011 3:29 PM

Pavone writes for On Faith as part of our expert roundtable on the Mississippi personhood initiative, a constitutional referendum on whether or not to call a fertilized human egg a ‘person,’ thus giving it legal rights and protection. Read Colleen Carroll Campbell of EWTN , who writes, Personhood begins when life begins, and Frances Kissling, former head of Catholics for Choice, who asks Does Mississippi really respect life?.

The first challenge in the debate over “personhood” initiatives for human life in its earliest stages is to actually engage the issue, rather than reactively dismiss it with labels like “extreme.”

First, this is not a dispute about when the life of an individual human being starts. That’s settled scientifically.

The widely used medical textbook The Developing Human, Clinically Oriented Embryology states at page 2 that “A zygote is the beginning of a new human being….” At page 18 this theme is repeated: “Human development begins at fertilization….” (6th Edition, Moore, Persaud, Saunders, 1998).

Nor is this a dispute about the state imposing a religious or philosophical view. After all, your life and mine are not protected because of some religious or philosophical belief that others are required to have about us. More accurately, the law protects us precisely in spite of the beliefs of others who, in their own worldview, may not value our lives.

Nor is this about condemning those who have abortions. My ministry, and that of many other pro-life groups, actively reach out with compassion to bring alternatives to abortion and to bring forgiveness and healing to those who have had abortions.

The question at hand is whether the law will protect every human being as a legal person.

The 14th amendment to the Constitution states in part, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The fact that the law does not protect children in the womb from abortion is rooted in the words of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, “the word person as used in the Fourteenth Amendment does not include the unborn.”

Ironically, eight months before Roe vs. Wade, personhood was also discussed in relation to protecting the environment. In the decision, Sierra Club vs. Morton , Justice Douglas argued the following words in his dissent:

“The ordinary corporation is a “person” for purposes of the adjudicatory process. So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, ridges, groves of trees, swampland, or even air that feels the destructive pressures of modern technology and modern life…With all respect, the problem is to make certain that the inanimate objects, which are the very core of America’s beauty, have spokesmen before they are destroyed…”

Eight months later, he ruled with the majority in Roe vs. Wade that “the word person does not include the unborn.”

There is a stunning arbitrariness to this decision, and a stunning implication about the power of the government. To support Roe vs. Wade is not merely to allow a medical procedure. It is to acknowledge that the government has the power to say who is a person and who is not. Who, then, is to limit the groups to whom it is applied? This is what makes “personhood” such an important public policy issue.

Some object because of the unenforceability of protecting new human beings who may be destroyed by various forms of birth control that prevent implantation. Here medicine and law need to work together in a difficult arena to figure out how to protect human life.

But let’s start with the obvious. Arms and legs of children in the womb throughout pregnancy are being ripped off each day by abortion. Will we persist in the fantasy that these are not human persons who should enjoy equal protection? And indeed, both medicine and law are moving in the direction of recognizing the status of the unborn more clearly.

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Cain, Bachmann, Gingrich Say Yes to Life – Cain Leads With Innovative Economic Recovery Plan

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

As the Republican presidential candidates battle to become the next presidential nominee for the Republican Party, a new Rasmussen poll shows the economy as the number one issue people are concerned about. Rounding out the top five issues of concern are government ethics and corruption, health care, taxes, and education. The issue of abortion didn’t even make the top ten. How disappointing!

Abortion should be at the top of the list. Abortion touches all of the other issues directly or indirectly. Because of the missing 54+ million babies who have been killed by abortion, our economy has suffered. Money from the abortion industry, and Planned Parenthood specifically, that is funneling into the political campaigns of politicians has certainly affected voting outcomes. Just look at the latest attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Abortion is certainly a healthcare issue; not the right to an abortion but certainly the health of the babies is affected. A new survey published in the British Journal of Psychology found 81 percent of women who have had an abortion to be at increased risk for significant mental health problems. That’s certainly a health issue. The old saying “only two things are certain in our lifetime, death and taxes” is certainly affected by the lack of the taxes not being paid by the 54+ million not working and paying taxes. And last but not least, education; an important issue but one that is mute for the babies not alive to receive an education.

All that being said, I’m glad that the Republican presidential candidates at the Palmetto Freedom Forum on Monday in South Caroline had a chance to respond to an interesting question regarding abortion and express their position on a very important issue, namely, personhood. Attending the debate were businessman Herman Cain, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul, and former Governor Mitt Romney.

According to Michael J. New of the National Review Online, “Princeton professor Robert P. George asked all five candidates whether they would support legislation, under Section Five of the 14th Amendment, that would restore legal protection for unborn children. The 14th Amendment guarantees that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The fifth section gives Congress the power to enforce, “by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” The strategy Professor George is proposing would be for Congress to legislate that unborn children are persons under the 14th Amendment.

Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich said they would support such legislation. Ron Paul said that crime should be a state-level issue. He said that he would support a bill that would deprive lower federal courts of jurisdiction over abortion cases, so that state restrictions on abortion would be immune from judicial review. Mitt Romney said that he feared such legislation would provoke a constitutional crisis. Instead, he would focus on appointing judges who would return abortion regulation to the states.”

The issue of personhood is being brought up at the state level in every state with Personhood USA leading the way to try and change laws at the state level. You can sign a petition for your state here.

Now we have three presidential candidates who have proclaimed that they would support such legislative laws to give the unborn their personhood and their protection under the law and thereby making abortion illegal in America. Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich, we applaud you for your courage and commitment to stand up for the unborn.

Mr. Cain also pointed to his many successes in bringing major corporations back from the brink of economic collapse to healthy and prosperous economic recovery.

Protecting the unborn is a very important issue, and it too is an economic issue. Abortion is costing over 3,700 babies their lives every single day in America alone. Read George P. Schwartz’s book Good Returns to discover the negative impact it has on our economy. Inquiring minds will want to know.

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